Circles Book #1
- Run for the Roses
Relationships aren’t in the cards for everyone and Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic figures maybe, in his case it’s for the best. After ending the last in a string of abusive relationships, Val has spent the past year living alone, single and fear free. He’s got a good job at Churchill Downs, a place for him, his three dogs and his horse to live the quiet life. When his best friend, Janelle, is seriously injured in a carjacking, putting her career as a jockey on hold, Val steps up to help her through the crisis. When Janelle’s estranged father shows up at Val’s front door, Val’s life, and his resolve to stay relationship free takes a hard sideways turn.
Wyatt Harig always wanted to be a part of his daughter’s life, their estrangement was forced on them both. When she’s seriously injured, he knows things have to change and he’s the only one who can make that change. He gets to Kentucky to find his daughter unwillingly neck deep in an elaborate gambling scheme that’s led to murder. What he also finds is Janelle’s best friend and roommate, Val, a kindhearted, alluring man twenty years his junior.
Val is a little happier than he’d thought he’d be when Wyatt stays and starts digging deeper for the truth about Janelle’s ‘accident’. As they uncover layer after layer of the events leading up to that fateful day, they build a solid friendship. That friendship combined with a mutual physical attraction have the potential to turn to love. Uncovering the truth and exposing conmen and murderers puts what’s just begun between Val and Wyatt as well as their lives, in jeopardy.
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Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Tropes: Badass Hero, Hurt / Comfort, May/December
Word Count: 42000
Setting: Kentucky, United States
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Molly Lolly on Molly Lolly wrote:
Mollien gives 4 stars and says: Wyatt is an investigator who is determined to get to the bottom of the circumstances of his daughter’s kidnapping. He is also determined to make Val his. Val and Wyatt have an interesting chemistry that works in this story. The pacing is fast and exciting.
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Molly gives 4.5 stars and says:
This book was really good. I enjoyed the mystery aspect. I wasn’t expecting who the bad guys would up being, or how how everything was connected. Elizabeth did a fabulous job laying the pieces, but not too many. I liked watching Wyatt and Val’s relationship build slowly. They were suited for each other very well. Wyatt understood Val and his needs pretty quickly and it made their relationship so much hotter. I cannot wait to read more about these characters.
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