Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weight of the World by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack (audiobook)

Title: Weight of the World
Author: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Michael Pauley

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Zack  and Tommy
Release Date: November 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Treycore Films, LLC
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
"The world’s an awfully big thing to carry by yourself." 

Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too. He talks Zack down, convincing him there's still hope left in the world. Zack thinks maybe he's right, which is why he's shocked when he turns on the news the next morning to find out Rob jumped himself. Disturbed and confused, he searches for answers, starting with Rob’s brother Tommy Rayburn. 

It’s been Tommy’s job to take care of his brother since they were kids, taking the blows from their father so Rob wouldn’t have to. Tommy thought he could protect him, even if it meant carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Considering Rob threw himself off a building, he obviously couldn't. 

Then he meets Zack, a friend of Rob’s who’s suspiciously evasive about how they knew each other. But they’re both grieving and determined to find out why Rob jumped. Answers don’t come easily, and soon they’re soothing each other with sweat-slicked, passionate encounters. Hot as things get in the bedroom, it doesn’t take them long to realize there’s more between them than mind-blowing sex and their pain. But the heaviness is still there, threatening to pull them under, and if they can’t open up with each other to lighten the load, the weight just might be enough to crush them both.

My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 4.25
Story: 4.0

Read the premise of this story and you know that it's going to be an emotional one. And it was...but I never felt that it was too depressing or hard to take. I actually enjoyed getting to see Zack and Tommy work through their grief/sadness/confusion about Rob's suicide together. I thought the authors did a really good job of balancing that so that the book wasn't depressing, although the sadness definitely lingers throughout the story. 

Both of these guys are hurting, but it was hard to see how much Zack needs something more. He was on that roof for a reason, and that didn't miraculously go away. And then the thoughts of what will happen to Tommy if Zack somehow goes off the deep end's terrifying. 

But beyond belief, these two guys find true happiness with one another. Zack's secret is still out there lurking though and the reader knows it's eventually going to come out. 

I did enjoy this one. I liked both the characters. I could empathize with both characters. My heart hurt for what both of them are going through. Overall, I just really liked this story and enjoyed the audiobook...a lot. 

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