{Review} Yours All Along by Roni Loren

{Review} Yours All Along by Roni LorenYours All Along by Roni Loren
Also by this author: Call on Me, Loving You Easy
Series: Loving on the Edge #7.5
Also in this series: Call on Me, Loving You Easy
Published by InterMix on June 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Pages: 135
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The new Loving on the Edge romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing Between Us turns on the heat between two men who wonder how much they’re willing to risk in the name of love.

Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.

But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.

Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…


Erin: Roni Loren’s novella, Yours All Along is part of her Loving on the Edge series. Up front, I’ll say that this is the first book of Loren’s I’ve read and there are seven books ahead of this one in the series. Saying that, I was perfectly able to follow along with the story and though I might have (and I kind of hope I did) miss out on some background information regarding Devon and Hunter, it wasn’t enough to take away from my enjoyment of the book.

Best friends to lovers books are among my favorite types—throw in a second chance at love mixed with gay for you and I’m so all in. That’s what drew me to this book in the first place. Roommates and best friends in college, Devon and Hunter reconnect after four years of silence when Hunter shows up at Devon’s restaurant out of the blue and about to marry his perfect, blonde fiancée.

I loved the set-up of this book. I was immediately drawn to Hunter and when he and Devon see each other after years of being apart, I was hooked and invested. I wanted to see how these two would reconnect. I wanted to find out what pulled them apart.

However, I was a bit disappointed at how Roni Loren proceeded with the rest of the book. There was nothing at all wrong with the writing; Loren’s words are engaging and flowed nicely. Where I had a problem is the fact that a good 80% of the book is spent on a flashback, showing how Hunter and Devon came to be best friends and how their attraction to one another grew until it exploded into one night of hot sex. The chemistry between Devon and Hunter was undeniable.

“I know how casual sex works. I’ve had my share.”

“With women. Don’t pretend this is the same thing. Things might seem exciting now – all that unknown. But how are you going to feel the morning after when you wake up and it sinks in that you’ve slept with a dude? That the taste lingering in your mouth is my dick? That your ass is sore because I’ve had my fingers or more inside you?

Both of them are developed well. I did enjoy seeing how their attraction to each other grew, but I didn’t get enough of them AFTER they meet again. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book, because I did. Very much. I’ll even go back and read the previous books and I’ll definitely check out the next in the series. I really liked Roni Loren’s “voice”. Her writing style is effortless and I was sucked into the story from the first word and kept turning the page, wanting more. I know this is a novella, so I knew it was going to be short, but I feel like there were A LOT of loose ends. I definitely need more of Devon and Hunter; I sure hope to see more of them in the future.

Erin

Erin is a book addict! She loves books of all kinds, but her favorites are Contemporary Romance or YA (and she reads both boy/boy AND boy/girl, sometimes even girl/girl!) She's been reading since she could hold a book in her hands and doesn't see that changing any time soon. Give her a Coke, kick ass tunes from her favorite playlists, and a book, and she's in reading heaven.

She's a Texan, though she drinks her tea plain and NOT sweet. She loves cheesecake, strawberry limeade's from Sonic and her favorite color is purple. In her books, she loves an HEA, but she never minds if the road is rough to get there, as long as the reward is worth the struggle.

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