Author: Kris T. Bethke
Book: Hearts and Hazelnuts
Series: States of Love: Oregon
Page/Word Count: 103 pages, 35K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
3.5✨s – I’ve said it before, I sure do love the States of Love books. Even when I don’t LOVE, LOVE them. Fortunately I truly did enjoy this story. A sweet, slow burning attraction that takes some time to finally erupt into real love-sign me up! This book was what I needed to break my painful unwanted and unplanned break from reading. Work is a greedy mistress I tell you!
Back to my review. Jordan and Beckett are just too cute for words. The friendship and trust that develops between them is wonderful. Even with the minor speed bumps their story made my heart happy. I need to visit Oregon. I mean, hazelnuts are delicious. It sounds beautiful. It has SEASONS! Yes, I do enjoy 80 degrees in the middle of November, thanks Texas 😉 Portland seems charming. Well done creating a expressive background for their story.
Things I wish were better- minimal characterization depth in anyone but the two MCs. Even what we get for the two of them was lacking. Forget about any strong secondary characters….and I do love a good secondary soul. Which brings me to my other meh, I just want more. More story, more background, more time in their world. All of this felt just out of reach.
Yet I will always make time for this series-good or bad. Love that Hearts and Hazelnuts was exactly what I missed, a not too angsty, just right sweetness and heat love story.
About Kris T. Bethke:
Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a very fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated. And she loves to hear from readers, so feel free to drop her a line.
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