Readers will find themselves consumed by this m/m forbidden romance between a young man and an older man who became an unforgettable one-night stand in this dark and steamy tale. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Over Time by Ella Kade, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this third installment in the Willow Bay series to your bookshelf too!
I’ve been keeping secrets from my roommates, but my one-night stand just outed me. Now they knew I was bi, and that I just hooked up with one of the professors at our school.They wanted to know why I wasn’t the happy-go-lucky guy I was before going home for the summer, but I’m not ready for them to learn why.
Everything changed for the worst this summer.
It was a secret that kept me up at night. A secret that devastated me to the point I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be the same again.
How could I concentrate on school when my whole world was upside down? I had more important things to worry about. Namely, my one-night very drunken stand who kept showing up in my life.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
From the very first page this story set the pages on fire! In a tale of forbidden romance, a painful past, and a young man full of complexities that sometimes make him hard to like, readers will find themselves captivated from start to finish.
Ford is a young man who's clearly hurting when this story begins, lashing out at his friends and roommates for what's befallen him since readers last saw him. Seeking to ease his pain for even a short bit of time he finds himself drawn to his one-night stand, Xander, in a relationship that doesn't end with one night as the man ends up being one of Ford's teachers. The connection between these two is combustible from the start, and despite it being forbidden, Ford sets out to keep their connection going through blackmail. Ford's a compelling character, someone whose hurt radiated off him and it made his anger and questionable behavior a bit easier to understand. But at the same time his manipulations of Xander made me cringe. He's a larger than life young man, controlling and abrasive early on, but as he spent more time with Xander the wall around his heart started to crack and real feelings emerged. Seeing him heal, with each turn of the page, warmed my heart and balanced out this steamy story beautifully. Xander's a likable character and a great match to Ford despite their steamy and questionable start. Xander gives Ford the room to be angry while giving him acceptance. Though he knows their relationship is forbidden he can't help being drawn to Ford in an angsty dark romance between two very different people.
Fans of m/m romances will get quickly caught up in this forbidden romance and its dichotomy of emotions, its unique power dynamic, and the angsty and intense feelings Ford experienced. It's a fast-paced read, erotically-charged, and readers will feel parched upon reaching the end. Though this is the third installment in the Willow Bay series it's not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. Reading the first two installments though will make this a more richly rewarding story that will leave readers wanting to read more from Ella Jade!
My rating for this is a B+
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
One woman, two names. Harlow writes swoon-worthy, Sexy, alpha romances while Ella writes forbidden and dark romance writer who enjoys writing captivating characters with sinful intent.