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“If you never try, you'll never know” Former Navy officer Austin's career was ended by a plane crash, sending him back to his hometown. When he catches a guy breaking into the apartment opposite, he’s shocked to find it’s his old buddy's little cousin, all grown up…and stirring feelings that make Austin question his sexuality. Hale's always had a crush on Austin, but he “If you never try, you'll never know” Former Navy officer Austin's career was ended by a plane crash, sending him back to his hometown. When he catches a guy breaking into the apartment opposite, he’s shocked to find it’s his old buddy's little cousin, all grown up…and stirring feelings that make Austin question his sexuality. Hale's always had a crush on Austin, but he came to Hidden Creek looking for three things: love, adventure, and his missing cousin. Austin can't return his feelings...or can he? Being with a straight guy is a recipe for disaster, but Hale can't help himself. Tracking down Hale’s missing cousin may turn out to be the least of their problems. When danger strikes, Austin figures out why he still wants so badly to protect Hale. In Hale, Austin finally sees the light that was missing from his life. Welcome to Hidden Creek, Texas, where the heart knows what it wants, and where true love lives happily ever after. Every Men of Hidden Creek novel can be read on its own, but keep an eye out for familiar faces around town! This book contains gourmet meals, dangerous liaisons, and plenty of steam.


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“If you never try, you'll never know” Former Navy officer Austin's career was ended by a plane crash, sending him back to his hometown. When he catches a guy breaking into the apartment opposite, he’s shocked to find it’s his old buddy's little cousin, all grown up…and stirring feelings that make Austin question his sexuality. Hale's always had a crush on Austin, but he “If you never try, you'll never know” Former Navy officer Austin's career was ended by a plane crash, sending him back to his hometown. When he catches a guy breaking into the apartment opposite, he’s shocked to find it’s his old buddy's little cousin, all grown up…and stirring feelings that make Austin question his sexuality. Hale's always had a crush on Austin, but he came to Hidden Creek looking for three things: love, adventure, and his missing cousin. Austin can't return his feelings...or can he? Being with a straight guy is a recipe for disaster, but Hale can't help himself. Tracking down Hale’s missing cousin may turn out to be the least of their problems. When danger strikes, Austin figures out why he still wants so badly to protect Hale. In Hale, Austin finally sees the light that was missing from his life. Welcome to Hidden Creek, Texas, where the heart knows what it wants, and where true love lives happily ever after. Every Men of Hidden Creek novel can be read on its own, but keep an eye out for familiar faces around town! This book contains gourmet meals, dangerous liaisons, and plenty of steam.

30 review for Stay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)

    This book had me on the edge of my seat in suspense and anticipation, I couldn’t put it down. The story is fast-paced, well written, and has something for everyone from mystery, suspense, steamy scenes, and love. This is an enjoyable story and a great book to get lost in. This is one of the books in The Men of Hidden Creek series. Each book is written by a different author and can be read as a stand-alone with appearances from familiar characters. I received a copy of this book from the author, This book had me on the edge of my seat in suspense and anticipation, I couldn’t put it down. The story is fast-paced, well written, and has something for everyone from mystery, suspense, steamy scenes, and love. This is an enjoyable story and a great book to get lost in. This is one of the books in The Men of Hidden Creek series. Each book is written by a different author and can be read as a stand-alone with appearances from familiar characters. I received a copy of this book from the author, my review has been voluntarily submitted.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tizerkane 13

    **************** Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited. I will always state when I borrowed something from Kindle Unlimited and whether I purchased it afterward or not! Why? Well, if I've borrowed something from KU, it - by default - means I am very unsure of either the author (if that author is new to me) or that specific book (in general)! I ADORE purchasing and owning my books, BUT for books or authors I'm unsure of, KU is a phenomenal way to try before committing! Regardless, it means I'm very much on **************** Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited. I will always state when I borrowed something from Kindle Unlimited and whether I purchased it afterward or not! Why? Well, if I've borrowed something from KU, it - by default - means I am very unsure of either the author (if that author is new to me) or that specific book (in general)! I ADORE purchasing and owning my books, BUT for books or authors I'm unsure of, KU is a phenomenal way to try before committing! Regardless, it means I'm very much on the fence, for whatever reason! I'll highlight the outcome either way ... I'll either be glad it was on KU so I could give it back, or I'll have ADORED it and will decided to purchase right after borrowing :-)!! I think it's a nice way to keep track; it might help someone else who's on the fence!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Fritzinger

