Monday, October 30, 2017

Life On Pause by Erin McLellan

Title: Life on Pause
Author: Erin McLellan
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series
Main Characters: Niles and Rusty
Release Date: October 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Niles Longfellow is a nerd, and not the trendy type of nerd, either. He wears a historically accurate homesteader costume to work every day, has a total of one friend, and doesn’t know how to talk to guys. So when he gets a flat tire and the hottest hipster ever stops to help him, all Niles can think is that he’s wearing his stupid cowboy getup. Normally, Niles feels invisible to other men, but he’d take that invisibility any day over Rusty Adams seeing him in suede and fringe.

Rusty moved to Bison Hills to help his sister raise her daughter, and nothing is more important to him than that. He’s also fresh off a breakup, and isn’t prepared for anything complicated. But then he meets Niles. Rusty sees Niles as more than a clumsy, insecure guy in a costume. He sees a man who is funny, quirky, and unexpected.

Nothing about their connection is simple, though, especially the lies and insecurities between them. Niles doesn’t know if he can trust Rusty with his heart, and when Rusty’s sister decides to move away, Rusty doesn’t know if he can stay behind.

My Review:
It's official...this is the second Erin McLellan book I've read and she's now on my auto-buy list. I just really enjoy the way she writes her stories. 

This is such a good book. Niles is NOT your typical hero. He works in a museum...one that requires him to dress up like a frontiersman on a regular basis. He's tall and gangly and more than a little socially inept. To his mind, he's nowhere even close to Rusty's level of hotness. Niles has accepted that his hookups will be nothing more than that...back room hookups with no real emotional connection at all. But then he meets Rusty...and it almost seems like Rusty might...like him? It's hard for Niles to accept and that causes all kinds of conflict in this new relationship.

Because Rusty is into Niles...he actually thinks that Niles' awkwardness is cute and endearing. But Rusty has his own issues happening. He only came to this small town to follow his sister and niece and give them family support. But now his sister is moving and Rusty is torn. He loves this small town and his job...and now there's this new thing with Niles, but Niles isn't confident enough in their relationship to handle normal stressors...a long distance thing would never work. 

I really liked this story. This small Oklahoma town was quirky and fun. I've lived in Oklahoma several times over my life, and it was fun to go back and "visit" through the eyes of these characters. The romance was as sweet as it was painful at times. My heart hurt for Niles. No one has ever shown him that he's worthy of love and that's hard to read. I wanted and needed everything to work out for him and Rusty. 

I also really liked the side story of both of their closest friends. Todd and Victor added an interesting element to the story and things were kind of hot between the two of them. I'm thinking maybe a sequel to come with them as the heroes? I would LOVE that!

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

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