Jeremiah (High Rise #1)
Author: Jayce Ellis
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 6, 2020
Genre(s): Coming Out, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 240
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Blurb: Read book blurb here
This is my first Jayce Ellis book, and honestly it took me a while to get into her writing style, as well as the overall flow of this book. There is a lot going on here, and it feels like only part of it makes its way onto the page. There is backstory and history hinted at, but not always revealed.
Jeremiah is a great character - he's an EMT in the Washington D.C. area with a large loving family. Jeremiah is out ... except with his family and while he is certain he'll one day proudly introduce his family to his boyfriend, he's not entirely sure of his reception - with his brother spouting homophobic slurs and not being able to read how his beloved Moms and Aunt will react.
Collin is less fleshed-out and there is a lot of history alluded to between Collin and his friends Lizzie and especially Ryan, but never fully revealed. We do get Collin and Jeremiah's POV throughout the book in alternating chapters and while I like getting their perspective, Jeremiah felt more real to me personally. The sexual chemistry here is palpable and very intense and the unfolding of their relationship definitely held my interest throughout.
Overall, I like the premise of the story and the development of the relationship between Collin and Jeremiah, and Jeremiah coming out to his family. But since this is the first book in the series, it appears Ellis is introducing characters and setting up their backstories, which makes for a somewhat confusing and distracting read at times.
3.5 stars for "Jeremiah" and I will definitely look forward to reading the next book in the High Rise series.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.