    Decent storyline The characters were engaging, storyline a bit rushed though. Relationship development between the two main characters was lacking and there where many grammatical errors throughout.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kendra T

    Hale's cousin Michael is missing. He is determined that something is wrong, and he wants to find Michael. Austin is Michael's former friend who lives across the hall. Hale has had a crush on Austin since high school. Hale convinces Austin that he needs help to find Michael, and by some amazing miracle, Austin agrees to help him. The story takes place over a couple of days where Hale is looking for Michael. Austin and Hale end up getting together and eventually get their HEA. What I loved --Hale. H Hale's cousin Michael is missing. He is determined that something is wrong, and he wants to find Michael. Austin is Michael's former friend who lives across the hall. Hale has had a crush on Austin since high school. Hale convinces Austin that he needs help to find Michael, and by some amazing miracle, Austin agrees to help him. The story takes place over a couple of days where Hale is looking for Michael. Austin and Hale end up getting together and eventually get their HEA. What I loved --Hale. He was so adorable. He was himself, and he didn't care what anyone else thought of him. He cares greatly about his family, even when he gets pushed aside. I loved his heart and energy. I wanted to smush him. --Austin. The poor guy had so much trauma. I loved that he was trying to work through it and acknowledged the need for help. It's hard to see what everyone else sees when you are in the pits of depression, and it was clear he was trying even when he really couldn't. He was a total gem, and I was so glad to see him open up to Hale and find love. He deserved it. --The story itself had an interesting premise. There was a mystery to be solved, and I liked how it didn't go completely the expected route. --I liked that there wasn't a lot of angst. It was a relatively relaxing book despite the mystery angle. I liked how things weren't dragged out. What I didn't love --The story takes place over only a couple of days. Everything moved WAY too fast. I mentioned above that I liked there wasn't a lot of angst and this is true-the mystery was solved quick so there wasn't a lot of angst to go along with it, but then so did the relationship between Austin and Hale. It felt very rushed to me. If it was going to go so fast, I needed a little more depth for me to connect fully with the characters to make it believable. --Austin goes from "nope-not gay-no way in hell" to "let's go for it and lets move in while we are at it". OK, maybe it wasn't quite like that, but it felt fast like that and came pretty damn close. Austin acknowledges that there is something about Hale that makes him feel again, and that is LOVELY, but there was really no character development along with it that I, as a reader, could really connect with. How did he really deal with his feelings of being gay? Hale is worried about how Austin would react in public when he is out; Austin says not to worry. So it is all fine and dropped, but I wanted to see Austin react in public. I wanted to see him deal with it. I wanted more depth. --I didn't find any connections to the other books, with the exception of being in the same town. I wanted to see the other characters! There was a paramedic. Was it Chip? No clue. There was a mystery with cops. It would've been cool to pull Axel or Fox in somehow, even if it was the cop answering the call talking with them when it came in. Maybe in helping Austin deal with being out and with Hale, we could've seen them at the bar where the other guys were hanging out. Anything to pull other characters in. This was the one thing I loved most about the other books, and I missed it here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    Even though I'm not a big fan of GFY, this could have been good story with a little more research, both into sexual identity, and crime story lines. And then, this turned out to not even be GFY, even though the author tried to force it there. The word is "bi", not "straightish", not "gayish", it's "bi". It is not only a defined thing, it's an ok thing to like both men and women, and finding out you like both does not take you from straight to gay, or any "ish" in between. The story even managed Even though I'm not a big fan of GFY, this could have been good story with a little more research, both into sexual identity, and crime story lines. And then, this turned out to not even be GFY, even though the author tried to force it there. The word is "bi", not "straightish", not "gayish", it's "bi". It is not only a defined thing, it's an ok thing to like both men and women, and finding out you like both does not take you from straight to gay, or any "ish" in between. The story even managed to include the "oh no he's going to leave me for a girl", which pretty much rules out gay, and emphasizes being bi, and leads to a pretty much textbook bi erasure and biphobia in one story. Also, it is a rather implausible story line that the mobsters took off to buy lunch after capturing two guys spying on them, leaving them in the care of the guy who is being coerced into "working" for them.....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (not Lily)

