Hot Dam Homes, Book 2
“Quirky.” Ugh, I hate that word. The PC term these days is ‘neuro-divergent’, but I prefer to be called autistic. It’s often a huge advantage to have a brain that works differently, but I sometimes wish it was easier to connect with other people. The things that make me different can make people want to keep their distance, and for a long time I’ve built walls around myself so no one wants to even try breaking through. Helping the sexy ER doctor renovate his house, I discover someone who wants to get closer instead of running away. I think Reed likes me because I’m a little different, not in spite of it. But the gorgeous doctor has a lot of baggage, and I worry that if he sees the parts of me I work so hard to keep under control, he’s going to turn tail and run.
I’ve overcome a lot to get to where I am as a doctor, including parents who loved their bigoted, homophobic church more than their child and an opioid addiction following years of self-loathing. I love my team in the ER, but in my personal life I prefer to fly solo. I’m comfortable behind the carefully built walls that no one, not even my best friend, gets through.
The old fixer-upper in a great neighborhood was supposed to be a side project, but I discovered pretty quickly that home renovations are not as easy as they look on TV. But when one of the sexiest men I’ve ever seen, who happens to be a contractor, shows up in my ER, he feels like the solution to all my problems. What I never expected was that while he was rebuilding my house, Dylan Campbell would be the first person who makes me want to take my walls down.
When The Walls Come Down is a steamy hurt/comfort MM Romance. It features an autistic home renovation expert, and a doctor scarred by a traumatic childhood. Two people who’ve always been outsiders figuring out how to let each other in.
I really enjoyed When the Walls Come Down, it is my first read by Harper Robson and I’ll be returning to read book 1 of Hot Dam Houses very soon.
I appreciated the author giving us a neurodiverse main character, I work with people with autism and while many of the clients I work with are not high functioning, I do have a couple who are. It is nice to see that they could pick up a book and recognise bits of themselves in the main character.
I really enjoyed getting to know both Dylan and Reed, they were great characters, both with their own baggage they carried and both believing they would never find someone who would accept them for who they were.
I liked that Dylan owned his autism and for the most part communicated well with Reed about what he needed. And I liked how supportive Reed was of Dylan, I’m not sure there are many people out there who would be as easily accepting and supportive in the real world, but it is nice to hope there are.
There were some amusing moments and some moments that pulled at my emotions a bit, the story flowed well and I loved seeing them as a couple.
Thanks to GRR for providing me with a digital copy in return for an honest review.
This is an emergency though. I’m no good with social cues, but Grace sounded so jittery that even I can tell she’s freaking out.
I make it to Grace and her husband’s cute little house in record time, leaving the truck running while I rush inside. I find her in the living room, her coat half-on, wearing one boot with the other one clutched in her hand as she white-knuckles the back of her couch with the other, panting her way through what I assume is a contraction. I have no idea how I’m supposed to react, and touch isn’t something I’m super comfortable with, but I go to her, reaching out to gently rub her back.
Before she can say a word, she squeezes her eyes closed and whimpers.
“Dyl, we gotta get to the hospital. I don’t wanna have this baby in the damn car!“ She’s clearly panicking, and never in my life have I seen my sister so undone.
“It’s okay,” I say, even though I have no idea if it’s okay or not. “We’ll make it. Can you walk to the truck?”
She nods weakly, pointing to an overnight bag. “Can you grab my bag? I’m gonna need you to help me walk.”
I grab her stuff and help her out to the truck. She’s hit by another contraction, and the whimpering sounds she’s making are worse than if she was screaming at the top of her lungs.
“It’s okay, we’ll be okay,” I say, talking as much to myself as to her.
Screeching to a halt in front of the ER a few minutes later, I jump out of the truck and go tearing through the glass doors. Grace seems to be getting quieter, which is not helping my nerves.
“I need some help. There’s someone having a baby outside,” I shout as the automatic doors whoosh shut behind me.
A few nurses glance over, but no one seems to be jumping into action like I would expect.
“Please, can someone help me? There’s a baby literally being born in my truck!”
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About the Author
Harper Robson grew up dreaming of being a writer, but that didn’t work out until she was in her mid-forties. Along the way she worked in marketing, software development, and spent more than a decade as a stay-home mom.
She grew up in Vancouver, BC, but feels most at home in the leafy green suburbs of Seattle, Washington.
She is mom to two pre-teen boys and two adorable but very naughty Yellow Labs. Her husband works in the tech industry, and he makes her laugh every day.
A true PNW girl, Harper loves the rain, but is always planning her next beach vacation.
Her favourite things include classic rock, watching the Seattle Kraken, her two dogs, and drinking champagne for no reason at all.
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