Title: Smoky Mountain Dreams
Author: Leta Blake
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 11/14/2014
Genre(s): M/M Bisexual, M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Western/Cowboys
Page Count: 424
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Sometimes holding on means letting go
After giving up on his career as a country singer in Nashville, Christopher Ryder is happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee. But while his beloved Gran loves him the way he is, Christopher feels painfully invisible to everyone else. Even when he’s center stage he aches for someone to see the real him.
Bisexual Jesse Birch has no room in his life for dating. Raising two kids and fighting with family after a tragic accident took his children’s mother, he doesn’t want more than an occasional hook-up. He sure as hell doesn’t want to fall hard for his favorite local singer, but when Christopher walks into his jewelry studio, Jesse hears a new song in his heart. (less)
This is the first Leta Blake, story I didn’t fall in love with. I had a hard time connecting with the MC’s because the story came across as stiff and stilted. There was so much effort into making it “right” that these guys came across as caricatures of gay men. Another side effect of “getting it right” is that the story ended up being longer than it needed to be as well. There were moments I found myself a bit bored but the glimmer of brilliance that cropped up ever so often made reading turning the page less of a chore … that is until the brilliance became few and far between. That was when I threw in the towel.
This book was written in 2014 so it’s one of Blake’s earlier writings which probably explains why the “errors” stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to her later works which I absolutely adore.
If you’re new to reading the MM genre, I would recommend this as a “gateway” book. If this is not your first time at the rodeo and/or have gay friends, this book may grind your nerves a bit. If Leta Blake, ever revised this I would read it in a millisecond. The story has good bones, it’s the execution that kinda fell flat.