Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Depth of Field (Last Chance #1) by Riley Hart

Depth of FieldTitle ~ Depth of Field (Last Chance #1)

Author ~ Riley Hart

Published ~ 12th July 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom’s property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn’t too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane’s content to leave his past behind him...until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town.
Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again. Here, he was Maxwell, a teen who suffered in silence while everyone thought he had the perfect life. Now, he’s “Van,” the erotic artist and photographer. He’s only here to help his mom tie up some loose ends after his father’s death and to apologize to Shane. After that, he’s heading back to LA for good.
Shane never thought he’d have anything in common with Maxwell, but there’s a depth to Van that surprises him. Van knows what it feels like to be alone. He sees Shane in ways no one else does. There’s a shared connection neither can deny. Somehow, despite their rocky history, they get each other.
It’s not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed—sometimes with Van’s camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable. Except nothing is ever black and white. Shane can’t leave his mom and Van’s life is in LA. With two different lives pulling them in opposite directions, their picture-perfect ending might not be in the cards.


Lisa’s Review

Depth of Field is a contemporary new adult MM romance and also book one in Riley Hart’s newest series entitled Last Chance. I have read books by this author before and was very excited to see how this newest creation would turn out. There was never any doubt that I would end up loving this one. This author certainly has what it takes to pen a seriously awesome MM romance and I can honestly say that this book turned out to be a favourite!

Shane Wallace has not let the fact that his younger and more formative years essentially being hell on earth stop him from making a good life for himself in the small town of Last Chance. But, what happens when the bully who affected him the most comes back to town after being gone for twelve years? Maxwell Sullivan left Last Chance at the first opportunity he got. He moved to Los Angeles with the intention of never looking back. Going by the name of “Van” now, he’s ashamed of the person who he used to be as a teen. He’s particularly ashamed of how he and his friends harassed and tormented Shane. He’s back to deal with his mother and the death of his abusive father. Van is also hoping, by some small miracle, that Shane will accept his apology. Shane does not want anything to do with Van; however, he can’t help but notice that Van is not the same person he remembers. As both men spend time together, they dive into the unexplored terrain of lust and sex. With their painful past association, is this just a disaster in the making? Can Shane give his heart to one of his tormentors that made his younger years so difficult?

The book is well written and made me feel. I became wholeheartedly involved in the beautiful imperfection that was Shane and Van and so wanted them to get the happy forever that I felt they both so richly deserved. When Van returns home for an extended period of time it is like he thrusts him and Shane back into their teen years once again. However, both of them are completely different people now. Further, there is so much unresolved tension between them which simply complicates the fact that they are both attracted to each other. Their past connection was one of hurt, anger and copious amounts of pain. When Shane and Van finally do venture into the unchartered territory of sex and attraction, can they let the past go completely and give their fragile relationship their all?

While Shane’s and Van’s internal struggles and journey are certainly a big part of this story, I do think there was a great balance between this and the romance that was between both men. Seriously, their new-found connection and the depth of this connection was utterly breath-taking. I loved watching how they both discovered one another and got to see the men they had become. There is something so profound in being able to let go of the past and take a chance on something that is scary, intense and can utterly break you if things go wrong. This book certainly exemplifies how difficult the path to love can be at times. After all, we are all fucked up in one way or another and the road to self-acceptance, forgiveness and contentment can be harder for some.

All in all, Depth of Field is a beautifully written book that will certainly touch your heart. I highly recommend this read for all lovers of MM romance. I seriously can’t express how much I loved reading Shane and Van’s love story. I am definitely looking forward to more books in this series!

“Don’t let other people steal your joy. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s not to let other people take what you love. Hold onto that shit.”

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Meet Riley Hart


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. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.

Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for every day.


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