Book Reviews

When The Walls Come Down (Hot Dam Homes 2) by Harper Robson

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Mature Lovers / Romance
Reviewed by Barb on 27-October-2022

Book Blurb

"Quirky." Ugh, I hate that word. The PC term these days is 'neuro-divergent', but I prefer to be called autistic. It's often a huge advantage to have a brain that works differently, but I sometimes wish it was easier to connect with other people. The things that make me different can make people want to keep their distance, and for a long time I've built walls around myself so no one wants to even try breaking through. Helping the sexy ER doctor renovate his house, I discover someone who wants to get closer instead of running away. I think Reed likes me because I'm a little different, not in spite of it. But the gorgeous doctor has a lot of baggage, and I worry that if he sees the parts of me I work so hard to keep under control, he's going to turn tail and run.

I've overcome a lot to get to where I am as a doctor, including parents who loved their bigoted, homophobic church more than their child and an opioid addiction following years of self-loathing. I love my team in the ER, but in my personal life I prefer to fly solo. I'm comfortable behind the carefully built walls that no one, not even my best friend, gets through.

The old fixer-upper in a great neighborhood was supposed to be a side project, but I discovered pretty quickly that home renovations are not as easy as they look on TV. But when one of the sexiest men I've ever seen, who happens to be a contractor, shows up in my ER, he feels like the solution to all my problems. What I never expected was that while he was re-building my house, Dylan Campbell would be the first person who makes me want to take my walls down.

Book Review

This story has fantastic main characters, very different from the norm. Dylan, in his words, is autistic. He is forty-three and has not only been working in the construction business, building his reputation and client base, he has also been constructing invisible walls around himself to avoid relationships. Reed, also early forties, is an ER doc who beat a drug addiction about twenty years before and maintains his sobriety despite the often stressful work he does.


The two meet when Dylan’s sister needs his help to get to the ER before her baby is born at home. I enjoyed the dynamics of Dylan’s family, his relationship with his parents (his mother is terrific!), and with his siblings. Their arrival at the hospital ER just as Reed was going off duty was a fast-paced scene full of energy and fun dynamics. The author hooked me immediately with this beginning and kept me captivated throughout the story.


Reed is not interested in a relationship. He has been alone most of his life, having survived the trauma of being kicked out of his family at seventeen, so initially he is reluctant to commit to going out with Dylan. But the two click beautifully, and before either man knows it, they have agreed to work together on bringing Reed’s Craftsman-style home up-to-date and appealing enough to use for both a model for Dylan’s business and a profitable sale for Reed.


But over time, Reed comes to realize Dylan is much more to him than a business partner or temporary relationship, and Dylan realizes he’s found someone who accepts him as he is—complete with all his “quirks” and sometimes inexplicable behaviors.


I really appreciated the way the author presented Dylan’s character. He wasn’t a round peg put into a square hole. He and Reed were both very realistically portrayed and very enjoyable to meet. I became invested in their future and hope to see them in a sequel someday. And I sure wouldn’t mind visiting with Dylan’s outrageous family at least one more time. Their Thanksgiving celebration gave me enough laughs to last a month. I definitely recommend this story.  




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 294 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-October-2022
Price $3.99 ebook, $8.99 paperback
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