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Book Review: Yellow Streak, by Susan Laine

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Book Info

Book Series
Heroes at Heart, #2
About the Author
I'm an award-winning author of LGBTQ erotic romance, often described as M/M (gay) and F/F (lesbian) romance. I write for Dreamspinner PressSiren BookStrand, and Evernight Publishing. I'm a Finn but I write in English. I adore gorgeous men getting it on with other gorgeous men. I also like action flicks, pop music, chocolate, saunas, and the seasons in Finland. Join my newsletter HERE.
Publication Date
November 11, 2015
Content Warning
Deals with the after effects of a suicide attempt and depression
Yancy Bell, a book geek with a bladder problem, saved the life of suicidal gay jock Curt Donovan. But when Curt returns to college after the Christmas holidays pretending he doesn’t know Yancy, warning bells go off.

Has a frightened Curt decided the safety of the closet is preferable to coming out? A remorseful Curt comes knocking on Yancy’s door in the dead of the night. Yancy wants to help Curt find the courage to proudly be himself and pursue his dreams, but first Curt needs to come to terms with his past acts. Yancy can only hope their reunion ends in light, not darkness.

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Disappointing Sequel
Cover – Simple, nice
POV – 1st person, past tense, 1 character POV
Would I read it again – No.
Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, College


For me, this was another one that was too short. Though it very skilfully dealt with the aftermath of a suicide attempt, in an understanding and sympathetic manner, half the story was about the progression of Yancy and Curt's relationship and it just didn't feel that authentic to the original story.

Recounting the events of the first story in 1st person didn't work for me. It felt foreign and didn't read well. It could just be because I'm not a fan of 1st person as it is, and having the character talking to a reader is offputting for me, in any case. Either way, it didn't work for me.

I loved how Yancy and Curt remained open with each other, talking through everything and really learning more about each other. Their relationship progressed fast, however, and didn't feel quite right. They jumped into this, while barely knowing each other, and didn't really make a conscious attempt to learn more. I certainly connected to these two in book 1, but this time around, if I was to read about their relationship, I wanted bonding, dating and the deep, meaningful connection of book 1. What I got was a lot of 'hot' moments and arguing.

There was sudden jump in timeline at 40% that took me by surprise, as well. It wasn't explained until two pages into the chapter, which made it quite confusing to tell when or where they were.

This is also a pet peeve of mine, but I'm throwing it in there – EW! to the max for the use of “heated teat” in the sex scene. Ew! Ew! Ew!

Unfortunately, the blurb is slightly misleading. It suggests that Curt ignoring Yancy is a huge deal, which it's not. It's a minor blip, right at the start of the story and it takes barely until 24% before things are ironed out. The rest is about the continuation of their relationship, which wasn't at all what I expected.

Sadly, I have to say I'm disappointed. Though the first half was authentic to the previous book, in tone and in characterisation, the second half was like a totally different story. Or, like these characters years down the line. It all happened too suddenly, with not enough exploration of the time in between for my liking. I also have to admit that I don't see how there would be another book. There isn't space for one, with Yancy and Curt getting their HEA in this book.


Again, there was an issue with length. The story ended even earlier than book 1, at 63%. I really, honestly, feel cheated out of more storyline and plot, because I'm missing 37% of the book. I don't mind the excerpt from book 3, but it's 16 pages (2 chapters) and I don't need that much. I also don't need a further 47 pages of adverts.


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