Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Something About You by Riley Hart

Something About You
by Riley Hart
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

Lucky Tyler Holloway has never felt particularly lucky. Frankly, he's about as regular as can be. He works construction with his brothers, loves his small-town life, and shares a close bond with his family—especially his grandmother. Okay, so maybe he has a few secrets in his closet, like his bisexuality…and that other thing he doesn’t talk about… Maybe that's why he's always felt a little like an outsider.

Grayson St. Claire has it all: a dream job in LA, money, freedom. Saint has no attachments, which is just the way he likes it. Still, he’d be lying if he didn’t admit he missed his deceased parents who were the only family he had... Until he gets an e-mail from some guy named Tyler revealing the existence of a grandmother he’s never met, and prompting Saint to drop everything to drive across the country.

Saint and Tyler couldn't be more different. Tyler hates the guy on sight, but there's something about Tyler that gets under Saint's skin. It’s not until they get to know one another that everything begins to change. But the Holloways and St. Claire’s have secrets, and their pasts are tied together in tragic ways they don’t know about. The odds are stacked against them and between their distance and their differences, Lucky and Saint have to admit that love alone might not be enough.

Really love this one. We have a small town golden boy, Tyler aka Lucky and a POC hero from LA. Tyler grew up and live in Cottage Cove his whole life and never tempted to venture out. Coming from a big family and love by everyone, he couldn't ask for more although he would prefer to have a chance to explore his bisexuality. When Tyler's grandma told him about her best friend, Alice's long lost grandson, Tyler made an effort to contact Grayson St. Claire. Although he wishes for Grayson to be reunited with his grandma, he didn't count for his own attraction towards the man himself. 

Grayson St. Claire aka Saint is some kind of bigwig PR guy from LA. Finding out that he still has a living family member threw him for a loop. However, despite his uncertainty and nervousness, he still wants to reconnect with his only surviving family member. Saint is like any big city boy, confident and suave and he had some misgiving about the small town lifestyle. Tyler doesn't seem receptive of him, but Saint is glad to meet his grandma and that's all he cares about.

There are two elements to the story, one was Saint's grandma's regretful past in regards to her family. It was something that was being revealed throughout the story, though I kind of predicted what happened there, it didn't take away the heartache I felt for her. The other part was seeing Tyler explore his sexuality with Saint's encouragement. Tyler was not in the closet per se, but living in a small town doesn't give him an opportunity to meet other queer men. Saint presence is the perfect push for Tyler to finally embrace himself. 

Tyler and Saint relationship developed at a right pace that isn't rush. Before Tyler even dare to admit his attraction to Saint, he had to overcome some mental barrier. Due to Tyler's inexperience, Saint is very accommodating and guiding him along the way. I was surprised when he revealed his secret fetish. It was something different that caught me by off-guard, yet turned me on at the same time. 

I really enjoyed the setting of the book, everyone had such a tight bond with each other within the small town. Tyler's family is really large and when Saint had to meet them, the moment was really heartwarming. Although the happy couple had to deal with the reality of distance with Saint needing to head back to LA, I know they will work things out. I thought the ending was really nice and hopeful HFN.

Fuck. He really hated Sienna right now. But the truth was, Tyler was attracted to Saint, and he sort of hated himself for it. Saint represented everything that annoyed the shit out of Tyler. He was arrogant and full of himself. He had money, and he wanted everyone to know it. He obviously had a grudge against or didn’t understand small-town life. They were too different, so the attraction didn’t make much sense. You don’t have to know or like someone to think they’re sexy. Ugh. Truth.  

He shifted uncomfortably. “You’re crazy. I don’t even like the guy.”  
“And?” Sienna asked. “Since when do we have to like someone to be attracted to them? I know you’re Mr. Nice Guy, but hate sex is some of the best sex you can have. Billy and I—” 
“Can you not?” Tyler cut her off. “I don’t want to hear any more about your sex life with Billy, and there’s no chance I’d have sex with Saint—hate sex or not.” Jesus, were they really going to do this? “Plus…even if I wanted to have sex with him—which again, I don’t—I’m not into fucking someone I don’t like, especially the first time I’m with a man, and I’m sure he’s straight anyway.” Just like everyone assumed Tyler was straight…and he had himself until he’d admitted the attractions he’d felt.  

He couldn’t believe he was having this conversation. He wanted to go back to before he’d admitted to Sienna he thought he might be bi. Well, he was pretty sure he was obviously bi. But it just felt…strange to have this conversation with her. To discuss his sexuality, which he was still working through himself, a sexuality he hadn’t yet explored outside of a kiss. How in the world did someone know if another man was gay or bi anyway? Hell, the man who kissed him had done it without any confirmation from Tyler. How had he known it wasn’t a quick way to get his ass beat—or worse?  

Sienna reached over and patted his thigh. “Oh, my dear, sweet friend. You are so innocent sometimes. He was totally checking you out.” 

“He was?” slipped out before Tyler could hold it back. “I mean, I don’t care if he was. I’m not interested. This isn’t a game to me, Si.” 

She sighed, and he could see the guilt in her eyes. “You think I don’t know that? I want you to have every experience, though.” She moved the bowl from between them and leaned against his side. Tyler wrapped his arm around her, Sienna’s head in the crook. “I’m sorry. I know I’m a little much sometimes. I definitely don’t want to push away the one person who always stays. I don’t know what I’d ever do without you.” 

“Hey.” He tilted her head toward him. “I’m not the only one who stays, and I’d never leave you. I hope you’re not talking about Billy either. You walked away from him, and you should have. That’s nothing on you.” 

“I know. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” She snuggled into him again, and he thought, not for the first time, how much easier life would be if he were in love with Sienna. Not just because she was a woman. There were other single women in town, and if he were interested, he could date them. He had dated some of them, but he and Sienna had always gotten each other on a different level. They understood each other and cared about each other. They had fun together, but anything other than friendship wasn’t there between them. Not on Tyler’s side, nor hers.  

“I don’t ever want anything to hold you back. You’re the best person I know. Why shouldn’t you have every experience possible? Why shouldn’t you know what it’s like to be with a man? And he’s sort of the perfect person because he’s leaving and he wants to jump your bones. I could see it.” 

Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. 
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves. 
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.

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