Title: States of Love
Author: Avon Gale
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: States of Love
Main Characters: Ryder and Adam
Release Date: December 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Story Overview:Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder’s ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he's worth the investment.
Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.
This is a quick read that provides a fun little distraction for a couple of hours.
Ryder is the owner of Hanged Man Bourbon, a small company that's been in his family and this small town for generations. Unfortunately, the small town is dying so Ryder is trying to revive it through his company. He's been searching for a larger bourbon company to buy the recipe so that both the company and town can get an infusion of new tourists.
Adam is employed by the company who bought the recipe. He's in Gallows Grove to determine if they can leave production of Hanged Man Bourbon there or need to move it to the larger company in Lexington. His presence can determine everything about Ryder's hopes and dreams. On the surface, Adam is a very reserved, staid man, but that's just what he's trained himself to be. He grew up in a family that's all the same. They certainly don't approve of him being gay or flaunting it. It's expected he marry (a female) and then carry on his deviant lifestyle through lovers...as is the family way.
Coming to this irreverent little town is the perfect remedy for his life.
Like I said this was a fun little book. The entire town is built on puns about death. To add to the levels of craziness, the only place for Adam to rent is a tiny room in the top floors of the funeral home where he shares his space with a room full of creepy dolls and a possessed ticking clock.
The book is irreverent and a tad zany, but I liked that about it. I also liked watching the relationship between Ryder and Adam develop and evolve.