New Release Review ~ Bright Land by T.R. Hamby

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Blurb:

Nick Olsen is the lead singer in a band, a brilliant student at Julliard. One more semester and he’ll be free to focus on the band full-time. Until then he gets to live with his new roommates. One of them is Drake Madison, and as soon as Nick meets him he falls hard.

Drake Madison is just trying to get away from his controlling stepfather. A few more years and he’ll be free. He can’t afford any distractions, and he certainly can’t date. But then Nick arrives, and he’s torn. He has to keep up appearances. But Nick draws him in with each meeting, and Drake can’t get enough.

Their love feels meant to be. But can it survive what’s to come?

~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

3.5 Stars

Bright Land was very different than I expected going in—the tone quieter, the romance gentler, and the band mostly in the background. That said, this new adult romance is a good read with a decent amount of angst throughout.

I found Nick and Drake likable overall, but I can’t say I was especially drawn to or invested in either man or the two as a couple. I’m not quite certain if that’s because this was a quieter romance altogether, it not matching what I expected going in, or simply a random “it’s not you, it’s me”. Regardless, their backstories certainly caught my attention and I became increasingly invested in seeing how those elements would unravel and resolve as the book progressed.

Although there was plenty of conflict and strife surrounding the men in regards to their familial relationships, the men’s relationship was fairly even-keeled and simple. In fact, I found the relationship to move almost too fast considering Nick and Drake are college students and likely was a contributing factor as to why I wasn’t wholly invested in these two as a couple. Even so, Nick and Drake’s relationship fit, and their emotional connection was readily apparent throughout the book, so I think many readers will like this couple.

Although I wasn’t quite sure this would be the book for me at first, Bright Land pulled me in the more I read. A solid story about two new adults finding that special person while confronting some difficult aspects of their lives, I think Bright Land is best suited for those who like college-aged characters and a moderate amount of external conflict/angst.

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