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“I can’t do this without you” Chase Williamson was never meant to be a dad. Like it or not, though, he’s now the sole guardian of five-year-old Lyla and terrified of messing it up. He needs help, but who wants to rescue a high school dropout? Certainly not the gorgeous newcomer in town, even if he is an ex-Marine. Hunter Duke is looking forward to a small-town life to dr “I can’t do this without you” Chase Williamson was never meant to be a dad. Like it or not, though, he’s now the sole guardian of five-year-old Lyla and terrified of messing it up. He needs help, but who wants to rescue a high school dropout? Certainly not the gorgeous newcomer in town, even if he is an ex-Marine. Hunter Duke is looking forward to a small-town life to drive away his demons. Maybe meet a nice girl? Adopting a puppy begins to fill the hole in his heart, but it’s an unlikely friendship with Chase and his daughter that really starts to make Hidden Creek feel like home. When social services threaten to take Lyla away, Hunter knows he’ll do anything to prove that this town is wrong about Chase. Could it be that this is the family he was searching for all along? 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 a three-legged puppy with attitude, a long-awaited comeuppance, and enough kisses to mend any broken heart.


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“I can’t do this without you” Chase Williamson was never meant to be a dad. Like it or not, though, he’s now the sole guardian of five-year-old Lyla and terrified of messing it up. He needs help, but who wants to rescue a high school dropout? Certainly not the gorgeous newcomer in town, even if he is an ex-Marine. Hunter Duke is looking forward to a small-town life to dr “I can’t do this without you” Chase Williamson was never meant to be a dad. Like it or not, though, he’s now the sole guardian of five-year-old Lyla and terrified of messing it up. He needs help, but who wants to rescue a high school dropout? Certainly not the gorgeous newcomer in town, even if he is an ex-Marine. Hunter Duke is looking forward to a small-town life to drive away his demons. Maybe meet a nice girl? Adopting a puppy begins to fill the hole in his heart, but it’s an unlikely friendship with Chase and his daughter that really starts to make Hidden Creek feel like home. When social services threaten to take Lyla away, Hunter knows he’ll do anything to prove that this town is wrong about Chase. Could it be that this is the family he was searching for all along? 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 a three-legged puppy with attitude, a long-awaited comeuppance, and enough kisses to mend any broken heart.

30 review for Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    This wasn't my cuppa. Chase wasn't a likeable character; he was insecure and helpless, and I never warmed up to him. Plus, the social worker's behavior was so ridiculous as to be unbelievable. He was like a Disney villain. Cute kid, cute dog, cute epilogue, but not enough to save the story. This wasn't my cuppa. Chase wasn't a likeable character; he was insecure and helpless, and I never warmed up to him. Plus, the social worker's behavior was so ridiculous as to be unbelievable. He was like a Disney villain. Cute kid, cute dog, cute epilogue, but not enough to save the story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    3.5 Stars This is a very sweet romance I enjoyed a great deal. Chase is a closeted even to himself man living in a town that treated him unkindly who is now raising his young daughter. He is kind and loving and shy with self esteem issues everywhere. Hunter is a vet starting over as a physician's assistance in a new town who strikes up a friendship with Chase. Chase's daughter is dealing with the grief of losing her mother and Chase is working on proving he can provide a stable home to child serv 3.5 Stars This is a very sweet romance I enjoyed a great deal. Chase is a closeted even to himself man living in a town that treated him unkindly who is now raising his young daughter. He is kind and loving and shy with self esteem issues everywhere. Hunter is a vet starting over as a physician's assistance in a new town who strikes up a friendship with Chase. Chase's daughter is dealing with the grief of losing her mother and Chase is working on proving he can provide a stable home to child services. Chase is a wonderful father who lets his daughter shine. Hunter gets a puppy and discovers he is interested in Chase as more than a friend. It is sweet. We have an awful villain but the drama is kept pretty low and you will root for Hunter and Chase because they are wonderful. It is lovely to see a community form around them. I have read one other book in this series and I liked it a great deal as well and it is fun to see characters from that book thread in this one. I know Gabe of the Farmer's Market gets his own romance but I am hoping Koby and Kris do as well. I wish we had seen Hunter seek help for his PTSD, Chase too for some his esteem and self hate, and the villain could have gotten a bigger downfall. I would have also liked to meet Hunter's family. So, there is some follow up and depth missing but it was a good read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    AliciaJ

