Title: Hot August Comes
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Pages/Word Count: 24000 Words
At a Glance: One thing the author does well is give us a HFN ending that hinted at a HEA.
Reviewed By: Jackie
Blurb: Leo Corbin shook the dust of Westfall off his shoes to pursue opportunities among the bright city lights. When his mother suddenly dies, Leo returns home to settle her estate. His grief at her passing quickly turns to shock at what she left behind and rekindles old questions about the identity of his father.
Harrison Wade stuck by his father to help run the family farm. Life for a gay man in Westfall has limitations, but Harrison knows how to make the best of them. When Leo Corbin returns to town, Harrison’s quiet existence tilts. Leo is the guy who put an end to the high school bullying Harrison endured so many years ago. Harrison quickly discovers his old boyhood crush on Leo has matured into an adult attraction.
As the mercury rises, Harrison and Leo’s friendly buddy arrangement heats up. When hot August comes to Westfall, they discover home is more than where a man hangs his hat. It’s where he gives his heart.
Review: I hadn’t read a KC Kendricks book in a while, so when I saw Hot August Comes up for review, I snatched it up. I have always loved this author’s characters, and I wasn’t let down this time.
The story begins with Leo Corbin returning to his hometown to bury his mother and settle her estate. Not only was her death sudden, but Leo realizes, too late, that he may not have been the most attentive son in her final years. When he left Westfall, he never planned to stay away forever. It just kind of seemed to happen.
On his first day in town, he sees that not much has changed since he left, except for the fact there is now a bar downtown that wasn’t there before. When he ventures in to have a cold one, he runs into Harrison Wade. He doesn’t remember Harrison, but the man sure does remember him.
Harrison Wade was picked on in school, and there wasn’t much he could do about it. He suffered through it until the day Leo saved his bacon at the bus stop. Leo had no idea he’d changed a guy’s life that day, but it was something Harrison would always remember.
When these two meet up again in Westfall, there is an instant spark of attraction, and they can’t do anything but act on it. With everything that is going on in both of their lives, it isn’t an easy road to love, though, that’s for sure. While Leo’s sorting through all his mother’s possessions, he comes across an item that could very well answer the question of who his father is. Add that to the surprise Leo got when going over his mother’s accounts, and the mystery just seems to get bigger and bigger.
Harrison has his very own demons to contend with. After his mother passed away, his father took to the bottle to take the pain away, and Harrison has taken over the parenting role in their relationship. He is working a job he doesn’t love, and feels like he will never get out of Westfall.
Over the course of the story, Leo and Harrison seem to take two steps back for every step forward, until they both come clean about the issues in their lives. This story was definitely a tale of overcoming your fears, facing your past, and living in the now.
I loved both of these characters and thought they fit together very well. One thing the author does well is give us a HFN ending that hinted at a HEA. The story was just too short to make the HEA believable, and I like that it wasn’t forced. Leo and Harrison are on their way to happiness, and I loved being there with them for the beginning of their journey. These guys are a wonderful couple, and I hope we get to see them continue their journey sometime soon.
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