    My least favorite of the series so far. The characters are a little flat, the action is a little far fetched, and there was a ton of bi-erasure throughout. However, the sex scenes were pretty steamy, so that brought it back up to three stars. Also, possibly the funniest spelling error ever when one MC was disclosed as wearing "sweats and a t-shit" -- obviously would have benefited from a better editor!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ayla

    I really liked getting that short prologue to really get a feel for the MCs when they were younger. It helped shape both of them in my mind as I was reading. Hale was super endearing and an easy character to like. Austin was definitely a more serious character but he brought more gravity to the story. I felt like the sex was super hot. It was raw and gritty and not what I expected, but it worked for me. This was the first from this author and I liked the writing style. Though, I felt that some o I really liked getting that short prologue to really get a feel for the MCs when they were younger. It helped shape both of them in my mind as I was reading. Hale was super endearing and an easy character to like. Austin was definitely a more serious character but he brought more gravity to the story. I felt like the sex was super hot. It was raw and gritty and not what I expected, but it worked for me. This was the first from this author and I liked the writing style. Though, I felt that some of the dialogue and situations after like 80ish% were not exactly believable. The storyline was interesting but things seemed rushed and far-fetched towards the end. I ended up skimming the last 15% or so. Overall I still enjoyed the book for the most part and thing others would too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John-Torleif Harris

    3.5 stars The first 70% of this book was awesome and engaging. I liked how Austin was pulled into Hale's orbit by his energy and refusal to take no for an answer. I liked that Hale not only didn't show pity for Austin's past, but truly didn't feel it at all; he emphasized with Austin, but never pitied him. The breakdown, for me, was in the last 30%, or so, of the book. I felt that each chapter felt like an unending series of epilogues rather than a natural conclusion to the story. This turned a gr 3.5 stars The first 70% of this book was awesome and engaging. I liked how Austin was pulled into Hale's orbit by his energy and refusal to take no for an answer. I liked that Hale not only didn't show pity for Austin's past, but truly didn't feel it at all; he emphasized with Austin, but never pitied him. The breakdown, for me, was in the last 30%, or so, of the book. I felt that each chapter felt like an unending series of epilogues rather than a natural conclusion to the story. This turned a great book into merely a good one for me and made the last part of the story feel like it would never end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Loralee

