Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reviewer's Choice Award: Rough by Hayden Hunt

Author:  Hayden Hunt
Publisher:  Hayden Hunt
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 212
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Leaving was the hardest thing I ever did. That is, until I had to come back... 

As soon as I turned 18, I left my old town behind. I wanted a new life, free from judgemental parents, free from the things I was not ready to accept about myself. Unfortunately, in the process of fleeing everything I hated, I also fled the one thing I cared about... My best friend, Aaron.

But now I have to come back and every piece of me is scared. I haven't gotten Aaron off my mind since I left and I both desperately wanted to see him and wanted to avoid him forever. I wish I could see him, but will he forgive me for what I've done? Is our relationship fixable after all these years?

He makes me feel both amazing and terrible.

I've never been as close to anyone as I have been with Jesse. I had to admit, I missed that closeness. But with closeness comes vulnerability and he took advantage of that vulnerability to protect himself. This is something I'm not sure I can forgive, I never planned to.

But now he is back in my life and I don't know how to avoid him or if I even want to. I've never been so torn. Is he someone I should allow back into my life?

This standalone gay romance novel is on sale for only .99 and comes complete with HEA ending!

Rough by author Hayden Hunt is a book I kept re-reading just because I loved the story that much. This book is written in dual POV. I liked it for this story because I really got a chance to see into the characters, and for this story, you really needed that.
Jesse has broken up with his ex because he really couldn’t connect with her. There was no spark at all.  He has been taught he has to be with a girl. His parents are very religious. But he really wants the boy, the boy his parents always hated.
Aaron had loved Jesse when they were kids. But Jesse had not stuck by him or loved him back. Now he is an ER nurse in the same hometown he grew up in.
When Jesse comes back to town and ends up in the ER they have a chance to connect again, but is it too late to repair the damage to the friendship they once had?
Jesse needs Aaron, not just as a lover but as a true friend.  Jesses know he messed up, he is very hard on himself. Aaron has to find it in himself to see past the hurt to the friend he once had.

This is a great story; the characters are real and I felt for them all the way through this story. I loved this one. It is a book for my keeper shelf. When I want a true romance, I am gonna re-reading this one again and again. 

                      Five Shooting Stars and Shining Star Award

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