    DNF’d at 27%, I just couldn’t take the OTT behavior of Chase, let alone the social worker guy. It was ridiculous, and I have way too many books on my tbr to waste on one that’s pissing me off.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gustaf

    Well, I loved this book. So much. I think you all know by now that gfy ain't my thing but this was done perfectly. No unnecessary freaking out. Thank god. The story is so sweet. My heart ached for Chase. He deserved his HEA so much. My only concern was, as usual when the story has a dog, something about the dog. Hunter left a puppy alone for a whole night? That you cannot do. Well, I loved this book. So much. I think you all know by now that gfy ain't my thing but this was done perfectly. No unnecessary freaking out. Thank god. The story is so sweet. My heart ached for Chase. He deserved his HEA so much. My only concern was, as usual when the story has a dog, something about the dog. Hunter left a puppy alone for a whole night? That you cannot do.

  5. 4 out of 5

    SoCalBookReviews

    This book is one part of a six book series, all written by different Authors. All books are a standalone with supporting characters coming from each of the different books. This book was about newly Full time Single dad Chase, who grew up in Hidden Creek, and his five year old daughter Lyla. And New to Hidden Creek Hunter, who is Ex Military trying to adjust back to civilian life. Chase and Hunter meet, and Hunter pushes them to be friends, despite Chase’s reservations about the towns feelings fo This book is one part of a six book series, all written by different Authors. All books are a standalone with supporting characters coming from each of the different books. This book was about newly Full time Single dad Chase, who grew up in Hidden Creek, and his five year old daughter Lyla. And New to Hidden Creek Hunter, who is Ex Military trying to adjust back to civilian life. Chase and Hunter meet, and Hunter pushes them to be friends, despite Chase’s reservations about the towns feelings for him. Chase really struggles and has to deal with a lot in this book, but Hunter is the perfect guy to bring him out of his shell and get him to realize he doesn’t have to do it all alone. And of course his adorable daughter Lyla helps bring the two together. This book was really cute and I enjoyed reading it, all the characters we met were really likable, and the series seems to be put together really well. I can’t wait to meet all the other people from this town in the rest of these books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    This is a terrific story about love, family, friendship, and acceptance. The author has crafted a story a story with complex characters, who are likable, and interesting. Their stories are heartfelt, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately strong and uplifting. This is one book in The Men of Hidden Creek series. Each book in the series is written by a different author and can be read as a stand-alone and feature familiar people around town. I received a copy of this book from the author, my revie This is a terrific story about love, family, friendship, and acceptance. The author has crafted a story a story with complex characters, who are likable, and interesting. Their stories are heartfelt, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately strong and uplifting. This is one book in The Men of Hidden Creek series. Each book in the series is written by a different author and can be read as a stand-alone and feature familiar people around town. I received a copy of this book from the author, my review has been voluntarily submitted.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lelyana's Reviews

    I was looking for a heartwarming book when I found Hunter and Chase, and I couldn't be happier. Awkward that he is, with baggage and all, Chase found his sanctuary in Hunter's arms. Added to the picture an adorable five year old girl and a three legs pup, I'm sold! This is a very sweet story, aside from a s typical homophobic that need a kiss from me, in the face, with a chair, this was a really enjoyable read. I liked the epilogue, and I met some of the characters from other books in this series, I I was looking for a heartwarming book when I found Hunter and Chase, and I couldn't be happier. Awkward that he is, with baggage and all, Chase found his sanctuary in Hunter's arms. Added to the picture an adorable five year old girl and a three legs pup, I'm sold! This is a very sweet story, aside from a s typical homophobic that need a kiss from me, in the face, with a chair, this was a really enjoyable read. I liked the epilogue, and I met some of the characters from other books in this series, I think I need to read the series, all of them soon!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily Seelye

    I liked this except for the evil social worker plot line.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina Marie ~books are my drug of choice~

