Over and Back by Andrew Grey

Title: Over and Back

Series: Bronco’s Boys 05

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (194 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-64405-208-2

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (9 April 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Opposites attract on an overseas holiday, but trouble has hitched a ride.

While Bronco’s nightclub is closed for renovations, the owners invite the staff on a trip to Italy.

Bartender Hank needs a roommate, and he’s had his eye on waiter Grant for a while, even if he’s had to keep his distance. But sharing such close proximity means sparks are sure to fly….

Grant has a problem saying no, and it’s led him into some less-than-healthy relationships. While he’s determined not to repeat his mistakes, it’s clear Hank is different.

They’re both willing to take it slow and explore the feelings building between them, but even in a foreign country, their pasts are catching up, and that could hurt more than just their budding romance.

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Review: Over and Back is a charming return to the gritty world of Andrew Grey’s Bronco’s Boys series, which is based around the gay nightclub Bronco’s.

This is the fifth book in the series and one that I would highly recommend reading from the beginning to avoid any confusion, particularly when it comes to the characters of the previous books and the goings ons in their lives. It took me a while to remember details and found myself having quick peeks at the previous books so that I satisfied that I had the details right in my head. It’s been quite a while since I read the series (the last book was released in 2015) and I’m afraid although I enjoyed the audio (of book 4 only) more than six months ago, I have dim recollection of the story.

This story is about Bronco’s bartender, Hank, and server, Grant. Both of them have had problems in the love department and have both left some disastrous relationships in recent months. Hank was shattered when his ex-boyfriend left him, he has been fighting his inner demons to overcome a gambling addiction. However, his ex was not entirely sympathetic and a very jealous man, and so mentally Hank is struggling with allowing himself to move on with his life, which has to be the next step in his recovery. On the other hand, Grant’s ex was a Dom who didn’t abuse Grant per se, it was more that he refused to listen to Grant’s needs in and out of the bedroom, his main interest was controlling Grant. Grant struggling with these demons, because he knew that he was not a sub and not into the BDSM lifestyle.

Things come to a head when Bronco’s closes for renovations. A small group of couples (i.e. the four couples of the previous books) are to Italy for a much-needed holiday, which Hank had thought to surprise his ex with a holiday. But when his relationship goes south, his friends decide that Hank should give the spare ticket to someone else, and that person must be Grant. Mostly because the guys like Grant. Not only is he a good worker, he is a generally likable guy who would fit into their group nicely.

This is a mostly fun book, interspersed with a bit of adventure and intrigue. Its light hearted for the most part and was just a lot of fun to read. I just came down from reading two emotionally involved books before this one and Over and Back was the perfect book to help me overcome the leftover emotions. This was a great addition to the world of Bronco’s and now I want to go back and read the previous novels again properly!

Round and Round by Andrew Grey ~ Audiobook

Andrew Grey - Round and Round Cover AudioTitle: Round and Round (Unabridged)

Series: Bronco’s Boys 4

Author: Andrew Grey

Narrator: Michael Pauley

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 7 hours, 1 minute

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (24 March 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: When it comes to love, Kevin Foster can’t seem to win. Some consider him a hero, but dousing an arsonist’s attempt to burn Bronco’s to the ground puts Kevin on the vengeful criminal’s radar. Afterward, the arsonist fixates on Kevin, determined to burn away every part of Kevin’s life.

Coming to Kevin’s rescue more than once, and in more ways than one, is “MacDreamy Hotness” -firefighter Angus MacTavish. Not only is Angus smitten at first sight, he learns Kevin’s nickname for him, intriguing him further.

When Angus discovers Kevin is the arsonist’s target, he takes it upon himself to protect him at any cost. Soon Kevin works his way into a heart Angus thought he’d closed off for good. Things heat up between them, but the arsonist has no intention of letting Kevin finally find happiness. Hopefully Angus and Kevin can stop him before he reduces everything Kevin values to ash – including the love igniting between him and Angus.

Product Link: Audible AU | Audible UK | Audible US

Reviewer: Prime

Review:  I absolutely adore Andrew Grey, and what is better than reading an Andrew Grey novel? Well, that would be listening to it! Round and Round is the fourth book in Grey’s series Bronco’s Boys and although I’ve read the three previous books this is the first one that I’ve heard the audio book for. Although honestly, I think this could also be dealt as a standalone book where the characters from the previous books pop up here and there to be there for their buddy, main character Kevin.

