Monday, February 27, 2012

Helping Harry

Title: Helping Harry
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Total-E-bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-857-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Multicultural Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Tim Jacobi’s determined to learn why his best friend from high school cut off their relationship after graduation. When they meet at their ten-year class reunion, he gets an answer and it’s not what he expected. He’s a successful businessman but he’s lonely, and when the sparks fly between him and Harry, Tim has to admit he’s just as attracted to his old friend as ever. The question is whether it’s enough to build a lasting relationship on. 

Returning to Riverside gives Harry Lear the chance to connect with family and friends he hasn’t seen in years. Seeing his former best bud Tim reawakens all the old feelings he’s kept hidden. There’s a chance of rejection but he opens up, telling him about his divorce and getting custody of his kids.  

Passion flares and they start a bi-coastal relationship, but when Harry’s ex-wife demands visitations rights, Tim knows being with Harry will be an uphill battle. Will he have to leave to keep the kids safe from their mother or will he get the life he’s always wanted? 

Helping Harry is the latest release in Serena Yates’ Men of Riverside series. It’s possible to read as a standalone but due to the returning characters, I recommend they be read in order.

I like Harry. He’s a nice guy…a caring father and I love that once he and Tim get together, Ms. Yates didn’t shove the kids into the background. They become an integral part of the family unit he and Tim are building and Tim acknowledges that the kids and their needs come first. The building of their relationship with Tim is nicely done, showing how much they want and need a second adult in their lives. The same goes for the scenes with their unstable mother. These show how hurt they are from what happened and Tim and Harry are determined to protect them.  

Tim and Harry are unique individuals and why they stayed apart is a sad twist. Their long distance courtship is stressful but amusing and sexy. Adding in the angry, alcoholic ex-wife gives a nice bit of drama and conflict. I loved the inclusion of the Skype sex calls and the fun they have together inside the bedroom and out. These two are just plain hot. 

So, overall, I’d say this addition to the Men of Riverside series is probably my favorite. It’s a nicely plotted love story with a steady pace, has a good integration of secondary characters, conflict, love, passion, it’s heartwarming and is filled with hope for a happy tomorrow. Enjoy!

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