Felice Stevens
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Loose Id
Release Date
August 2014
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection. His parents rejected him because of his sexuality and his lover decided drugs were more important than his love. The only bright light in his life is his younger brother and his rescued pit bull, but now his mother's punishment for the lifestyle she doesn't approve of has cut him off from his brother he loves so desperately. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. Her ultimatum to get married pushes him to break off their relationship and he's determined not to jump into the dating scene. When a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he calls the neighborhood rescue for help.

After adopting one of the dogs, Jason finds he can't forget Ryder, and the two become fast friends. Then one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. After Jason devises a plan to bring Ryder and his brother together, they can no longer deny the passion between them. Will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the gender?

Book Review by Carly (Carly's Book Reviews) (reviewer)
Dec 27, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
245 people found the following review helpful
The only family Ryder has left are his dog, Pearl, and brother Landon. His parents disowned him after Ryder told them he was gay, and they did everything they can to keep Landon, a high school junior, and Ryder apart. After a series of failed relationships, Ryder has nearly given up on ever finding love. Forced to leave his job at a high-profile law firm due to his sexual orientation, Ryder now works at Rescue Me, a pit bull rescue organization founded by his best friends, Connor and Emily. He loves his combined legal/rescue work, and is happy with his professional life, even though his heart is battered by the constant emotional rejection.

Jason has known nothing but loving support from his parents and brothers, and after breaking up with his long time girlfriend, they become even closer. The day Jason calls Rescue Me to collect a group of dogs that were abandoned on his construction site, Ryder catches his eye. The instant connection he feels towards the beautiful man with the haunted eyes confuses Jason. After all, he's straight, isn't he? As their friendship develops, Jason must come to terms with his deepening feelings towards Ryder. As the situation between Ryder and his family worsens, Jason can no longer stand to see his friend in pain, but becoming involved may cost Jason more than he ever anticipated.

RESCUED is a heartfelt and emotional love story with characters that are beautifully written because of, not despite, their flaws. An example of how imperfect life can truly be, I loved how RESCUED drew me into the storyline and kept me engaged. While the development was a bit slowly paced at times, and I was occasionally confused by the timeline progression, I'm still giving RESCUED five stars due to its honesty, emotionalism, and because I truly enjoyed this touching romance. I'm looking forward to reading more stories by Felice Stevens as they are written!
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