A Crossroads Novel
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Release Date: February 10, 2016
Rod Nelson is used to being someone’s good time, and that’s fine with him. Spending his days at his adult toy store, Rods-N-Ends, he never knows who he’ll meet. The second Landon Harrison walks in, he has Rod’s full attention. It seems as if Landon wants him too, so why won’t the man jump in the sack with him already?
Landon never thought he’d return home to the town where memories lurk around every corner. He has to admit, Rod makes the adjustment a lot easier. He keeps Landon laughing. Despite the fierce attraction between them, he’s not willing to risk his newfound friendship to get laid.
Neither man wants something serious, but the more they’re together, the harder it is to keep their hands to themselves, until eventually they stop trying.
But flings between friends are never simple, and as they attempt to shift gears, diving into their first relationship, they’re slammed with setbacks. If they want to truly move forward, before they hit the open road together, they’re going to have to let go of a past that could make them crash and burn.
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Crossroads by Riley Hart is one of my favorite m/m books. Period. I loved it. So, the chance to review Shifting Gears? That was an emphatic yes for me. No question. Riley Hart has an extensive collection of books, under both pen names (she writes under Nyrae Dawn as well), and I haven’t read even half of them, but everything I have read has been so well written, that I have come back to a few of them more than once for a re-read.
Shifting Gears will be no exception. These two men really tried hard to stay friends, okay, well Landon did, Rod, well he just wanted to f**k. 🙂 But they found that they connected as friends, and Landon wasn’t about to lose that. Rod, not used to anyone wanting to actually know him beyond the normal f**k, really was challenged with how to handle that. His father wanted nothing to do with him after he found out he was gay, so why would any other man?
Intimacy issues were all over the place for these two men. Trying to find what would work for them. Could they make this work? I loved that Landon was so determined to have a friend that he worked hard to bring that to life. Teaching Rod to ride a motorcycle. Helping him find one to buy. This was a true friends to lovers scenario, although not in the “traditional” sense.
Of course, with Riley Hart, there is lots of fun, sexy times. I mean with Rod owning a sex shop, it was bound to happen. With quite a bit of cameos from Nick and Bryce, it was great to see how Rod was able to keep that connection with those two after their story moved to HEA.
And this book reminded me a little of a movie…stay for the entire credits at the end, because there is a doozy of a bonus for you, if you do! 🙂
Landon pulled softly on his arm again, and Rod got the hint. He kneeled between Landon’s legs, with his knees on the floor. “You’re determined,” Landon told him.
Yes, yes he was. At least when it came to this. “Is that a bad thing?”
Landon smiled. “Hell no. You’ve had my dick hard since the first time I saw you. Easy Ride comes in the mail too, ya know?”
“Aww, so you came to see me?”
“Shut up so I can kiss you.” The look in Landon’s eyes turned dark, hungry, urgent, and he pulled Rod closer, covering Rod’s mouth with his own. His tongue went straight for Rod’s lips, demanding entrance, and Rod gave it easily. He tasted like a mixture of coffee and mint, like maybe he’d had a drink right after brushing his teeth.
Rod slid his hands up Landon’s thighs until he got to the bulge at the apex of them and rubbed his hand over it, feeling the large bump beneath his jeans.
Landon growled into his mouth, making it vibrate through him.
He leaned back, grabbed the bottom of Rod’s shirt and pulled it over his head. “I’m so damned hungry for you. This won’t be slow. It’ll be fast and hard.”
“Were you under the impression that I wanted it slow?”
Grinning, Landon reached around and swatted Rod’s ass. “Let’s go to the room.”
“Why move when we can do it right here?” He didn’t want to give Landon the chance to change his mind. Rod reached under the couch and grabbed a bottle of lube, before pulling a condom from his wallet and tossing both to the couch.
“You keep lube under your couch?”
“I live alone. I can jack off wherever I want. Are we going to talk or do this?” But really, he liked talking to Landon, and if what Landon said was true, he liked talking to Rod as well.
“Fuck now, words later.”
Hell yes. Definitely what he wanted to hear. Rod stood up to take off his jeans. As he worked the button, Landon traced a path across his stomach with his tongue. He nipped at the skin next to Rod’s belly button, just enough to sting before he sucked the skin into his mouth again.
“Oh fuck.” Rod’s bones melted; his knees went weak.
“Get out of those pants before I rip them off of you. Want your ass.”
Rod looked down at him and nodded, letting Landon know he was good to go. Finally, his goddamned fingers started to work and he got his pants unbuttoned and unzipped. Blood rushed through his ears. His cock ached as he pulled down his jeans.
Landon leaned in. “Jesus, you’re leaking like crazy. Look at that fucking wet spot. I want your taste on my tongue again.” And then he nuzzled his face between Rod’s legs, his mouth against the growing spot of pre-come in Rod’s underwear.
“Damn, I’m going to fucking kill you if you make me come too soon.” Even as he spoke, Rod had his hand in Landon’s hair, pushing his face closer to his aching cock.
Landon smacked his ass again, before pulling back. “Get them off.”
There was a slight tingle in Rod’s cheek from the smacks. “You’re naughty, aren’t you?” The thought just made his balls even more heavy and tight.
“For some reason, I doubt I have anything on your level of naughtiness.”
Rod shrugged. “It gives you something to strive for. You can practice on me if you want.”
“I’ll consider it, now get your ass out of your underwear and on my dick.”
Rod’s cock pulsed behind the tightening fabric. “Don’t have to tell me twice.”
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine, while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.