Rich Matheson has spent his entire life in Northern Ontario, and he has no intention of leaving even if it means living a lie. But, after he meets the new nurse in town Rich gets a taste of what he's been missing. When Matthew Clark came north to care for his ailing Great-Aunt he figured he could kiss his love life goodbye. Life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting whenRich Matheson has spent his entire life in Northern Ontario, and he has no intention of leaving even if it means living a lie. But, after he meets the new nurse in town Rich gets a taste of what he's been missing. When Matthew Clark came north to care for his ailing Great-Aunt he figured he could kiss his love life goodbye. Life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when he meets Rich, but can he have a long-term relationship with a man buried in the closet? Rich is terrified of breaking his silence, but he'll need to decide if loving Matthew is worth the risk....
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Broken Silence Reviews
Nice contemporary romance with an out-for-you theme. Rich is a closeted bar manager in a small Canadian town. He's very lonely and his last relationship ended in disaster. But now the new male nurse in town, Matthew, has caught his eye and he wants to take another chance.This is a relaxed, fun read. There is surprisingly little angst despite the blurb. I especially loved the easy natural conversations between Rich and Matthew and between them and their friends and family. I liked the teasing humour (which is not quite pc at times - so beware!) and the way they could laugh at themselves too. Great to read a book set in Canada. I'm hoping the third book in the series will be about Andrew!
This was a nice story.Matthew moves to a tiny rural town in Canada to help his elderly aunt! Sweet, isn't it? :)Anyway, he's a nurse and starts a 'thing' with Rich, a very closeted Bar owner.Rich is afraid, his first boyfriend was outed and thrown out by his family and the rumor mill in town went wild, he and his friends and family also make a lot of gay jokes, so he is sure he needs to stay in the closet.Despite the blurb and the beginning of the book there actually isn't much angst at all, and it's all pretty anti-climatic.I would have liked a bit more about Rich's drinking and how no one in this tightknit community knew or suspected anything? Was it really a problem or not? I liked Matt's friends, I would like them to come up for a longer stay, that would be fun! So, this was nothing really new or earth shattering, but an enjoyable story about two normal guys finding their way.
3.25 starsReview Summary: A pastel sort of story, colorful and enjoyable but surprisingly bland.Review: Rich starts out deeply closeted and homophobic, and I can’t say I liked him much. As I got to know him better I began to sympathize with him, and I eventually started to like and root for him. I liked Matthew well enough at the beginning, and I liked him well enough at the end, but I never really had strong feelings about him. He was more a neutral sort of character, which made it a little difficult to believe that he, himself, had inflamed strong feelings in Rich. It more seemed like they had friendship, convenience, and attraction going for them, so they ended up together.Granted, those are pretty much the basic building blocks of most relationships. But usually, in a romance, there’s more a sense of I pick you, you out of the many are the ONE for me. And I could sort of see how maybe that was how Matthew felt about Rich, but I didn’t see it as very mutual. So I enjoyed the story and Rich’s character development, but I can’t say I was really seeing fireworks.I enjoyed the story and think it conveyed the small-townness of the setting pretty well, including that it could have been small town Canada or small town USA. What differentiated it from small town USA was that Toronto was the closest big city, and gay marriage is legal. Matthew visited Toronto a couple of times during the story, but I can’t say I had a strong sense of place. I was also distracted a fair bit by poor proofing (‘lot’s’ instead of ‘lots’, ‘refrain’ for ‘restrain’, etc.) and the occasional logical inconsistency (why would you need to get someone to pay a share of a vacation rental that you’re being given for free?).I think this story works best as a palate-cleanser between angstier, more dramatic stories. Despite the potential in the out-for-you theme, and Rich’s initial self-hatred, there really wasn’t much angst or drama in this one. There were some interesting secondary characters, most notably (in my opinion) Rich’s sister and one of his cousins. However, there were also some characters thrown in gratuitously, like someone’s sister and her girlfriend on a vacation; they were mentioned as going, mentioned in passing while there, and mentioned again on the way home. But they never said or did anything that contributed to the story, so why mention them at all?I wouldn’t be surprised if the next story is about Matthew’s friend Andrew, and if so, it will be interesting to see if I will end up liking him as much as I came to love Cole in Strawberries for Dessert. I think I find Andrew even less appealing than I had Cole, so it’s a fair challenge if he is, in fact, the next main character. My preference would be for Rich’s cop cousin, Kevin, or maybe one of Rich’s friends. As for Matthew’s friends, I either disliked them (Andrew) or found them just sort of background decor. Which is odd, considering how colorful some of them were… I guess that means they were pastel: colorful but bland.Overall, maybe that’s the best description of this story. It was colorful but surprisingly bland, and enjoyable in a pastel sort of way.This review was originally posted at Reviews by Jessewave, where I received the book for free in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about a deeply closeted bar owner in a small northern Ontario town who just can't stop himself from hooking up with the new nurse. Lots of homophobic comments and jokes, and "I'm not gay" talk from the bartender. :(