    Hale and Austin The TL;DR: Worth a read? Books always are, but I could have skipped this one and not been heartbroken. Worth reading again? Unfortunately not for me. Steamy? Yes. Romance? Debatable. Spoilers to follow? Maybe, but only lighter ones. Read on forewarned. I won’t lie, I find myself closing this story disappointed (a first in my Hidden Creek reading) and I wish I could bring myself to offer a more positive review. The other stories in the series have entertained me so much. Instead I’ll end Hale and Austin The TL;DR: Worth a read? Books always are, but I could have skipped this one and not been heartbroken. Worth reading again? Unfortunately not for me. Steamy? Yes. Romance? Debatable. Spoilers to follow? Maybe, but only lighter ones. Read on forewarned. I won’t lie, I find myself closing this story disappointed (a first in my Hidden Creek reading) and I wish I could bring myself to offer a more positive review. The other stories in the series have entertained me so much. Instead I’ll endeavour to be honest and constructive. Part of both Hale and Austin are likeable. Hale’s sass and directness. Austin’s struggle with depression. They are instantly relatable in these regards. Even the dom/sub vibe between them is on point to a degree. They had great potential in all the components available to this story. The execution offered little fulfilling follow through. The story, first off, deserved another go around in edits; both in grammar and plot. Confusing name flips make it hard to decipher who is talking in some places. Not enough for me to stop reading, but enough notable typos for definite pauses and furrowed brows in my efforts to decipher certain spots. Excessive use of the word “kid” and “twerp” from Austin came off demeaning and nothing close to what I feel was the intended effect. Also, Austin’s denial of being gay. Or anything not entirely straight, is at odds with his easy playfulness the morning after. Though it totally played well with his dominance streak. But for a dominant, military trained, guy he’s really ready to let the untrained guy he’s suddenly “protective” of take huge potentially life threatening risks because he can’t be bothered. Not to mention Hale’s near ridiculous decisions furthering a questionable plot. He came off almost air-headed in his naïveté. Their decisions concerning the search for Michael don't fit them. And the whole ‘I have feelings but I’m not gay’ thing killed my immersion. The “-ish.” Straight-ish. Gay-ish. The execution is off. There is a vast difference between the varying paths of sexuality/identity struggle and what this story portrays. At best it strikes only as half done. Even with depression involved. I cannot reconcile this. Then there’s the Hidden Creek element. The only notable Hidden Creek regular is Doris from Grind. While this is fine it also gives the book a bubble of sorts away from everything else, series included. And for a small Texas town established in the other books I’ve read in the series, I wasn’t feeling the vibe from this story. Nor was I feeling the romantic vibe so prevalent in the other books. This story tried to be much harder and didn’t get there either. All in all it leaves me dubious when entertaining the thought of reading this author further. Though I will continue the Hidden Creek Series. Five books in and none of the others have left me this disappointed. ​I offer 3 stars because I did finish, the Series is worthwhile, and despite the disappointment I didn't feel like stopping the book or throwing it accross the room. These are brownie points in Stay's favor.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Wood

    Hmmm, this one to me was a lot different from the others, I had a hard time getting into it. We first meet Hale when he’s 14 and going to a high school party with his cousin Michael. It’s then when he meets Austin for the first time and thinks he’s gorgeous but undoubtedly straight. He spends the party with the popular girls, being the resident gay guy, he becomes kind of a hit. I liked that, that he didn’t get bullied because of his orientation, especially in such a small town where we saw from Hmmm, this one to me was a lot different from the others, I had a hard time getting into it. We first meet Hale when he’s 14 and going to a high school party with his cousin Michael. It’s then when he meets Austin for the first time and thinks he’s gorgeous but undoubtedly straight. He spends the party with the popular girls, being the resident gay guy, he becomes kind of a hit. I liked that, that he didn’t get bullied because of his orientation, especially in such a small town where we saw from the last book, what that could do for someone’s school experience. So, cut to, years later when everyone is all grown up, Michael goes missing… It’s not uncommon, but Hale and his family are worried, so they send Hale to his apartment to check things out. They both also happen to work for Michael’s family, so they seem like a pretty close-knit family. I like that too. But, anyway…that’s where he comes face to face with Michael’s neighbor….. Austin. Austin hasn’t seen Hale since that party all those years ago and there is no denying the attraction there. Unfortunately, he’s struggling pretty hardcore with PTSD from the Navy, where he joined with Michael. They weren’t friends, per se… but old acquaintances and neighbors now, so he didn’t have a clue where Michael could’ve gone. After threatening Hale, they eventually work together to see what they can come up with for finding him. I wasn’t so sure about them, I didn’t feel a connection to them really. Their sexy time was awkward for me and I found myself skimming a good chunk, which I hated to do, but it just didn't keep my interest like the others in the series has so far. They eventually find Michael and I thought that whole thing was ridiculous, and they just kind of let him off without saying too much about it…. Like, dude… cousin or not, I would’ve beat the crap out of him for one getting himself into that mess but two, getting Hale and Austin involved. I mean, not that he had a say, they did it on their own, but he just kind of acted like it was ….meh. I dunno.. maybe I’m being too picky and I’ll come back and try again another time, but for now, this one just wasn’t for me. 3

