Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Finding Elliot

Title: Finding Elliot
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-344-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When David Lear was seventeen, he and his young lover, Elliot, were caught kissing and soon afterward, Elliot’s parents moved him away. David’s never gotten over the loss and after a particularly bad ending to a one-night stand, decides he needs closure so he can move on with his life. He hires a private investigator to find the man he can’t forget.

Elliot Watkins has never forgotten his first and only love, David, but lives under the thumb of his tyrannical father. He’s tried to leave home in the past, but each time has been forcibly brought back by his father’s hired men. With the threat of losing his trust fund hanging over his head and a fiancé he doesn’t want dogging his heels, Elliot is ready to lose his mind.

When David finds him, it’s easy to fall back into each other’s arms, but not so easy to free Elliot from the fear and influence of his father. Can these two men find a way to happiness? Can David find the patience needed to wait until Elliot is ready?

Finding Elliot is the first release in the new series, Men of Riverside, by author Serena Yates. It’s a nicely written story and sucks the reader into the plot from the very beginning. Who doesn’t what to know what happens when the wrong name in called out during sex? In some respects, David is an emotional mess. Yes, he has friends and a job he enjoys but he can’t get over ‘the one that got away.’ The build-up of his personality and inner turmoil is nicely done and Ms. Yates crafted him into a pretty level-headed and likable guy, most of the time. At others, I wanted to throttle him for being short-sighted and dense in treating Elliot badly and not understanding what he’d lived through during the years of their separation. This juxtaposition of his personality is nicely done.

Elliot didn’t fare as well as David. Yes, he had money and his parents didn’t throw him out, but the overwhelming emotional pressure…the browbeating is well described by the author, giving the reader a good feel for what he’d gone through. His life really is heartbreaking, making you want his relationship with David to work out.

Overall the story is an enjoyable read. It’s filled with likable characters in David and Elliot, has an interesting supporting cast, good flow and a plot that keeps you reading. Watch for the next release in the series with Rediscovering Adrian.

1 comment:

Serena Yates said...

Thank you for reviewing my book, Dragon Minx.