    Tearjerker I am finding that I love this series. It is , unfortunately, very true to life. Some might complain that it is unrealistic but it deals with many issues that exist today still. In this book there is prejudice and discrimination but also many good people who are accepting. I would recommend this book to everyone. This book has more angst than others I've read but generally the negative takes place off page. Tearjerker I am finding that I love this series. It is , unfortunately, very true to life. Some might complain that it is unrealistic but it deals with many issues that exist today still. In this book there is prejudice and discrimination but also many good people who are accepting. I would recommend this book to everyone. This book has more angst than others I've read but generally the negative takes place off page.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Chase, for all that he tries, seems to have the ire of everyone he meets. Or so he thinks. His upbringing was more than rough and he grew up believing that he was wrong, dirty, less than, unworthy. When his biggest mistake turns into his greatest joy, those awful feelings follow him causing him to maintain a distance from that joy, thus prolongs his suffering. Until tragedy forces him to bring his daughter home with him. Still carrying around that baggage but trying his best Chase worked his way Chase, for all that he tries, seems to have the ire of everyone he meets. Or so he thinks. His upbringing was more than rough and he grew up believing that he was wrong, dirty, less than, unworthy. When his biggest mistake turns into his greatest joy, those awful feelings follow him causing him to maintain a distance from that joy, thus prolongs his suffering. Until tragedy forces him to bring his daughter home with him. Still carrying around that baggage but trying his best Chase worked his way into my heart very quickly. I did think that the downer attitude lasted a little longer than necessary but I couldn't help yearning for him, for something good to happen to him. And along came Hunter. Hunter was everything that Chase needed as a partner, a support, and a friend. But only if Hunter could realize what's right in front of his face. I liked Hunter and his care of Chase. The immediate way he brought Trooper into his life was definitely foreshadowing the way he'd bring Chase home too and I didn't see anything wrong with that. Sometimes it's the care and concern that deepens the feelings until you can't help but open yourself to the romantic ones. Their relationship was slow-growing and even once they were on the same page it continued the same way. But that ending...so many happy feels that also showed just how far Chase had risen in his own eyes, the ones that really mattered. Hunter and Lyla already saw him, loved him, and now Chase could finally see what they saw all along. Just in time for the best backyard barbecue ever.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andyy the Bookworm

    Ok, here's the thing. This is by no means a terrible book and the premise is actually pretty good, not the most original thing but still pretty solid. Unfortunately, everything is so cliché it hurts. It starts off kind of nice with our two MC'c forming a friendship, fortunately there's no insta-love, but after that it's just a bunch of generic cheesy dialogue and a few overused scenes. We get very minimal character development; I mean Chase spends most of the book essentially wringing his hands Ok, here's the thing. This is by no means a terrible book and the premise is actually pretty good, not the most original thing but still pretty solid. Unfortunately, everything is so cliché it hurts. It starts off kind of nice with our two MC'c forming a friendship, fortunately there's no insta-love, but after that it's just a bunch of generic cheesy dialogue and a few overused scenes. We get very minimal character development; I mean Chase spends most of the book essentially wringing his hands and being in despair while Hunter's just there and that's all. The author could've/should've dug deeper into Chase's family problems, especially problems concerning his dad and she could've gone into more detail on Hunter's past and PTSD. Aside from that, the narrative seemed solely focused on the characters considering there were minimal descriptions of their surroundings, which made it very hard to visualize any scenes. I would never go so far as to say I hated it, I did finish it after all, but it was a bit hard to finish and I found myself skimming some parts. Oh and one last thing, is it so fucking hard to have a bisexual character?? Because apparently Hunter just HAD to go to the "I'm gay" conclusion immediately.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Reilley

