Sunday, February 8, 2015

Backward by Andrew Grey

Title:     Backward
Series title:  Bronco’s Boys, Book 3
Author:    Andrew Grey
Publisher:    Dreamspinner Press
Genre:    Contemporary GLBT
Page Count:200
Reviewer: Cassiopeia
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Publisher Blurb:

Club owner Harry Klinger has had his eye on Tristan Martin for months, but never had the nerve to approach him. He’s watched as Tristan dated Eddie and then reluctantly sat on the sidelines during the emotional breakup when Tristan discovered Eddie was dealing drugs. Now that Tristan seems to be healing, Harry hopes to get his chance.

When Eddie sends his men into Harry’s club to harass Tristan, Harry steps in to help. Tristan is reluctant at first since he admittedly has terrible taste in men, but Harry seems genuine, and Tristan can’t help but think Harry’s sexy as well and begins to hope for happiness for both of them.

Unfortunately, Eddie isn’t behaving rationally, sampling too much of his own product. With his determination to take Tristan back, it’ll take more than Harry’s help to keep Tristan safe as Eddie ratchets up his attempts to get what he wants.

Review of book:

When you're an author, you run the risk of falling into a rut and regurgitating the same story line over and over.  Andrew Grey is not one of those people. Backward, the third installment of his Bronco’s Boys series certainly builds on the previous two books Inside Out, and Upside Down, but it offers a look into characters that have un until now, been primarily in the background. 

Harry, Bull’s friend and club co-owner, has always been the quiet one.  Sure, he's dated and done the one night stand thing, but you always knew that those still waters ran deep.  And boy, did they ever.   He knows he wants more, he's just not sure that he’ll ever get there.  He's had his eye on Tristan for quite awhile, and while the younger man is now single, Harry isn't sure that he has enough to offer or thathis interest would be returned.

On the outside, Tristan seems to be doing well since his breakup with his ex, Eddie.  On the inside? He's a complete mess.  He's sure that on some level, he's at fault for not recognizing what a horrible man Eddie is, and by extension   all of the trouble that the dealer is causing for his friends. He's vulnerable and unsure of himself in so many ways, and Harry’s interest seems too good to be true.  I thought the character’s portrayal was very realistic; he might have been victimized, but he was in no way a victim.  His inner strength was inspiring, and I was glad to see that he had such a fantastic support system in his friends. In many ways, Harry was exactly what he needed.  He was kind, strong both physically and emotionally, and had experienced a failed relationship with a partner that was less than honest.  He could understand where Tristan was coming from, and offer him honest insight to help in the healing process.

My favorite part of the books in this series has to be the way the characters are written.  They're regular guys facing the same issues so many do – whether they'll find some one to love, having a career they'll enjoy, etc. They're so likable, you can't help but feel a connection to them. Harry and Tristan are no exception – there's nothing special about them really, yet they're exceptional both as individuals and together as a couple.  This is what I think makes the book such a great read – you could see yourself catching lunch or grabbing coffee with them.  They're that incredibly relatable. 

Andrew Grey has another hit on his hands with Backward.  It's got a plot that's hot, sweet, and packed full of enough excitement to make you sad you've reached the end. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series, which I hope will be Kevin’s story.  
                                                     Five Shooting Stars

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