The story opens when there is a fire in the club Bronco’s where Kevin is. Kevin becomes the hero by managing to get rid of most of the flames and thereby saving the club owned by his friend’s partners. It is here that he meets fire fighter Angus MacTavish – aka McDreamy Hotness for the first few chapters. The two get to know each other and get involved with each other as the story goes along, where it quickly becomes clear that Kevin has become the arsonist’s target for his sick and deadly games. The relationship and baggage that these guys have to deal with feel so real and is just so easy to get lost in. But I have to admit that at a couple points in the book things lulled a bit too much for my liking before the pace picked up again.

Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get wholly on board with Michael Pauley’s narration. For the most part it was good and he did hit the emotions spot on. He did Kevin’s voice brilliantly and he was really good with the breathlessness and sobbing when it comes to passion. But, unfortunately, I found his “Scottish” accent a little annoying. Don’t get me wrong, I loooooove me a Scottish accent. I’m a sucker for red hair and a Scots accent. Hell, I once signed up to donate money when I had no income because of a Scottish accent. However, sometimes it just felt too comical and I felt it took away from the seriousness of the plot.

Overall, this was not only a great end to a book series but it was also an enjoyable and relaxing read for the most part. Fans of Andrew Grey will be happy to listen, albeit probably a little disappointed with the conclusion of the series. If you like your fire fighters hot I think you could definitely give this one a chance.

Backward by Andrew Grey

BackwardLGTitle: Backward
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Bronco’s Boys, #3
Length: Novel (197 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 13th, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Sequel to Upside Down

Club owner Harry Klinger has had his eye on Tristan Martin for months, but never had the nerve to approach him. He’s watched as Tristan dated Eddie and then reluctantly sat on the sidelines during the emotional breakup when Tristan discovered Eddie was dealing drugs. Now that Tristan seems to be healing, Harry hopes to get his chance.

When Eddie sends his men into Harry’s club to harass Tristan, Harry steps in to help. Tristan is reluctant at first since he admittedly has terrible taste in men, but Harry seems genuine, and Tristan can’t help but think Harry’s sexy as well and begins to hope for happiness for both of them.

Unfortunately, Eddie isn’t behaving rationally, sampling too much of his own product. With his determination to take Tristan back, it’ll take more than Harry’s help to keep Tristan safe as Eddie ratchets up his attempts to get what he wants.

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Tristan Martin is a force of nature. He is beautiful, energetic, almost like a shining star, wild and unpredictable. Unfortunately, he continually chooses lovers that take what they need without really taking care of Tristan. Most recently, it was drug dealer Eddie who wanted to own Tristan, like a car or a dog, wanted to control him.

Tristan has never had a lover that took his feelings, his wants, and his needs into consideration. So when Harry tries to show him all that and more, Tristan doesn’t know what to make of it at first, because it’s backwards to him.

Harry Klinger has been enamored with young Tristan since the first time he saw him in Broncos all those months ago. But Tristan quickly hooked up with Eddie and then Harry blew through a string of lovers trying to quench his thirst for the one he couldn’t have.

When Eddie tries to force his way back into the picture, threatening Tristan, Harry wants to rescue him. He brings Tristan home with him to protect him and does a terrible job at hiding how he truly feels about Tristan. But Harry takes his time with Tristan, getting to know him and showing him that love is a two-way street of respect, want and need, it is give and take, not just take.

Eddie, however, doesn’t take kindly to being told no and to spite Harry, Bull, and Spooks best efforts at keeping Tristan safe, Eddie takes what he wants. Zach, his friends and the three bears try to weave their way through corrupt cops, jealous one-night stands and a seriously psychotic ex boyfriend in their efforts to find Tristan and save him from Eddie’s dark desires.

I have wanted Tristan to find someone to love him. I mean really love him, since the truth about his relationship with Eddie was uncovered. Tristan is this bundle of energy wrapped up in a sexy little curly-haired package. It was so disheartening for me to see the toll Eddie’s perversions took on his glowing personality.

It was as if Eddie was drawn to the ray of light and made it his mission in life to break the bulb. So when Harry finally gets his hands on the little twink and shows him patience, understanding, passion, and sensuality, it was a thing of beauty. And then to learn that Harry himself was once mistreated by someone he loved, that he craves the love Tristan can give him in return, well that just knocked their love story up a notch.

I simply cannot get enough of Andrew Grey’s imagination. Whether its comedy, suspense, romance, or drama, Grey can write it. Bronco’s is all about the big, scary bears that meet their match in the men they fall in love with. But there is one more twink, the fourth musketeer, that needs to find his happy ever after away from the flashing lights and seduction of sexy men. I wonder if one determined cop might be his match? I guess we’ll find out in the next book!

While I always recommend reading series in order, you could probably read this book without having read the first two and not be totally lost. But why would you want to?! I suggest starting at the beginning so you can catch the Bull by his horns.