Title: Yellowbelly Hero
Author: Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Yancy Bell, Curt Donovan
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heroes at Heart: Book One
Yancy Bell was bullied in high school for being a yellowbelly, not because of any cowardice, but because of his nervous bladder condition. It’s Yancy’s first year in college, and he’s hoping to make a fresh start.
Three days before Christmas, the campus is empty. Having to pee on a midwinter night leads Yancy to meet Curt Donovan huddled in a dark shower stall. Curt’s a troubled jock whose coming out went badly, so he plans to end it all.
But Yancy adamantly refuses to let Curt go through with his irrevocable plan. With just one dark night to talk Curt around, Yancy has to win the trust of a stranger who only sees one way out.
Anyone who has followed my reviews knows that I really love Susan Laine’s stories. Her heroes are always unique and sexy and I love the world that she creates for them.
Yancy is definitely a sweet and sexy hero. He is a self-proclaimed geek in the first year of college. Yancy is also very smart and has a heart as big as the ocean. I loved his compassionate, loving side and I was immediately wrapped up into the story he had to tell.
Although Yancy is a cutie pie, he does suffer from having a nervous bladder. This has caused him to be quite bashful and anxious at times. He’s been teased throughout the years because of it and although in many ways he’s come out of the bullying experience a stronger person for it, he still has a lot of anxiety when it comes to how people will react to his condition.
When he unexpectedly meets Curt, he is compelled to help him despite his worry of being around people who truly do not know and understand him. It is because Yancy has been through so much himself, he is able to immediately see that Curt is hurting and needs help. It is because of Yancy’s compassion and persistence that Curt is able to open up to him so quickly and see Yancy as the sweet and cute man he is.
I really liked this couple. This book is in the beginning stages of their meeting and possible relationship. It is easy to see how well they could fit together and hope they are able to do so. Curt still has MANY things to work out and even Yancy has issues of his own too, but I can see already see that this series will be an addictive one to read.
The ending is quite abrupt and I hated that the book was over just when it was getting good, but you can bet I’ll be reading the next installment, Yellow Streak as soon as it is out. Susan Laine fans will definitely love this book and this couple and I know they will be as anxious to read the next book in the series too!
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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