Riley Hart
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Release Date
November 2013
Book 1 of Blackcreek

At ten years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided mid-air when they dove for the same football. For three years, they were inseparable…until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night.

Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, seventeen years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn't find his old friend grew up to be sexy as sin. Coop can't believe Noah—the only person he trusted with the guilt over his parents' death—is back. And gay… Or that Cooper himself suddenly wants another man in his bed for the first time.

There's no denying the attraction and emotion between them, but can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts to have a future together?

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Dec 17, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw literally collided as children and again as adults. Each time they get together, they grow closer despite Cooper's insistence that he's not gay. Riley Hart makes a convincing case that love transcends self-image.

When ten-year-old Noah and Cooper collide trying to catch a football, they end up best friends until Noah's parents suddenly move out of town in the middle of the night. Neither Noah nor Coop are in contact with each other until Coop's truck slides into Noah seventeen years later.

Noah, an ex-serviceman and admittedly gay, has returned to the home of his happiest childhood memories, running after his partner cheated on him. Noah wants to open a shop to sell the furniture he makes.

King of the One Night Stand Coop is ecstatic to see Noah and resume their friendship, but can't quite get his head around the fact that his former best friend is gay. As they hang out together, Coop admits to his sexual feelings for Noah, and Noah, who agreed to go into the closet for his former lover, refuses to do it again. He is, however, willing to give Coop time to come to terms with his discovery and see if Coop can also admit to being gay.

Riley Hart's slow, measured novel doesn't take Coop's self-discovery lightly. Each step of the way is meticulously recorded with both Coop's and Noah's celebrations and reservations. The growing sexuality from kisses to gay sex are entered into with baby steps, so that the growing relationship between the men is totally believable.

Fortunately, the story is deeper than just the growing lust then love between the two. The novel also delves into family histories and the reason each man is leery about forming a permanent relationship. All of this raises the book from the run-of-the-mill two men meeting and falling into lust.

What the book lacks is good editing to trim away the unnecessary repetitions, which would tighten up the pace of the story. At times I was tempted to skip pages that were redundant in order to get to Coop's next step or Noah's reservation about Coop's intentions.

The basic storytelling is solid, making the novel an interesting and worthwhile read. I can't wait to find out more about them in the next installment of Hart's Blackcreek series.
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