New Release Review ~ Small City Heart: A Gay Romance Novella by Erin McLellan

Small City Heart: A Gay Romance Novella

M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 15, 2020


Kindle Unlimited

Price: $0.99 (USD)

27,000 words

Content Warnings: explicit sex and language; homophobia; discussion of the abuse of power in a  boss/employee relationship.

NOTE: This title used to be available to my newsletter subscribers, but it has since been re-edited, and has added scenes and an extended epilogue.



Patrick Pearl’s career is in shambles, and his love life is in even worse shape. The last place he wants to be is his tiny hometown’s biggest shindig and high school reunion, but he’s decided to stomach it for a chance to see his mom.

After years away, Patrick doesn’t anticipate the longing that hits him the moment he sees his hometown’s hills, the same pull that has him itching for his camera. But Patrick’s biggest shock of all is Charlie North—Small City’s golden boy and resident firefighting hunk.

Charlie has had a crush on Patrick Pearl since they were fifteen, but he avoided him like the plague in high school, intimidated by Patrick’s courage to be different. Now that they’re all grown up, Charlie isn’t going to let Patrick slip through his fingers again.

If Patrick has to withstand the torture of the Small City Alumni Weekend, then he might as well bang the hottest, most popular guy from his graduating class. It’s not like there are hearts involved. What could possibly go wrong?

This is a steamy small-town male/male romance with a happily ever after. It’s a standalone at 27,000 words. Newly revised with added scenes and an extended epilogue.


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4 Stars
A good old fashioned short story, well written with well-rounded characters. Just what you want to while a couple of hours and feel warm and happy at the end.

The author does a good job of giving us the dual points of view. Patrick, who returns to his home town, one where being gay was never easy as a young man growing up and still is not the easiest. Yet life in the city is not going as he would hope, perhaps this small town has more to offer than he thought. One of those things is Charlie, Mr Popular at school, who liked everyone except Patrick it seemed. Yet we all know things aren’t always what they seem.

I really enjoy it when you can feel the connection between the characters but the author doesn’t just chuck them together as if it’s a done deal. These two might be able to move past the past but life is more complicated than that. Charlie recognises the challenges Patrick faces in being out in a small town, he is empathetic and supportive, not pushy. He’s a likable character that it’s easy to connect to and I can see why Patrick falls for him. The guys work well together both in and out of the bedroom.

So all in all a lovely novella, well worth the read.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


3.5 Stars

I loved Charlie and although it took a bit longer for me to warm up to Patrick’s hot and cold routine, I eventually came to love him, too. They had amazing chemistry and they were smoking hot together.

I loved the premise of the story, but I felt it moved too fast and it needed more content. It takes place over just a couple of days, so I felt I missed some of the “getting to know each other” portion of their relationship. Although they knew “of” each other in high school, they didn’t actually “know” each other.

This was an enjoyable, sweet, and sexy read, with a swoon-worthy epilogue, and although I really enjoyed it, I was just left wanting more. Still, a recommendable read!

** Copy provided for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. **