Renford Kline is straight… right? He got over his experimentation in college and moved on. Then how does he explain his blush-inducing fantasies about Brian Daystar? Fantasies he’s having when he should be focused on his career move from attorney to professor. When Brian comes to New York, Renford knows he’s in trouble. Everything about Brian attracts him—from his tight body to his beautiful, dark hair—but Renford is straight… right?
Brian Daystar needs a break. He’s been working nonstop to turn his Montana ranch into a safe haven for at-risk youth—so much so that he can’t even bring himself to care when he finds out his partner, country star Corey, is cheating on him. Their relationship has been over for a long time, but it might take his feelings for Renford to make Brian accept it.
Wounded Pride, a contemporary M/M romance by Remmy Duchene and BL Morticia is the second in their Wounded series. It’s an opposites attract story about New York City lawyer-turned professor Renford Kline, who despite reminding himself and those around him repeatedly that is definitely straight, has an inexplicable to rancher Brian Daystar. Renford discovers that he must get out of his own way to find happiness. The question is, can he?
Duchene and Morticia did a wonderful job bringing Brian to life. The fondness has for his home and the ranch he built for at-risk LGBT kids is both poignant and believable. He came across as a cowboy with a soft heart. I even found his initial relationship with Corey forgivable, when I would normally be questioning the character’s strength after how much he put up with. Renford, on the other hand, seemed terribly lacking in self-awareness for someone as old and successful as he was. It felt like Renford put Brain through far more turmoil than he deserved. That being said, Wounded Pride is a fine opposites attract novel. Duchene and Morticia have a compelling writing style and I’d be interested to see more of their works.