  11. 5 out of 5

    May Lacer

    This book had me hooked right from the start. Hale develops and instant crush on Austin the moment they meet as teens. It's a crush doomed to failure, until they run into each other as adults. This book had a 'finally cool as an adult' theme that I really enjoyed. The plot was very amateur sleuth, right up until sh*t got real. It was part mystery, part action, with lots of flirting and, eventually, sex. But some things weren't explained well, especially at the end. I don't exactly have questions This book had me hooked right from the start. Hale develops and instant crush on Austin the moment they meet as teens. It's a crush doomed to failure, until they run into each other as adults. This book had a 'finally cool as an adult' theme that I really enjoyed. The plot was very amateur sleuth, right up until sh*t got real. It was part mystery, part action, with lots of flirting and, eventually, sex. But some things weren't explained well, especially at the end. I don't exactly have questions about what happened, it's more like I expected to learn more and that didn't happen. (view spoiler)[ I have to wonder why Michael wasn't arrested along with the rest of Kevin's group. If Michael was involved in robberies, no matter the reason, he should have at least had to go down to the police station. Instead, he was just left alone like the whole thing was no big deal. Also, there was absolutely no resolution for why this criminal syndicate is in a small Texas town. (hide spoiler)] Hale and Austin's relationship was fun to watch. It was like Hale had so much magnetism that Austin couldn't pull himself away even though his brain kept trying to remind him that he was straight. Austin eventually ends up calling himself 'straight-ish' which is a bit annoying. Why not just call it what it is and say he's bi? I will say that the focus on the action/mystery plot left little time to really get to know the details about Hale and Austin's lives. I know big things about them, but I didn't connect to them the way I've connected to other characters in this series, like Gabriel and Orion. Maybe it's because the story takes place over only a couple of days and it's this crazy whirlwind of activity. Avery Ford is definitely an author I'll have to read more from and I'm glad this book introduced me to them. Originally posted on Love is Love Reviews

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexleo

    I would have loved to love this story, but unfortunately, I was disappointed. Perhaps because I really liked and loved the previous two books of the Men of Hidden Creek collection, I read, but this book just didn't meet my expectations. The story mainly focuses on how the two main characters investigated on the apparent kidnapping of Hale's cousin and the romantic side of their collaboration emerged only after 70% of the book! Before that, there was an exchange of a sudden kiss and a hot night b I would have loved to love this story, but unfortunately, I was disappointed. Perhaps because I really liked and loved the previous two books of the Men of Hidden Creek collection, I read, but this book just didn't meet my expectations. The story mainly focuses on how the two main characters investigated on the apparent kidnapping of Hale's cousin and the romantic side of their collaboration emerged only after 70% of the book! Before that, there was an exchange of a sudden kiss and a hot night between the sheets even though Austin was still convinced to be straighter than an arrow. No flirting, almost no arising feelings, just daydreaming from Hale's side and a few physical reactions to the proximity of the other man from Austin's side. Even the criminal investigation didn't convince me. The best part of the book is really only after the cousin is back home, but this happens around 66% of the book; before that the behaviour of the MCs made little sense to me and given that there was not much introspection and background description, you have to wait until Chapter 20 to start to read about flirting, bonding, and development of a relationship. It is a pity because I liked the writing style (though in some crucial scenes the characters' names were switched, and I had to re-read it a few time in order to understand who was doing/saying what) and I enjoyed the interaction of Hale and Austin in bed that was nothing like sweet and slow (they talk a lot, go straight to the point and have an almost porn-like dynamic).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Evans

