Review: “Here Without You” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Here Without You
SERIES: Cooper’s Ridge Series
GENRE: Erotica; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 348 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2018
PRICE: $4.10 e-book / $10.99 paperback


Archer Hawkins and Mallory Halston literally run into each other and a true love story is born. Archer pursues Mallory with absolute determination making him fall hook, line, and sinker.
“I really would like to get to know you, Mallory.” His voice husky in my ear. “I don’t think it’s a good idea, I’m sorry.” I’m already kicking myself for turning him down. “That’s okay, I’ll ask again tomorrow, and the day after, I’ll get you to say yes in the end.”
But just when they’re about to get everything they ever hoped tragedy strikes leaving Mal alone and adrift. Putting his past behind him Mal stumbles upon Cooper’s Ridge. Changing his name to Carter, he takes a chance, becoming a bartender at The Last Drop Inn, and embarking on a new life.
Local attorney, Dan Mortimer, has finally found and captured the heart of Cooper’s Ridge’s newest resident, Carter.
“I was coming in to see you, and maybe get you to agree to dinner with me. C’mon Carter it’s only dinner, I’m a nice guy I promise.”
But when Dan’s college friend comes to town to recuperate after a horrible car accident, it seems the most important men in his life may have something to answer for. And just how far will an evil, conniving, homophobic mother with a vendetta go to bring them all down?
Here Without You is a gay ménage story with plenty of hot sex and strong language and is therefore suitable for readers aged 18 and over.

JJ Harper has done it again. She has ripped my heart out and put it back together piece by piece. She really enjoys getting me to ugly cry for the wonderful characters that I just fall in love with and then creating a love story that almost gets me to forgive her. Almost lol. In this series, she makes a ménage seem so enticing and normal. Which, these days, they are becoming more common. I love how she takes tough topics and makes them beautiful. It’s still so disheartening to know that humans can treat another human so terrible, especially your own children. The homophobic mother in the book is the worst and what made it worse, was that this still happens in today’s day and age.

Archer and Mallory have a wonderful love story and couldn’t be happier with each other. Archer had to do some convincing that they would be the perfect couple. He would show up every day to the coffee shop that Mallory worked at and didn’t give up until Mallory knew that they belonged together and were to be married. The day Mallory gets the marriage license, he was told about the horrible accident that took Archer from him. What Archer’s mother does to Mallory makes him pack a few things and move away to Cooper’s Ridge going by his middle name Carter.

Carter gets a job at the local bar as we all know as The Last Drop Inn. Kes takes Carter in giving him a job and the apartment upstairs. Carter is broken and struggles to move on but with the help of Dan, the local attorney always flirting with him, he starts to feel again and finally decides to go out with Dan. They become inseparable, and Carter is happy to feel this way again. They can’t believe that they are in love and deny saying it for some time, but they finally confess to each other their love for each other.

Dan’s best friend from college is coming to town, so Carter stays at his own place so the two friends can spend some time with each other and catch up. His best friend was in a horrible accident that nearly killed him and put a lot of metal in his body to hold him together. But nothing can hold his heart together since his fiancé left him while he was in the hospital. Imagine, to everyone’s surprise, when the three of them meet one night out for some dancing.

This book has had me laughing and crying. It has had me feel sadness and anger. But as always, JJ Harper has me wanting more and loving how she brings her characters through the tribulations of life and powering through everything bad and turning it good.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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