Book Reviews

Nebraska by C.M. Randles at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-June-2018

Book Blurb

Supermodel Timothy McDougal has it all: a successful career, a gorgeous New York apartment, and a hot actor boyfriend. Nevertheless, he is desperately unhappy and slowly spiraling out of control…until an unexpected phone call changes everything. His sister, facing a challenging pregnancy, pleads with him to return to their small hometown of Concord, Nebraska.

And so, the prodigal son returns, only to be confronted with his first love—tall, dark, and handsome country veterinarian Devon Carter. It’s clear the two men still have chemistry, but their lives have grown significantly more complex in the years they’ve been apart. Now that he’s found Devon again, Tim will do anything to hold on to him, but he finds himself facing a minefield.

Can Tim and Devon navigate an ugly divorce, the trappings of fame in the social media age, and the small minds of an even smaller town in order to find their way to one another once again?

Book Review

Second chances at love are rare and forgiveness can be very hard, but sometimes one (or both) partners do not have all the information or are just too young to deal with their problems. In this story, Tim has run from his first love and a life in Nebraska to become a model in New York City – only to find out that he can’t be happy without dealing with that from which he ran so many years ago. Not that he realizes this immediately once a family emergency calls him back, so what ensues is a drama-filled path to happiness.

Tim is struggling with his career as a model, and much of the story is about him realizing he no longer wants to put up with the restrictions, would like to stop drinking and being a party-boy, and needs to figure out what to do next. The return to his hometown in Nebraska to help his sister makes him confront the truth. He learns and changes – slowly! – and becomes a different, stronger man by the end of the novel. It took me a while to get used to his style, but his floundering and many mistakes actually make him more likable.

Devon is Tim's first love and is now a country vet. He has a totally different set of issues than Tim. Devon got married and had two children before admitting he is gay – and is now trying to manage the results. He also grows, but I had trouble dealing with his initial lack of honesty. On the other hand, he clearly loves his kids and is desperate to find a way to keep them close. And that is not easy when being an out gay man in a rather traditional state.

Tim and Devon used to be lovers, so there is some baggage to deal with. When they meet again, their chemistry is still explosive, and they fall straight into bed. No real romance there. Only then do they begin to deal with the reality of their very different lives, including the fact that some cheating has occurred. Separation follows, and their relationship is very slow to recover from all these blows. Makes it very believable though, and I was all the happier to see them make it in the end. It felt like a very well-deserved result.

If you like second-chance romances, if you want to see two men get back together surrounded by drama and lack of clarity while they sort out their feelings, and if you’re looking for an entertaining story in a small-town setting, then you might like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 78359 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-April-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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