    From the very first word to the very last I was hooked. This book would get more than 5stars if I could. Hale is a beautiful character that hooks the reader in. Austin is so beautifully broken you want to know he's okay. Hale is a young man who knows who he is and he's gay. He's bullied and kids in school are told to stay away from him by their parents. through all of this Hale remains a beautiful man both inside and out. he had a crush in school on a definitely straight guy. Hale is very loyal From the very first word to the very last I was hooked. This book would get more than 5stars if I could. Hale is a beautiful character that hooks the reader in. Austin is so beautifully broken you want to know he's okay. Hale is a young man who knows who he is and he's gay. He's bullied and kids in school are told to stay away from him by their parents. through all of this Hale remains a beautiful man both inside and out. he had a crush in school on a definitely straight guy. Hale is very loyal to friends and family and although and his cousin Michael have grown apart he still looks out for him. Austin went into the Navy and never planned to come back to Hidden Creek but here he is. He's a little more broken and he feels he's unfixable. when he sees Hale again the reaction is confusing and the feelings Austin has are unsettling. Austin and Hale end up working together and their feelings are growing and changing. These two men could finally help each other healbut will they get that far? The plot behind this love story is gripping and keeps you reading. The author builds a great picture of Hidden Creek and some of the characters who live there. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. It has everything that a great romance should have and some very hot scenes in the bedroom, kitchen, living room... you get the idea! Really enjoyed this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Lezár

    3,5* PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: A 3,5* is clicked with a 4* but in review marked as 3,5*: 5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like ‘Jesse's Smile’ or ‘Joey’ from Angelique Jurd, ‘Save the the kids’ series from EM Leya, ‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or ‘Liberty’ from Seth King), it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books and Davidson Kings 'Haven Hart'-se 3,5* PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: A 3,5* is clicked with a 4* but in review marked as 3,5*: 5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like ‘Jesse's Smile’ or ‘Joey’ from Angelique Jurd, ‘Save the the kids’ series from EM Leya, ‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or ‘Liberty’ from Seth King), it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books and Davidson Kings 'Haven Hart'-series) it's like an A 3,5* - a really good book, which will be reread a few times (most romances where you can enjoy for relaxing and during waiting times in hospitals). I can recommend them definitively! It's like an B+ 3* - it could be more then a one-time-reader (2-3 times a year), it's like a B 2* - it was ok to read, but it's more a one-time-reader (I wouldn't recommend it heartily, but it was ok) It's like a C-, D 1* - sorry, but that isn't really a book for me (too many mistakes, not nice plot, illogical, so an absolute NO-GO). It's like failure in the whole line, dismissed, repeat the class

  15. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Hale grew up 'the gay kid' after coming out early in a small Texas town. He thought he got over his crush on the high school jock, Austin... until Austin shows up unexpectedly while Hale is trying to find his missing cousin. Except Austin is different - he seems more subdued and has a tremor left over from an accident that ended his Navy career. But he still definitely seems straight. Loves & Likes: ⦁ I liked that the characters maturely discussed issues... for the most part. ⦁ SERIOUSLY HO Hale grew up 'the gay kid' after coming out early in a small Texas town. He thought he got over his crush on the high school jock, Austin... until Austin shows up unexpectedly while Hale is trying to find his missing cousin. Except Austin is different - he seems more subdued and has a tremor left over from an accident that ended his Navy career. But he still definitely seems straight. Loves & Likes: ⦁ I liked that the characters maturely discussed issues... for the most part. ⦁ SERIOUSLY HOT DIRTY TALK OMFG. Peeves: ⦁ Austin was a little upsetting at first with his 'no, I'm straight this feels wrong' griping but he got over it quick enough. Favorite Quote: “I want you to pound me. I’m yours to do with what you please. I want you to be selfish, Austin. Tonight, I want to be your perfect plaything… the cock sleeve you work your frustrations out into. Do you want to give that to me?” “Fuck yes, I do.” “Then don’t be shy.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Esther Alayeto

    What a wonderfully AMAZING story!! Love the storyline and the characters are fabulous. Hale has had a crush on Austin, his cousin's friend, since high school but thought Austin was straight, so did Austin! Now Austin's back in town after a plane crash ended his Navy career and Hale needs his help to find his missing cousin. As they work together, feelings start developing and Austin begins to realize that he may not be that straight after all. Tracking down Hale's cousin, Michael, puts them all What a wonderfully AMAZING story!! Love the storyline and the characters are fabulous. Hale has had a crush on Austin, his cousin's friend, since high school but thought Austin was straight, so did Austin! Now Austin's back in town after a plane crash ended his Navy career and Hale needs his help to find his missing cousin. As they work together, feelings start developing and Austin begins to realize that he may not be that straight after all. Tracking down Hale's cousin, Michael, puts them all in danger and brings out Austin's protectiveness towards Hale. Will they survive the danger and get their HEA? What I really love about this story is not only does Austin help Hale with the mystery, but I love seeing how Hale helps Austin start gaining back his confidence and become more of who he used to be. It's a beautiful story that is a MUST READ in the wonderful Men of Hidden Creek series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jaimed

