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The town of Heartsville means something different to everyone who lives there. For Aaron Forester, it’s a gay-friendly buffer between himself and the rest of the world. After being outed in high school and bullied to the point of violence, his family uprooted their lives and relocated to the small hamlet. He’s moved on from all that and now owns a popular café in the bustling shopping district. But after twenty years of happy living, Aaron’s past creeps up on him in the most unexpected way.
Brad Collins only has one regret and he’s carried it with him since he was a teenager. When he moves to Heartsville and gets set up on a blind date with the most adorable, engaging man he’s met in a long time, he couldn’t be happier. But Brad didn’t expect the guy to be the person he outed in high school—whom he’s now falling in love with.
So, I think JH Knight is becoming one of my go-to authors. I’ve only read a few books by her, but I really enjoy her writing. Her stories work for me and her characters always interest me, pull me in.
Another Shot is the only Heartsville book I’ve read thus far from the series, but I like the concept of an exceptionally accepting town where it’s embraced to be gay and a community built around all sexes and sexual identities. And it’s in this town that we find Aaron, coffee-shop owner, survivor of childhood bullying, and an all-around nice guy. I like him. :)
Aaron is set up on a blind date by his sister. There’s a guy in her book club (go book club!) that would be perfect for Aaron and in walks Brad. Brad is swoony and kind and really into Aaron. I like him!
It’s insta-like, to fast-get-to-know-each-other, to finally-have-a-date, to get-into-my-bed. But just when you think the story is moving right along, the author throws in a curveball and Brad is gone the morning after.
I liked that there was a little angst thrown into the mix and when Brad comes clean as to why he left the morning after, my heart started to hurt. I was worried for Aaron, worried for Brad, worried for the two of them. And though it doesn’t turn out to be as bad as I had originally thought, I was still fretting.
In any case, the author ties everything up nicely…almost too nicely and definitely a bit too quickly (the downside of a short story!). I think whiplash pace of the ending threw me off a bit.
But still, well-written story that I found enjoyable.