    This book sucked me in from the get go. Chase is a young man that grew up socially awkward and I'm going to say mentally scarred because of the way not only his dad treated him but a lot of the citizens of Hidden Creek. Tragedy hits and Chase now becomes care giver to his five year old daughter, Lyla. Chase meets Hunter and their initial encounter does not go well but Hunter does apologize and they move on from that. Hunter is new to town recently out of the military It was sweet watching first fr This book sucked me in from the get go. Chase is a young man that grew up socially awkward and I'm going to say mentally scarred because of the way not only his dad treated him but a lot of the citizens of Hidden Creek. Tragedy hits and Chase now becomes care giver to his five year old daughter, Lyla. Chase meets Hunter and their initial encounter does not go well but Hunter does apologize and they move on from that. Hunter is new to town recently out of the military It was sweet watching first friendship develop and then turn into love. What more can fight homophobia than love!!! They have some ups and downs due to bullying and homophobia but they are able to pull through with the LOVE that they have for each other as well as determination to show they are a great family. I loved this book. I look forward to the rest of the Men of Hidden Creek.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Suddenly thrown into full time fatherhood, Chase is struggling to come to terms with his ability to be the sole provider to his daughter, Lyla. He meets Hunter - the handsome physician's assistant - when Hunter jumps to conclusions after he discovers some bruising during her annual checkup. Hunter rushes out to apologize as soon as he realizes his mistake, and is given a second chance to make a good impression when he sees Chase having car trouble. Their slow building tentative friendship buds f Suddenly thrown into full time fatherhood, Chase is struggling to come to terms with his ability to be the sole provider to his daughter, Lyla. He meets Hunter - the handsome physician's assistant - when Hunter jumps to conclusions after he discovers some bruising during her annual checkup. Hunter rushes out to apologize as soon as he realizes his mistake, and is given a second chance to make a good impression when he sees Chase having car trouble. Their slow building tentative friendship buds from there. When I first started reading I wanted to judge Chase for not being there as much as a father should be during the first 5 years of his daughter’s life. As the story progresses though, I was able to see how fragile and vulnerable he was. Once I learned about his abusive past, both verbally and physically, it was easier to see why Chase believed he was doing both Lyla and her mother a favor when he mostly stayed away from them. Chase won me over quickly however, in the way he wholeheartedly threw himself into loving and caring for Lyla. Despide feeling overwhelmed and somewhat isolated he did everything in his power to make her life better. Even if it meant spending more time with the tempting PA, whose puppy had already stolen his daughter’s heart. Hunter is the sweetest, I love him! He is without a doubt one of my favorite types of guys to read in romance. He isn't perfect, but he also is the kind of guy who, once realizing what he wants, wholeheartedly throws himself into making it happen, with no regard for what others might think of him. I admire that kind of determination and courage, since so many people let fear or insecurity hold them back. Hunter has his own struggles to work through as he navigates his way back to civilian life after his tours as a Corpsman. Not only does he struggle with PTSD, but he must adjust to having real “free time” which can sometimes create more problems when a person is used to a strict schedule. He finds an unexpected joy in his newfound friendship with Chase and Lyla, and quickly becomes a constant pillar of strength for them, even as his own world is shaken when he discovers he may not be as straight as he thought he was. He recognized Chase’s need for a friend so he continues to be there for him and his daughter even as Chase tries to push him away during his overwhelming battle with CPS to maintain custody of Lyla. All of the characters in this book were fantastic and well developed. It was easy to understand how their pasts molded them into who they were and made them relatable. I loved how they were able to work through them