Rock finds Justin confusing. While saving a busload of children hanging off the edge of a highway overpass, the cute rookie is cool and confident. But when Rock tries to chat him up, he stutters and chokes. Frustrated, Rock teases Justin, and boy, is his temper hot.
Though Rock and Justin share a steamy kiss, Justin keeps his distance, still tongue-tied. Then, when Justin is injured on the job, Rock takes him to the hospital, and some of the barriers start to crumble. But getting his enigmatic boyfriend to open up brings up more questions about Justin's past.
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By Morgan A Skye on 13-06-2016
Nice addition to the series
This is part of a series but can absolutely be read as a standalone.
Justin is a young police officer who has a hard time picking up guys because he gets a dry mouth and freezes up. When he ends up helping EMT Rock to rescue a bus load of kids, he finally finds someone who helps him to crack through his “shyness” and lets him be himself.
But… their road isn’t easy. It takes several “exposures” to Rock before Justin can talk and they keep running into dangerous situations! On top of that Justin’s mom is absolutely evil and tries to keep them apart.
Eventually, Justin (who’s a virgin!) and Rock find their HEA and Justin finds a way to tell his mother off, too!
I am a fan of Andrew Grey and most of the time the way he writes, the characters he creates and the “feels” he elicits hit the mark for me. In this case, there were a few elements missing to really grab me and pull me into the story.
I think the short length forced the story to move at a pace that was more “telling” and less “showing”. Justin’s shyness problem is really over developed and we’re told that it’s a big problem but we’re not really shown that very well.
We are also told that Rock is interested in Justin and he definitely butts into his life very quickly, but we aren’t shown why he’s interested. When Rock confronts Justin it seemed too intuitive for the amount of time the MCs had spent together. It also felt too soon when Rock confronts Justin’s mother, for the same reasons.
I thought the number of “dangerous situations” these guys were in diminished the time they could have been building their relationship, and sometimes I wondered at their motivation. For example, when in the diner, only Justin goes investigating while the clearly-more-dominant Rock sits quietly and waits.
When the MCs do begin to explore their relationship it went from zero to sixty (I can’t talk to you to ILY) again with minimal build up. I also thought the mother’s “intervention” was a bit OTT and unbelievable given the rest of story.
So, by the end, while I was really happy for the HEA and pleased that Justin’s mom got told off, I didn’t feel the “feels” I usually do when I finish a good Andrew Grey book.
Paul Morey does his always-reliable job of giving Rock a nice deep “alpha” voice and Justin a nice, but not-too-twinkish voice. He definitely enhanced the story with his ability to relate emotion and I always enjoy his work. However, listening to this made the parts of the story that made me cringe feel even more highlighted and it is for this reason that – I think – I was more critical of the story in audio format than I had been when I originally read it.
Overall, it’s a nice, short story with a very HEA and a solid narration.
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By Katy Beth on 06-08-2017
Strong Dedicated Men
Both Justin and Rock are strong and dedicated to their job and their community. And together they learn to care and build a relationship.