Review by Gillian: Honey and Heat, Rian Durant

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Honey and Heat Rian Durant

Honey and Heat, by Rian Durant
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Release Date: September 4, 2017

Rating: DNF at 17%


Linden has only one thing on his mind a few days away from Christmas—his pending university exams. That is, until he meets his neighbors’ son who has returned for the holidays. Brice Stevens is gorgeous, but he’s insufferable.

It’s Linden’s first love, and he falls hard for Brice, despite Brice’s occasionally aloof and cool behavior. It’s an emotional ride for both of them while Linden takes a crash course in real love and Brice learns to trust in a relationship.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Enemies To Lovers
Seasonal (Christmas)

What can I say about a book I almost ditched at the 7% point?

(The less said the better, probably but since this is a review blog, I’m gonna have to come up with some words eventually.)

Okay, first of all, it took some Google sleuthing to figure out where this book was even set. I mean, you don’t have to tell me on the first page, but something – anything – to establish a sense of place would have been helpful.

As it was, I *think* it was set in Bulgaria but it could have been in Germany. I’m still not totally sure. There was mention of ‘Varna’ and the ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’, but there was also a jitney and a switcher (an article of clothing apparently, and not an indication of preferred sexual positions), so who knows.

In any case, it was clear that English wasn’t the author’s first language and while that normally isn’t an issue, there were times when an odd turn of phrase or a poorly constructed sentence led to me re-reading things to try and figure out what the characters were actually saying. Case in point –

“If you haven’t heard me, you probably have water in your ears and in such case I can iron a towel for you if you want. It helps.”


Also –

“Look you here what the night wind brought.”

Sadly, these weren’t the only examples and since they took place before I ended up quitting at 17%, I can only imagine the entire book was like this. And guys, I just couldn’t.

Then there was the alphahole, Brice, who naturally elicited all sorts of complicated feelings in our gentle protaganist, Linden, right from the get go. Within two chapters Brice accused Linden of taking advantage of his aging parents, grabbed his wrists and wouldn’t let go, treated him like and overly sensitive idiot, kissed him, then accused him again of being some sort of mooching thief. Then Linden locked himself in the bathroom and sobbed over it. Over a guy he just met. Over a guy he was falling for after one night, several accusations and one kiss.

It was then that I called it quits.

Between the language issues, the rather poor writing and the alphahole, I was done. As a wise person told me, my time is not infinite and there are better ways to spend it then on a book I’m really not enjoying.

So, on to the next one.


Rian is one of those who are both blessed and cursed by the insatiable desire to write stories. Short stories, sometimes longer stories and
yeah, primarily M/M (you can insert more Ms if you like) romance stories.

Always having a plot in mind sometimes proves being hard when having a day time job but Rian manages them both for the time being, assisted by the priceless support of her soul mate, large amounts of coffee and pure obstinacy.

What makes Rian smile is a sunny day, a beautiful flower, a piece of chocolate, a nice song, a good book and anything that could be the reason for that spark in the eyes, accompanied by the exclamation:

“Oh my, I just saw something!”


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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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