I'm really liking Bruce Rose's stories and this was a intriguing mix of a little raunchy and a lot of romance. This is the third book of his I've read, and they're each unique. It's not just PWP. He gets a lot of characterization into a novella of this length. Jody is young and a little innocent but he's 22 and Ryker is a big, tough 33 year old, lonely trucker. When his brother catches Jody at a truck stop glory hole and leaves him behind, Ryker, the "man mountain", the recipient of Jody's oral skills, rescues him. Intending to leave Jody somewhere safe, his sad resignation and their mutual attraction keep them together. Jody was an unusual character. It was a bit hard to believe he'd never questioned his brother about the life they'd led but his life history, as it unfolded, did support it enough to carry the device. I really liked Ryker, who although rather cynical about life, allows himself to open up and connect with Jody.
Ryker succumbs to Jody's innocent wiles and gives Jody a careful but seriously hot, dirty-talking introduction to sex. In between the sexy times, they begin to exchange the details of their similar pasts and forge a strong bond. It gets challenged by the addition of Marshmallow the puppy, which totally put me on team Ryker and Jody. It's not a ton of plot but it is a plot and delivers a sweet and heartwarming romance and HEA. This was a charming and sexy read that was just what I needed, especially after some gloomy disappointments. (less)
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)