Title: Nice ‘n’ Rosy
Series: Cedar Falls, #3
Author: Shea Balik
Length: Novella (147 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (March 28th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Jesse Grant was a proud, flamboyant gay man who wasn’t afraid to wear makeup and heels. Not about to change for anyone, not even if that meant he’d been in more than a few fights over the years.
Parker Flemming wasn’t sure what to think of Jesse when he walks toward him. Dressed in Daisy Dukes, pink tank top, with matching flip-flops, Jesse looked like a dream come true. Too bad Parker had to give up his dream of finding a man like Jesse to settle down with since moving back in with his homophobic mother after his father died.
Jesse had always been a “love them and leave them” kind of guy, until he meets Parker, who has his heart racing with just one look. Confused when Parker runs the other way, Jesse isn’t deterred.
After all, isn’t the chase half the fun?
Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/nice-n-rosy
Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.
Jesse has been attracted to Parker since he first saw him building a wood display case for his friend’s business. Jesse becomes obsessed with Parker and pursues him with everything he had. Even as Parker tried to push him away.
Parker wants Jesse too. However he has serious issues to deal with his family, mainly his mother. He knows that if he chooses his want for Jesse he will be banned from seeing his younger siblings. Something he cannot do as his mother is a raving lunatic who uses religion as her why to tear her children down. He does what he has to through and hides who he really is in order to protect them.
I love how Jesse is who is he is and doesn’t let anyone tell him he can’t be. However he really tended to piss me off in this story. Granted Parker was giving mixed signals, but not once did Jesse stop to question Parker about why he kept pushing Jesse away. Even when Parker did tell him, he still made it about himself instead of being a little supportive. Jesse wanted Parker to love him more than his own family and choose him over them. It really made me like Jesse a lot less for a while.
Parker I truly loved and felt so sorry for him and the spot he was in. He had to go back into the closet in order to give his sisters and brother a buffer from their mother. And even then he could not protect them completely. He wanted Jesse so much, but he also knew the damage their mother was doing to the kids and felt he had no choice. He even felt guilty for what he was doing to Jesse, but he stood firm until he could find a solution to get the kids away from his mother.
So this book left me a feeling a little in between liking it and loving it. I gave it a four because the writing was great and I really did feel for and love Parker so much. Jesse pulled it together in the end, but it really took something horrible to happen to pull his head out of his ass. I think it could have been much better if Jesse has made things less about him and actually looked at things from Parker’s point of view.
That all being said. It was a solid book with a lot of angst and damn hot and sexy happy ending. Once these two were finally together they burned up the sheets together.
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