#Review #NewRelease •Weight Of The World by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack




"The world’s an awfully big thing to carry by yourself." 

Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too. He talks Zack down, convincing him there's still hope left in the world. Zack thinks maybe he's right, which is why he's shocked when he turns on the news the next morning to find out Rob jumped himself. Disturbed and confused, he searches for answers, starting with Rob’s brother Tommy Rayburn. 

It’s been Tommy’s job to take care of his brother since they were kids, taking the blows from their father so Rob wouldn’t have to. Tommy thought he could protect him, even if it meant carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Considering Rob threw himself off a building, he obviously couldn't. 

Then he meets Zack, a friend of Rob’s who’s suspiciously evasive about how they knew each other. But they’re both grieving and determined to find out why Rob jumped. Answers don’t come easily, and soon they’re soothing each other with sweat-slicked, passionate encounters. Hot as things get in the bedroom, it doesn’t take them long to realize there’s more between them than mind-blowing sex and their pain. But the heaviness is still there, threatening to pull them under, and if they can’t open up with each other to lighten the load, the weight just might be enough to crush them both.

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Weight of the World is a tearjerker so be prepared to have lots of tissues but it’s so worth the read. This amazing book, coauthored by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack, takes the reader as well as the main characters, Zach and Tommy, on a soul searching journey looking for answers that probably will never be found as to why, Tommy’s brother, Rob, decided to jump from a high-rise building.

Tommy and Zach meet as a way for Zach to find some answers as to why Rob jumped after saving Zach from the same fate.  But, they both need a connection to something other than their grief and loneliness. Their chemistry is hot and intense from the get go, and both are more than willing to give the other what they need in the form of rough and aggressive or sweet and passionate sex. Something, anything, to fill the void they both are feeling.

Zach is basically homeless and Tommy invites him to stay with him as they search for answers. He doesn’t understand his behavior himself other than he always tries to help and fix everyone. It’s really all he knows because it’s what he’s done his whole life.

As they start to let their guard down a little, they also start letting their personality shine through more. They get a kick out of calling each other out on their hang ups and quirks they each have and it causes a chain reaction from each of them…smiling. Something that should come easily, but life is hard, and both have forgotten how to have fun. I don't know how many times I caught myself smiling with them as I read along enjoying the banter between them and you could literally feel the emotional toll they were under starting to fall away.

Tommy has had the burden of caring for his brother since he was three years old, and Tommy ten years old,  and even though, over time, it became something that he enjoyed and didn’t mind, I don’t think he realized how much the burden transferred back to Robbie just knowing that his brother’s happiness was passed over in favor of his own.

That burden became too heavy for Rob, in my opinion, knowing that his brother was never happy or at least in his eyes always sacrificing for the well being of his own life. The story doesn’t delve too deeply into the life of Rob so we really don’t know what he faced or went through other than just bits and pieces as the story unfolds.

I thoroughly enjoyed this collaboration which felt like there was an edge to it that otherwise may not have been there. The characters have a raw sexual hunger and passion like no others I’ve ever read before. It’s brutal, aggressive, rough, and explosive and it’s definitely knuckle gripping worthy and will have you completely in the zone because it’s amazing and incredible and they fit perfectly together. If anyone is around you, while reading,  wanting your attention you won’t hear them while you read these scenes.

This was a great story that touches on a lot of real life issues of pain and anguish some people face every day. There are no easy answers and each person deals with depression differently as the authors show here. I love the humor the authors manage to bring out in each character and hope and love and a promise of a future. I love the second chances outlook and the rewarding and captivating ending. Highly recommended. Loved It. Beautiful story. 5 Stars.





Riley Hart

Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She's a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she's not writing, you'll probably find her reading. 

Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday. Find Riley on her website at www.rileyhartwrites.blogspot.com or Twitter at RileyHart5

Devon McCormack

Devon McCormack spends most of his time hiding in his lair, adventuring in paranormal worlds with his island of misfit characters. A good ole Southern boy, McCormack grew up in the Georgian suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a king from another planet. He claimed to have supernatural powers. He has since harnessed this penchant for tall tales by crafting whole worlds where he can live out whatever fantasy he chooses.

A gay man himself, McCormack focuses on gay male characters, adding to the immense body of literature that chooses to represent and advocate gay men's presence in media. His body of work ranges from erotica to young adult, so readers should check the synopses of his books before purchasing so that they know what they're getting into. Find Devon at www.devonmccormack.com or on Twitter at devon_mccormack

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