Book Reviews

Heart of a Mountain (Cade Creek 12) by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-September-2016

Book Blurb

John Aldrin Flores came to Cade Creek hoping to build a new life outside of the city. After landing a job at the Cade Creek Diner, Aldrin has a chance to meet many of the townspeople, but the one that interests him the most is the one that doesn't say anything. Determined to bring the gorgeous man out of his shell, Aldrin sets about showing Jonah Cade that there is life off his mountain top.

Jonah Cade's family founded Cade Creek. There is a legacy there he's not sure he can fulfill. After losing every member of his family in a horrific accident the same week he suffers the horrors of war at its worst, Jonah cracks. Moving to the top of his mountain and becoming a recluse is an act of pure self-preservation.

At the behest of his therapist, he goes into town once a week for church, supplies, and to have the Sunday special at the Cade Creek Diner. When his dinner comes with a kind word and a smile, Jonah starts to look outside his self-imposed exile, but will the danger stalking them tear them apart before Aldrin's smile wins Jonah over? And can Jonah learn to trust in people again before he loses Aldrin forever?

 

Book Review

Cade Creek is a town that offers safety and protection to a variety of inhabitants, but especially those who have been abused or were hunted wherever they came from. The series theme around abused men finding safety, a life partner, and a new home in the small but well-defended city of Cade Creek is prominent in this twelfth book. More than that, I got to see a member of the founding family, Jonah, and found out more details about Cade Creek history. Between John and Aldrin, who works at the diner as a waiter, these two men have a ton of issues. More than once I was wondering which one of them needed more help. Their meeting is more or less coincidental, but once Aldrin decides he is interested in Jonah, there isn’t a whole lot Jonah can – or even wants to – do to stop Aldrin.

Aldrin is looking for a new start in life, one that is less hectic than in the city. He is full of energy, always has a smile for his customers, and works very hard to make a living. The first time he sees Jonah, a veritable mountain recluse, come into the diner, Aldrin decides to get the man to open up. Never mind Jonah’s gruffness, or his refusal to say more than the words needed to order his food, Aldrin is intrigued, curious, and determined to see him smile, maybe even get him to laugh.

Jonah has had a tough life. An only child, the weight of the Cade family legacy is too much for him, and he ends up in the Army. But after almost dying during what was supposed to be a rescue mission, and losing his entire family in the same week, Jonah withdraws behind emotional walls that have proven virtually impenetrable. The first time he sees Aldrin he is smitten, but he has no idea what to do, or how to deal with all the emotions that begin to flood him every time he sits down for his weekly Sunday dinner.

As Aldrin slowly gets Jonah to open up, it becomes clear the attraction is mutual. But then Aldrin is brutally attacked –twice, someone takes a shot at them as they leave the hospital, and it becomes clear they have more to deal with than their blossoming love and trying to decide if building a life together is something Jonah can handle. What an emotional roller coaster on top of all the action!

If you like stories about tormented, lonely men who need more than a little help and poking to “come back to the living”, if you want to see what determination and sheer stubbornness can achieve when a man filled with energy applies himself to pull a stubborn almost-hermit out of his shell, and if you’re looking for a read that is heartbreaking, inspiring, emotional, and lots of action toward the end, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. It’s one of the best in this series, as far as I am concerned.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 118 pages/31600 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-August-2016
Price $4.50 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/book/heart-of-a-mountain