Title: Step by Step
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance
Page/Word Count: 256 / 85,899
Rating: 2.75 Stars
Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.
Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This is a – sort of – pay it forward story mixed with self identification of a young man and a dream came true tale.
Like the title indicated, Step by Step told the phases Guy and Jamie went from strangers to roomies to friends and forward. A steadily pace story in alternate POVs, little angst and predictable outcome. The blurb pretty much outlined the storyline; two strangers happened to be at the library and one reached a hand to help. Too good to be true, for sure; though somehow the author’s way of weaving the tale made the whole thing plausible. It also helped that I found Guy, Jamie and most of the supporting characters quite likeable too… except – of course – for a couple of troublemakers.
What piqued me a bit was the rather too black and white portrayal among the characters; almost like they’re in the story to be designated bad guys that would boost the goodness on the MCs. For example Miranda, Guy’s supposedly high school best friend that got pregnant and gave him the twins. I just didn’t see anything good in her, or any sign they were ever really been best friends. And let’s not forget Patrick, Carla’s evil twin. Personally, I feel it’d give much credence to the story if there’s balance on characters’ good and bad; not too goody goody on one side and too rotten on the other side.
That saying, overall this is a light reading with the bonus of age-gap for me. Rather too fairy-tale ending perhaps, but still enjoyable. 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given in exchange for an honest review.