5 Star Review for Yellowbelly Hero (Heroes at Heart #1) by Susan Laine #MM #College

CoverTitle: Yellowbelly Hero (Heroes at Heart #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Susan Laine (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 5, 2015 – 83 pgs

Yancy Bell was bullied in high school for being a yellowbelly, not because of any cowardice, but because of his nervous bladder condition. It’s Yancy’s first year in college, and he’s hoping to make a fresh start.

Three days before Christmas, the campus is empty. Having to pee on a midwinter night leads Yancy to meet Curt Donovan huddled in a dark shower stall. Curt’s a troubled jock whose coming out went badly, so he plans to end it all.

But Yancy adamantly refuses to let Curt go through with his irrevocable plan. With just one dark night to talk Curt around, Yancy has to win the trust of a stranger who only sees one way out.

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FiveStarsThis is a short story that is too close to being a reality for so many in this situation. Susan Laine held nothing back in this story when it came to the emotions of feeling so utterly alone, useless, and pretty much numb inside. This is a story about Curt feeling all these emotions and so much more that he felt as if he nothing left to live for.

Yancy is s very brave individual because he could have looked the other way or turned and walked away without giving it a second thought. He could have thought to himself that this is not his problem so who cares but he didn’t. Yancheng felt as if something was wrong and knew he could not leave it as it was. He did not have a clue what he was walking into but he choose to be a decent human being and offered his help. That is what makes him a hero because he did not let the fact that Curt could have possibly tried to harm him stand in the way of offering friendship and an ear and shoulder to cry on. He was there when no one else was.

I stated in the beginning of this post that this book could be a reality and I feel that is a true statement on my part because there are so many people out there in the world that feel as if they have nothing to live for and I think that it is very commendable of Susan Laine to put this situation into a story for others to read because so many people are scared or turn a blind eye on topics of sensitive nature such as this story. And this story was done with such compassion. It is truly an amazing read.



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I’m an award-winning author of LGBTQ erotic romance, often described as M/M (gay) and F/F (lesbian) romance. I write for Dreamspinner Press, Siren BookStrand, andEvernight Publishing. I’m a Finn but I write in English. I adore gorgeous men getting it on with other gorgeous men. I also like action flicks, pop music, chocolate, saunas, and the seasons in Finland. Join my newsletter HERE.

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