Monday, April 29, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Hero by Declan Rhodes

The Mathesons Book 3 
by Declan Rhodes 

Benji didn't prepare himself for spending the semester seeing an off-limits gorgeous straight guy every morning.

For shy graduate school student Benji Matheson, moving in with Jax Carmichael, a swim camp buddy of his twin, Jamie, sounded like a great idea to boost his social life. It worked for that, but the magnetic and unexpectedly gorgeous Jax soon became a distraction, too.

A brilliant academic career meant a move to Boston for Benji to attend graduate school. Unfortunately, that meant abandoning his large, supportive family. Faced with the pressures of higher education and isolation, he suffered from a tendency to become a recluse.

Jax desperately needs a new hero in his life. Family problems, his father's conviction and his mother's depression, threaten to derail his academic career. He's never fallen for a man before, but there is something about Benji and the sensual magnetism between them.

After stray sparks light a fire and slowly kindle it into a burning flame, Benji and Jax find a growing love that neither anticipated. Unfortunately, life circumstances threaten to break their fragile shared dream of a future in each other's arms.

Hero is a 56,000-word gay romance with first time gay themes, a whole big bunch of family, and steamy scenes. It is the third book in the series The Mathesons and can be read as a standalone story but is best as a follow-up to First and Cowboy.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This series just keeps getting better, and that's really saying something since I've loved each couple in turn. That said, there's just something about Benji and Jax. They're great together even as friends and as that turns to more, they're hot enough to peel the paint off the walls. Even though this is a first time gay romance, at least for Jax, it doesn't really feel like one. We don't have that big freak out that I was expecting, and what drama there was didn't stem from that angle. Jax is such a lovable guy and I love that he isn't jaded despite his circumstances. Then we have Benji. I hadn't really formed an opinion of this Matheson brother from the first two books, but it didn't take long to love him here. The story is a great mix of sweet and sexy with a lot of laughs and just a touch of angst for this great couple. I'm excited to see what's in store for the next sibling in this crazy family, but one thing is sure - Rhodes has set the bar high with this one. 

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