together. I adored how supportive and reassuring Hunter was and that he never wavered or shyed away from how he felt despite circumstances suggesting he should. He really was the perfect counterpart for Chase. Lyla was without a doubt the beacon of light in both their lives and it showed with how they cared for her. She was such a fun little girl. Her love of aliens, robots, Star Wars and other unconventional things really brought her to life for me and made me appreciate her on a deeper level. This book left me with so many warm fuzzies I absolutely loved it! I was also so excited to meet a few of the characters that can be found in the other books of the series and I can't wait to jump into the rest. My hardest choice now is which one to pick first!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    An Unworthy Man I was given this book as an ARC. When I opened it I was thinking, ‘Oh my God I don’t feel like reading all these pages (over 3,000 locations)” and secondly I had no idea what it was about. Everybody was being so mysterious and secretive about the entire series. So I read another book instead. Then I went back & determined to do my duty I began reading - WOW! I was blown away by the first few pages, then the first couple chapters. Chase Hunter Lyla Trooper I read so much sometimes An Unworthy Man I was given this book as an ARC. When I opened it I was thinking, ‘Oh my God I don’t feel like reading all these pages (over 3,000 locations)” and secondly I had no idea what it was about. Everybody was being so mysterious and secretive about the entire series. So I read another book instead. Then I went back & determined to do my duty I began reading - WOW! I was blown away by the first few pages, then the first couple chapters. Chase Hunter Lyla Trooper I read so much sometimes I don’t remember the names of my characters, but I had no trouble this time. I LOVED this book. I hope everyone else who is writing books for this series , writes with the emotional intensity as Ms. Welch. The book was amazing and so ironic I’d just read two books about sudden “Fathers” & here was a third. I am a huge Mpreg fan, but I cut my teeth on Single Gay Father stories. I loss a lot of sleep to finish reading this book. I returned some books to the library I’d planned to read. I read Storm in between innings of the opening two games of baseball season. My Yankees won both games by the way – Yeah! There was a Storm brewing in many locations. The destructive Storm of PTSD for a newly discharged Navy/Marine veteran. A young Golden puppy became his shelter in the Storm of Nightmares. He still got wet and felt the gusts of wind, but he would have been blown away without his canine companion. The worse Storm was in the life of a young man who struggled for many years to survive the judgment of the Storm of his tyrannical abusive father, his lack of education, and ability to find a higher paying job. His internal Storm kept him enslaved in a self-destructive mindset of being Unworthy: of a better life, of being a good father, sickened that his past would hurt those around him. A nasty homophobic man who wielded a great deal of power over Chase’s life - a Storm that kept cycloning in & out of his life wreaking havoc. Leaving devastation in his wake. A young girl felt the terrible effects of a Storm on her life. It brutally swept away a parent. It showed its ferocity with Hurricane Harvey. It came in the form of cruel bullies. Despite being so little, she tried to defend herself, but the relentlessness of the Storm made important parts of her life miserable. Luckily she had a dad to offer her some shelter from the powerful Storm. But who would protect her Daddy from its booming thunder, screaming winds, and lightning strikes. Who better than a soldier whose job had been protecting others, but Chase was a conflicted scared man who couldn’t even admit being gay. And Hunter was a straight man that never even fathomed a relationship with another man. Neither counted on the forces of nature – the Storm swirling around them, trying to disrupt their burgeoning friendship, and the fireworks that followed a first kiss. But the Storm wasn’t done with any of them, not by a long shot. As sunshine brightened their hearts and lives Storm clouds were gathering, intent on a magnificent crescendo that would leave hearts asunder, fear, terror, and loss. Who would withstand the power of the Storm? Are you prepared to try?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Nicole Costiera

