GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 25,605 words
Ashley “Buck” Buchanan moved back home to take care of his sick mother when he was 22. That was the first time he met Pippin, the neglected 6-year-old boy next door. Fifteen years later, Buck, a caretaker by nature, offers up his couch for Pippin, who needs a break from his mom and a quiet place to sleep.Pippin Olander is a ray of sunshine despite his emotionally lacking upbringing and works hard to make a better life for himself. Even though he’s fiercely self-sufficient, he learns to accept help from Buck, his rock and the only steady presence in his life.Their friendship deepens and grows into something more as they spend time together. But when other people try to throw a wrench in the works, when Pippin’s independence is triggered, can Buck and Pippin trust in the love they’ve found?EXCERPT:
Oh my heart. What a sweet emotional story. I love this author’s way of writing, so much story on every page, always into the deep with feelings, and the romance, oh boy, is of the best kind. Ashley is Pippin’s protector in a way. From the first day Pippin moved in next door, Ashley was smitten by the skinny, by his mother neglected, sixteen year old boy. Now five years later he still is. When Pippin lands on Ashley’s couch they are getting closer and closer. They tell each other their dreams. The share breakfast, they share everything. Ashley’s loneliness is over and he can finally take care of someone again. Ashley’s feelings for Pippin are strong and the looks he gets back gives him hope. The way they dance around each other, the way they eyed each other, the way they opened up to each other, touched my heart deeply. Without words they tell each other everything. Ashley and Pippin are the most adorable couple. It was such delicate and strong connection they had. I loved Pippin’s
A very sweet short story.
Nell Iris has been at the top of my list for MM short stories for quite a while now. While His Steady Heart didn’t hit me quite as powerfully as some of her others, I still liked it a lot. It’s a really sweet story with a slow burn that leads to fade-to-black intimacy between the two main characters.
Buck is a big bear of a man so most people assume he wants to take control in the bedroom. What he really wants is someone to love and care for; not someone to control. Pippin is 16 years younger than Buck but he grew up much faster than any kid should have to.
Buck can’t stand to see Pippin sitting out in the cold while his mother “entertains” her gentlemen friends so he invites him to come in and use his couch. As the months go by their friendship looks like it’s heading towards more but then life outside forces try to change everything.
Buck is such a gentle soul and a natural care-giver. Pippin is fiercely independent and doesn’t want charity. Thes