    Good 3.5 stars. This book does have some editing/proofing mistakes, but it is still a good story. I liked Hale and Austin. They are both believable characters and written well. Hale is used to being ignored by members of the community since he came out. He has had a crush on Austin since he was 14, but he knew he didn't have a chance with a straight guy. After surviving a crash and a divorce, Austin has been dealing with physical and mental issues. He has never been interested in guys, but when he Good 3.5 stars. This book does have some editing/proofing mistakes, but it is still a good story. I liked Hale and Austin. They are both believable characters and written well. Hale is used to being ignored by members of the community since he came out. He has had a crush on Austin since he was 14, but he knew he didn't have a chance with a straight guy. After surviving a crash and a divorce, Austin has been dealing with physical and mental issues. He has never been interested in guys, but when he meets Hale after so many years, he gets a shock when his body responds. He is tired of feeling weak and having everyone treat him like he is fragile. Hale pushes him and treats him like a normal person who needs to get over himself. The guys are great together and compliment each other well. I like them working together to find Hale's cousin and to protect each other. Give this book a try, I'm sure you will like it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pontiki

    Wish I liked this book, there are some really good ones in this series. The plot makes no sense, with Austin, ex-Navy officer, following the lead of untrained Hale, to save Hale’s cousin Michael. But Michael isn’t a hostage who’s tied up, and he just goes home with the others. The sex scenes also don’t fit in with rest of the books, it’s too dominant/submissive, where the other books are more balanced and romantic. Just the wrong genre for this book, I think. The writing itself is superficial, a Wish I liked this book, there are some really good ones in this series. The plot makes no sense, with Austin, ex-Navy officer, following the lead of untrained Hale, to save Hale’s cousin Michael. But Michael isn’t a hostage who’s tied up, and he just goes home with the others. The sex scenes also don’t fit in with rest of the books, it’s too dominant/submissive, where the other books are more balanced and romantic. Just the wrong genre for this book, I think. The writing itself is superficial, and though there is depth to the characters, little of it is touched on, let alone explained further. I would not have finished this book, but it’s part of the series which I’ve been enjoying up to now. KU

