Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: Wheels and Heels by Jaime Samms

Wheels and Heels 
(Stories from the Hen and Hog #1)
by Jaime Samms
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 12, 2018

As a teenager, Ira Bedford fled a troubled home life and people who didn’t understand his penchant for feminine things. In the city, he fell in with Cedric, who found him work as an underage stripper. It took him years to escape Cedric’s influence and try to build a life of his own.

Now, he just wants to be left alone to create his art. But Cedric’s on-going harassment means Ira had to drop out of art school, is squatting in a friend’s apartment, and is still relying on his allure as a sexy, skirt-wearing exotic dancer to pay his bills.

Then he meets Jed. Part-time bartender and the apartment building’s superintendent, Jed is just the right mix of strong, kind, and protective to pull Ira out of hiding. He also welcomes Ira into his chosen family at the Hen and Hog Pub. But Ira yearns for more. Still, he doesn’t dare to hope that Jed will want him and his questionable past, his skirts and high heels, his hang-ups, and the profession he seems unable to escape. But Jed will do anything to prove him wrong.

Why did I read so many poor gay hero story? Ira is a cross dresser and was so poor that he hardly had enough to eat after paying rent. This story reminds me very much of Anna Martin's The Impossible Boy. We have a cross dresser and then we have a gruff guy next door. Jed is literally the guy upstairs as he live in the same apartment as Ira. 

This is a story of attraction at first sight. Jed had a hero complex, he like to save everyone and one night he saved Ira from some bullies. From the first night, Jed wanted to kiss him and date him. Jed is the role model for perfect boyfriend and he dates. The conflict in their relationship is Ira, who doesn't like saving. In my opinion, Ira definitely needs saving, but he had some backbones and make sure Jed knows about it too. 

Ira used to work as a go go dancer and his ex-manager keep harassing him for years. Poor guy can't even live peacefully. I'm so glad that he finally found Jed and his extended family at the Hen and Hog bar. 

IMO, Ira had a contradicting personality. He seems insecure and shy most of the time, but then at other times he will be fierce whenever Jed act all protective over him. Sometime I can't predict what will Ira act next, which is confusing. But bottom line is, I like seeing Ira finally had someone he can count on.

The part that I appreciate most is seeing how domesticated Jed and Ira are. They are not flashy people, they don't go out. They are homebody, which is just so mundane that I feels so much warmth. The idea that they just spend time chilling out at home sounds really appealing. But of course, not all is sunshine and roses. We had a bad guy around the corner after all. He did get is comeuppance.