Review: Sam Burns – Straight From the Heart (Wilde Love #1)

51Sx6G94CJL._AC_US327_QL65_Author: Sam Burns
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:

On the same night that Alex finds himself disowned and sleeping on his best friend’s couch, he meets Liam, who saves him from being mugged. It’s a strange time for him to be starting a relationship, but everything about being with Liam feels right. When it becomes apparent that Liam isn’t exactly the prince charming he seems to be, Alex has to deal with some hard truths about not just his new boyfriend, but his own history as well.

Liam is just trying to do his job, but everything keeps getting in the way. First he gets assigned to watch some stranger, then somehow, he finds himself dating the guy. Even if it doesn’t offend the boss, Liam knows the wrong thing to do when he does it. He finds himself wondering, though: is his job really the most important thing in his life, or can he walk away from it all for a brand new relationship?

Straight from the Heart contains sexual scenes, and is intended for an audience age 18 and up.

Review:

Impressive debut from this author! It was a good blend of romance and undercover cop action. Alex is a very naïve and sheltered 23 year old, who recently took control over his own life and destiny. He plans on playing in the band with his best friend Jake and twin sister Jenna, along with their friend Elsi. Celebrating his freedom, he ends up threatened by a mugger and saved by Liam. Alex is struck by an epiphany, that he is attracted to his tall, dark and handsome savior. Liam’s presence isn’t exactly a coincidence but he never expected or intended, to fall for Alex.

Told in alternating POV’s, Liam and Alex are well drawn characters and the editing was excellent, which I appreciated. The suspense was quite cleverly done, even though it was pretty easy to connect the dots, once all of the characters were on page. But there was a decent plot twist that kept it from becoming too cliché. It was enhanced with the addition of Keegan, the owner of the bar where Alex works, and the band plays. The romance is a slow burn, since Alex is a virgin in every sense of the word and Liam has his own reasons for not rushing. When they get to actual sex, twice, it’s short and simple, but to me, not terribly passionate. But action scenes were realistic enough and not over the top, although it suffered from a somewhat cliché bad guy.

It’s not strong suspense but focus is kept on the romance and Alex’s successful independence. I did question some minor details and scenes sometimes lacked a sense of urgency. It was an excellent escapist read, not heavy on violence, humorous at times and satisfyingly happy at the end. I would recommend it for its light suspense and as a sweet, yet still naughty, romance.

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