Friday, July 1, 2016

On the Brink by Kate Willoughby


On the Brink by Kate Willoughby

Review by Lauren

source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryDue to popular demand, Kate Willoughby brings you Hart Griffin and Jeremy Fenton's origin story. Find out how these two met and fell in love... 

Holtzer University junior Hart Griffin won't let anything interfere with his future as a professional hockey player. No way, no how. He's the star forward of his college team and a first round NHL draft pick.

One hot night with a male super fan calls into question everything Hart thought he knew about his sexuality and launches him on a soul-searching journey in which nothing is as it seems and his entire world is turned upside down.


Review: To be honest, I haven't read any of the other books written by Kate Willoughby but I came across this one on Netgalley and was curious to see how these two guys came together. Of course, I hadn't read anything about Hart and Jeremy before, but I like "origin" stories so I thought it would be a nice story, and it was! This is essentially a novella and it's something you can read on its own. I never felt confused or like I was missing something about any of the other characters.

As for the actual story, Jeremy is out and proud of that fact, with a secret crush on college hockey player, Hart. He knows he doesn't really stand a chance, but that all changes one night after a game when Hart offers Jeremy a ride home after seeing that his jeep has been graffiti-ed. Hart has had an idea for awhile that he might like guys, but he's never tried anything until that night. So whoo boy- it's definitely a sexual and intense moment. After it ends though, the two have to figure out how they are going to continue their relationship - if they have one.

It's friendship at first, because Hart can't admit his true feelings, but you know that things are obviously going to progress and they do. Hart and Jeremy really get to know each other and see that they have a lot in common, besides the initial physical connection. Since you know the two get together, you are ultimately just reading to follow that journey, but it's a good one!

16 comments:

Melliane said...

It sounds like a nice one, I didn't know about this series

Erika Sorocco said...

This sounds scandalous! Not sure if it's my cup of tea though.

xx

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I am not familiar with this series (or the author) but it sounds good!

Kindlemom said...

Glad you were able to jump right in and enjoy this Lauren. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Voracious Bookling said...

This book sounds so hot!! ♡♡ Friendship to relationship ♡
Haniya
booknauthors.blogspot.com

Voracious Bookling said...

This book sounds so hot!! ♡♡ Friendship to relationship ♡
Haniya
booknauthors.blogspot.com

Karen Alderman said...

*adds to list*

Karen @For What It's Worth

Lexxie Lin said...

I have a very soft spot for sports-people coming to terms with their homosexuality, and the scary possibility of coming out.
Definitely adding this to my TBR, Lauren :) Thanks for sharing!
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Medeia Sharif said...

I find that with most romances I enjoy the journey, because most of them have happy endings that I can already guess at.

Alise said...

This book and author are new to me but I'm definitely interested in this book and how everything will come together.

kimbacaffeinate said...

I like friends to lovers and it sounds like your Netgalley chance paid off. Lovely review Lauren :)

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

Glad it worked for you w/o reading previous books. That is one yummy cover!

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Oh sounds like this was a great novella. Always good when you can jump n not feel lost if there are books in the series. Great cover too :) Lovely review!!

Diva Booknerd said...

I'm a massive fan of friends to lovers contemporaries too, I like seeing a real connection between characters ans that point where it morphs into something more. I'm not sure how attached I'd be to the characters though with it only being a novella, sounds like a series I'd probably need to read from the beginning. Awesome review Lauren and glad you enjoyed this one <3 <3

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

OMG, this sounds wonderful!!! I love the idea of Jeremy and Hart as friends first :) One of my fave tropes, for sure!!! Awesome review, girl!!!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

I do like when there's a nice friendship :) That cover would have caught my eye :) Glad you enjoyed!