Friday, March 2, 2018

Worth Searching For by Wendy Qualls

Most gay men wouldn’t expect to see their dreams come true in a small town in the Deep South. But the road to true love can lead to the unlikeliest places

Disowned by his conservative Peruvian parents, Lito Apaza headed for gay-friendly Atlanta. Resilient, charismatic, and successful, he’s built a life on his terms—with a new family of friends and the unconditional love of his dog, Spot. Then his job forces him to relocate to tiny Black Lake, Alabama. Here, being fabulous isn’t exactly the town motto. However, Lito can’t help who he is any more than he can curb his feelings for a certain sexy ex-soldier.

A former dog handler in Afghanistan, Dave Schmidt now runs a volunteer K9 search-and-rescue team. Until he met Lito, his nights were free. As their hook-ups grow hotter, Dave and Lito have to admit this could be something nearer to romance. It’s not what Lito expected. And Dave isn’t used to the scrutiny of being visibly gay. Yet everything they’ve been secretly searching for could be right here in Black Lake. If Dave and Lito want a future together, one of them will have to make the first move…

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

This is the second in the series but is a standalone with a similar theme.

I enjoyed this story, but did feel that it was somehow overly long. The pace was very slow, and at times the inner voice arguing with themselves about whether this was something serious or not went on for too long. For a relatively angst free plot, this indecision was at times frustrating and not news. The men were good together, and some reticence was to be expected, given both the location and their differences. I enjoyed the dog rescue elements, although again I didn't think that the repeated explanations about Lumpy and Woozy were necessary.

A story with an original backstory and plot, just maybe a little slow for my taste.

3.5 stars

This is the story of a sweet romance between two interesting and likeable men. Lito and Dave meet in a pet store and get to know each other when Lito and his dog, Spot, join Dave’s search and rescue squad.

I enjoyed this more than the previous book in the series, but it is still a little bit too slow and a bit too cute for me. The search and rescue plot is interesting and I really liked learning about Lito’s job. Outside of his rescue work, Dave’s life is pretty bland, and he feels too old to still be so uncomfortable with his sexuality. Lito is a braver, more colourful character but his reactions are a little bit over the top and the miscommunication between Lito and Dave was overdone. There are a couple of steamy scenes in this story but overall it isn’t a terribly sexy romance.

This is a sweet rural romance. It is a simple and fairly predictable story. I didn’t feel much of an emotional connection to either Lito or Dave and I didn’t get very invested in their relationship.

This was a sweet romance and low on angst. To be honest, it was super slow and even the few steamy scenes couldn't pick this book up. There was a lot of inner monologue which drives me nuts, I like dialogue. Lito and Dave are good together, it was just too slow, I found myself putting it down and coming back to it, hoping I would get more into it.

Also Available in the Heart of the South Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Worth Waiting For post.

Wendy Qualls was a small-town librarian until she finished reading everything her library had to offer. At that point she put her expensive and totally unrelated college degree to use by writing smutty romance novels and wasting time on the internet. She lives in Northern Alabama with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and a seasonally fluctuating swarm of unwanted ladybugs. She’s a member of both the Romance Writers of America and way too many online writers’ forums.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Worth Searching For (Heart of the South #2) by Wendy Qualls to read and review.

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