Book Reviews

Over and Back (Bronco's Boys 5) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 11-April-2019

Book 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.

 

Book Review

I was very surprised when I realized that Andrew Grey had written a fifth book in the ‘Bronco’s Boys’ series. I had assumed (bad reader!) that there would only be four books in the series, one for each of the Fab Four – Zach, Jeremy, Tristan, and Kevin. The idea of the gang overseas vacationing while the bar/club is being restored, plus seeing Hank and Grant potentially begin a relationship sounded like a ton of fun, and I couldn’t wait to jump in.

Hank and Grant are more alike than either can imagine in the beginning. Grant had a long-term D/s relationship (although it was less about submission and more about being dominated) that left him in a very bad place mentally and emotionally. He’s still trying to come to grips with what happened and learn to be happy. Grant doesn’t want that lifestyle – it was something he gravitated toward when he was young and thought he needed someone to tell him what to do to help him clarify what he wanted from life.

Hank recently broke up with his boyfriend of five years. Hank is a gambling addict and his boyfriend paid off his gambling debts, told him he forgave him, and then after Hank did everything to get help, continued to throw it into Hank’s face every time he felt Hank had done something wrong. In fact, even though they’re broken up, Hank doesn’t dare tread outside the lines for fear that his ex will find out and come after him for the money he paid out. Hank doesn’t have that money and he never will, certainly not working as a bartender.

Hank and Grant are both products of poor choices in their past. Unfortunately, neither man seems able to let go and learn to live again. They both carry a lot of baggage and some extreme vulnerabilities. Being in Italy for two weeks with their friends should have allowed them to let down their guards, and it did to a certain degree, except someone from Bull’s past has followed them and is particularly interested in Grant.

As excited as I was to read another book in the series, I was equally disappointed in this story. It felt very thrown together and that’s probably not the case, but simply how I interpreted it. Hank and Grant are adorably sweet together, seeing all of the other characters was a delight, and re-experiencing Italy through the author’s eyes was wonderful, however I could have done without the “super-secret spy drama” that, in my opinion only, felt very forced. I think the story could have been even better without all of that drama since both main characters brought enough of their own issues onto the pages. All in all, however, I did enjoy this book even if it mostly was due to seeing Zach and his friends again.

Thank you, Andrew, for revisiting this world and the strong men who inhabit it.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 194 pages/70164 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-April-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/over-and-back-by-andrew-grey-10351-b