Monday, May 19, 2014

High and Tight by Vanessa North

Title: High and Tight
Author: Vanessa North
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Adam and Harris
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Pilot Adam Walker has had one great love in his life: Harris Kingston. But twelve years ago, when he accepted a scholarship and joined the Navy, he chose duty to his country over love. Their on-again off-again relationship was never more than private joy, a frustrating fact of military life.

Harris never wanted to be anyone's dirty little secret. When Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed two years ago, Adam broke his heart one last time. He's picked up the pieces and moved on, building a great career and dating guys who aren't afraid to be seen in public with him. But when Adam strolls into his salon asking for a haircut, his newfound happiness goes to hell in a handbasket.

Adam's been at war with himself for over a decade. Now on the verge of leaving the military, he's desperate to court Harris the right way and be forgiven. With two weeks' leave and a Navy man's conviction, he's ready to start over…if he can convince Harris he's ready to come out and commit.

My Review:
There were elements of this book that I absolutely adored and then there were elements that I really didn't fully understand. 

Adam and Harris....have been friends and lovers for a long time, but it's always been totally hidden. Mainly because Adam has a military career that would have been destroyed by coming out of the closet. But that excuse went away two years before the events in this book when Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed...but Adam didn't come home to claim Harris. That's the part I can't get past...much like Harris. So I completely understand Harris's viewpoint throughout this whole story where he can't forgive and forget. Two. Years. That's a long time. And the thing one is denying that these guys love each other. They do, but...TWO. YEARS.

The thing is, I also really liked Adam and felt for him, because he realizes that he's blown it. For once, he's the one getting his heart crushed (normally during the history of their relationship, he's continually left Harris). After being in the closet for so long, he thinks he's ready, but that's the one thing that happens in this book is his character growth as he realizes just how wrong he's been. He took for granted that Harris would just always be there for him and that their feelings would be enough, but Harris has moved on. 

It's kind of a tough book because these guys are so at-odd with each other and where they are going from here. I think the explanations needed to go just a few steps further to smooth over why things happened when they did and how they recovered from that in the end. It could have been a truly amazing book with another 5-10k words added, in my opinion. For all the drama and trauma, things wrapped up too quickly for me to be quite believable. But I did enjoy the story overall and liked the characters, even with all their flaws. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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