Title: Gone For You
Author: Riley Hart
Series: Wild Side
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 02-06-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 224
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Oliver Hayes wears his heart on his sleeve, and his friends never let him forget it. Every Friday night spent at Wild Side, their favorite West Hollywood bar, Oliver’s lack of hookups becomes the hot topic. It’s not that he doesn’t want a good time. He just wants it to *mean* something, which is a lofty goal when he’s still pining after his childhood crush, Matt, who left ten years ago to start a new life in New York City.
Matt Daniels has always felt most at home seated at a piano. He might not have entirely fit in with his family and friends, but he was always able to find himself in music. Or at least he did before he gave up his dream a lifetime ago. Now, he has a successful modeling career and should be enjoying every second of it. Yet nothing feels right, and Matt fears he’s losing himself.
Just when Oliver decides to get over Matt for good, Matt waltzes back into LA. As Matt struggles to understand what he’s missing in his seemingly perfect life, he falls right back into leaning on Oliver for support. Things aren’t what they used to be between them, though. They tumble into bed together, and it’s hard not to continue ending up there. For the first time in years, Matt’s inspired to compose again, reigniting a spark he thought long extinguished.
But as always, Oliver can’t keep his heart in check, and soon Matt realizes he’s gone for Oliver too. The biggest question is, can he fully give himself to someone if he still hasn’t figured out how to love himself?
It’s so rare for me to get to the end of a book, doing my happy dance, with an idiotic smile on my face, wishing that I was just at the beginning of the story whilst simultaneously desperate for the next installment. This is one of those rare occasions and if it were possible to give it 10 stars, I would. I loved it!
This is the first book in this series which is set in L.A. around a group of four men who have been best friends since they were young boys. Oliver, Matt, Miles and Chance are very different people from very different backgrounds but they’d do anything for each other, including being upfront and telling each other the harsh truths when they need to hear them.
This is Oliver and Matt’s story. Having been in love with Matt for as long as he can remember (without having his feelings reciprocated) Ollie settles for being there for his friend in any way he can, whenever he needs him. Unfortunately, Matt feels he has to step out of Ollie’s shadow and prove himself. He feels like Ollie always ‘saves’ him and his way of making his own way in the world is to push his friends and family away and take off for New York and a life that doesn’t make him happy. His return to LA for a break, after years away, finds him staying with Ollie and it’s like they’ve never been apart. They know each other inside out but it’s clear Matt is dealing with issues he’d rather internalise than talk about. The two steadily grow closer until one thing leads to another, and another, and another….
Their mutual attraction in undeniable and a night of passion results in a heart to heart which ends in heated words and Matt finally doing what he does best – running scared. What’s a romance without a wee bit drama?!
From the beginning of the book, RH creates an enviable bond between all four men but particularly the two MC’s, setting each scene perfectly to make you feel like you’re there with the characters. Don’t even get me started on the palpable tension and chemistry that oozes off the pages of between the two men. All I’ll say is, have a fan ready because they are seriously hot together!!! Sexy times aside, I loved the scene near the end with Matt and his father when they stopped avoiding and started talking. It was one of those rarer than rare moments where I (yes, me!) got all choked up.
RH writes in an awesome HEA for the pair, with no irritating cliffhanger but there is a wee preview of the next book, which will be Miles’ story. If it’s only half as good at this one was, it’ll still be amazing.