Tuesday, February 2, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ One Shot by Grant C. Holland

Drew Thompson is a widowed single father. Ashe Huntsman is an HIV+ banker. They stumble upon each other, both clad in speedos, at a beefcake photo shoot and attraction at first sight erupts. Soon, they are both unpacking their personal baggage, revealing themselves piece by piece, like peeling back the layers of an onion. Can a budding romance survive the skeletons in their closets and the meddling of concerned relatives over the custody of Drew’s child?

One Shot is a 53,000-word standalone gay romance with hurt/comfort, second chance, and family themes. It has a guaranteed happy ending.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'll be honest, I read this book based on one thing - I read pretty much anything this author puts out under his other pen name. I always enjoy the reads and I expected no less of this one. I'd previously read and really enjoyed a couple of this author's Catlett's Cove books, but I didn't make the connection until I finished this one and was checking out his author page. What that all boils down to is a long way of saying, I started reading this book without ever looking at the blurb, I was that convinced that I'd at least like the book. And I certainly did. There were a couple of times that I wasn't sure where things would go and having recently been widowed, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to handle that part of the story. However, Drew and Carter's loss isn't recent, and other than a couple of times when it's being discussed, that part didn't get too deep. I liked the way Ashe's status was handled, including Drew's initial reaction, and even Ashe's reaction to Carter, in the beginning, felt authentic. And that's what I enjoyed most about this one. The characters. They feel like people I would know or would like to know, like the cute couple you'd see in your favorite restaurant or strolling through the park. The romance did move a bit fast, but I loved the direction it took, and while there is a little bit of angst, we still get the happy ending we're promised, and I'll admit that I was surprised by how everything gets tied up. Pleasantly surprised, but I so didn't see it playing out that way.

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