  19. 4 out of 5

    Temberley

    Stay; This is part of a new series from six fantastic authors! Men of Hidden Creek is a series of men finding their HEA in the small town of Hidden Creek. I had the honor of reading Stay by Avery Ford first. I can’t wait to get my greedy paws on the rest of the series if they are all this good! From the very first page I feel in love with Hale and with every page I turned I held with that conviction! He is sassy, sweet and bossy as all hell! Austin on the other hand has some serious issues the fi Stay; This is part of a new series from six fantastic authors! Men of Hidden Creek is a series of men finding their HEA in the small town of Hidden Creek. I had the honor of reading Stay by Avery Ford first. I can’t wait to get my greedy paws on the rest of the series if they are all this good! From the very first page I feel in love with Hale and with every page I turned I held with that conviction! He is sassy, sweet and bossy as all hell! Austin on the other hand has some serious issues the first being is that he is straight-ish. What a combination and it makes this story work perfect! Can’t forget we even have a little family mystery thrown in to give it a nice twist.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Meh. They jumped into bed really fast and at a really odd moment. "We just saw that my cousin/your former friend is being held hostage and is possibly being made to do horrible things, LET'S BONE!" And I hate HATE GFY/BFY books where the guy insists he's straight/"gay-ish" the whole book. By the end he should show some growth and accept the "bi" or "pan" label or at least that he is in a gay relationship. It's right up there as a double GFY where they call each other "Bro" the whole time for me. Meh. They jumped into bed really fast and at a really odd moment. "We just saw that my cousin/your former friend is being held hostage and is possibly being made to do horrible things, LET'S BONE!" And I hate HATE GFY/BFY books where the guy insists he's straight/"gay-ish" the whole book. By the end he should show some growth and accept the "bi" or "pan" label or at least that he is in a gay relationship. It's right up there as a double GFY where they call each other "Bro" the whole time for me. Tags: Disabled - Aaron has some sort of neurological damage from a non-military related plane crash. And also can't get an erection until Miracle of Gay Miracles he sees Hale again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    ✨Hale and Austin This book is part of a series that was put out by multiple authors. This is the second of the series I’ve read so far, and other than the location, I didn’t see any crossover. You can definitely read this as a stand-alone without feeling like you’re missing anything. I loved this book! Hale is adorable. Austin is struggling after an accident and Hale is just the medicine he needs. The chemistry between the two is off the charts! This is a fun read with a little bit of mystery, a ✨Hale and Austin This book is part of a series that was put out by multiple authors. This is the second of the series I’ve read so far, and other than the location, I didn’t see any crossover. You can definitely read this as a stand-alone without feeling like you’re missing anything. I loved this book! Hale is adorable. Austin is struggling after an accident and Hale is just the medicine he needs. The chemistry between the two is off the charts! This is a fun read with a little bit of mystery, a lot of love and some serious heat.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    An enjoyable start to the series This was a captivating story for the majority of the book, but unfortunately for me, I lost some of the sense of chemistry between Austin and Hale during the last quarter or do if the story. Once the " angst" was mostly over and the ending was being set-up, somehow I lost the sense of the characters Nd their individual natures. They certainly deserved their Happy ending, but I was just left a bit disappointed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lori A Wilds Jones

    I want to live in Hidden Creek I love how these authors all come together to weave these incredible stories. Each book I read just makes me want to read another. There’s always some characters mentioned that you have read about. Even secondary characters. I love how they delve into emotions and anxiety we all deal with, and I’m a romantic I absolutely love the Hot romance these books are as addicting as chocolate lol.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennivie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this one even though at times it felt contrived. I like the characters. The one thing that kinda bugged me is the "straight-ish" talk. At some point I think it should have been mentioned he could be bi. However he probably has no idea himself whether he's only attracted to Hale or if he'd always been gay, or if he's bi. Not enough time passes for him to process it all. It could have been mentioned though. Bisexuality is real. Overall, though, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Baines

    Not as good I really loved the first 3 books in the Men of Hidden Creek series but Stay, not so much. It was nowhere near as good as the others. For one, there seemed to be quite a few instances of the wrong character name being used and quite a few typos too. I also didn't like the characters in this one that much for some reason. This can definitely be read as a standalone but if I'd read this before the others, I wouldn't have bothered reading any more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Can i move go hidden creek? Wow. This series has been phenomenal and can't wait for more. I will never truly understand the trauma Austin faces but can somewhat relate to the depression. Hale and his bubbly personality is a testament to how being around someone like that can help with that mental block.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This was the 3rd Men of Hidden Creek book I’ve read and I’ve had trouble getting into it and staying engaged. While I enjoyed the couple, I couldn’t relate to Michael and his story at all and some of the things Hale did and said just didn’t ring true for me, I was wondering where he was coming from and why he couldn’t see the potentially bad consequences of some of his decisions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christie Howell

    I loved this book. I loved this book. Though the romance bloomed rather quickly it fit perfectly. The story as a whole was very entertaining and held my attention. I couldn't put it down. The banter and relationship between the two main characters flowed really well and had me laughing several times throughout the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    joani

    A little bit of everything Improperly named.."Stay" doesn't fit this story at all...the book "Score" should have been called "Stay" cause that would have fit better for that story...Neither here nor there, really good book with lots of hot sex, a little mystery, some action, laughing, healing and love.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    I bought this when it first came out but just now got around to reading it, I’m so mad at myself for not digging in earlier. It was intense from page 1. I couldn’t put it down. I loved everything about this book. The storyline was captivating filled with mystery, drama and love. I absolutely recommend! This was the first book I’ve read by this author but it will definitely not be the last.

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