    I loved Storm by HJ Welch. It's part of a six book series, The Men of Hidden Creek. All the books are about different couples within the town. I was so impressed with Storm, I bought all 6 books!! There was just enough about the other guys in this one that I was left wanting to know more. Storm has a great flow and an emotional plot, which kept me entertained and engrossed in the story throughout. Add in lovable, interesting characters that include a rambunctious little girl and an adorable pupp I loved Storm by HJ Welch. It's part of a six book series, The Men of Hidden Creek. All the books are about different couples within the town. I was so impressed with Storm, I bought all 6 books!! There was just enough about the other guys in this one that I was left wanting to know more. Storm has a great flow and an emotional plot, which kept me entertained and engrossed in the story throughout. Add in lovable, interesting characters that include a rambunctious little girl and an adorable puppy and I am a goner. I found the third person narrative was executed brilliantly. In the small town of Hidden Creek, Texas, Chase Williamson is known as the town mess up! He has always felt different, especially with being gay and closeted. It didn't help that some of the town's people, including his own father made him feel like outcast. While trying to be "normal" in high school and experimenting with a friend, he accidentally got her pregnant. Oh, the scandal! 5 years later tragedy strikes and now he is the sole caregiver of his daughter Lyla. Chase is completely overwhelmed but determined to give Lyla the life she deserves. My heart hurt for him, as well as Lyla. Chase is such a damage lost soul. He's been mentally scared his whole life by everyone around him. Leaving him insecure and timid. He's never had anyone to support and encourage him until he meets Hunter... Hunter Drake is ex-military. After leaving the Marines, he decided to settle down in the small town of Hidden Creek. Maybe find a nice girl and have children. What he didn't expect was to meet and bond with a single dad and his adorable daughter. Hunter was exactly what Chase needed and vice versa. Chase brought out feelings in Hunter he never thought he'd have... All Hunter wanted was for Chase and Lyla to be happy. He wanted to protect and care for them. Somehow the friendship line blurred and it all became clear to him. He had feelings for a man!!? Could this be the family he longed for? Hunter was so supportive and complimentary to Chase. Slowly breaking down his walls, while building his confidence. I loved watching their relationship blossom from friends to lovers. Their road was not easy... They had quite a few challenging hurdles to overcome. But sometimes love does conquers all. The epilogue actually brought tears to my eyes!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is a wonderful story about love, family, and acceptance. Chase is a little bit broken and mentally scarred by his past, thanks to an abusive alcoholic father, absentee mother, and the scorn of many in Hidden Creek. My heart broke over and over for Chase, seeing how little he thought of himself and how he could not see what an amazing person he was deep down. He sees himself as worthless and undeserving of anything good in his life, love, and his daughter Lyla, but finds himself a full- This book is a wonderful story about love, family, and acceptance. Chase is a little bit broken and mentally scarred by his past, thanks to an abusive alcoholic father, absentee mother, and the scorn of many in Hidden Creek. My heart broke over and over for Chase, seeing how little he thought of himself and how he could not see what an amazing person he was deep down. He sees himself as worthless and undeserving of anything good in his life, love, and his daughter Lyla, but finds himself a full-time single father when tragedy strikes. Hunter is starting over in Hidden Creek at the urging of his friend Connor after leaving the military. When he meets Chase, they tentatively strike up a friendship that is the catalyst for some big changes in both their lives. The relationship that develops between Chase and Hunter is so incredibly sweet and loving, romantic and sexy as hell (that chocolate body paint.. just.. damn). I just love how Hunter never falters in his support of Chase and Lyla. They bring out the best in each other while helping the adorable and feisty Lyla through her grief.. with a lot of help from a three-legged puppy. There are some bumps along the way (and a character I want to throat-punch, tbh), but their HEA is so wonderfully satisfying and deserved. And the way Chase blossoms and realizes his self-worth through the love of his daughter and Hunter? Just beautiful. This is a standalone book that is part of a series where each book is written by a different author. I am so glad they are all being released at once, as I am so excited to read the other books in this series and get to know the other men of Hidden Creek!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I was gifted my copy of this book, that I write a review was not required. OH!!! Warm and fuzzies, AND too stinking cute! Seriously, not had a book like this for some time and after a run of much heavier, emotionally devastating books, this landed in the queue at the very right time! Chase gets a call and his life turns upside down and inside out. A visit to the doctor's introduces Chase to Hunter, and then Hunter's life is turned upside down and inside out. Spending more time with Chase and his I was gifted my copy of this book, that I write a review was not required. OH!!! Warm and fuzzies, AND too stinking cute! Seriously, not had a book like this for some time and after a run of much heavier, emotionally devastating books, this landed in the queue at the very right time! Chase gets a call and his life turns upside down and inside out. A visit to the doctor's introduces Chase to Hunter, and then Hunter's life is turned upside down and inside out. Spending more time with Chase and his daughter, Lyla, Hunter begins to really question what he wants, or more specifically, WHO. And when Hunter makes his mind up, there really is no stopping him. Enter a few bigoted individuals in a position of power, and a few more who really surprise you, a three legged dog called Trooper, and you have an amazing little read! Took me couple hours, I lost the whole morning, but I really did love this! It's very well written, from both Chase and Hunter's point of view, so we get all that internal wrangling that Hunter does, because let's face it, he does have a lot of wrangling to do. Or at least, he DID. But like I said, once he makes his mind up, Hunter is very clear about how he feels for Chase and Lyla and how he wants them both in his life. This is part of the Men of Hidden Creek series. There were a couple of characters that popped up along the way who have an interesting story to tell and I do hope I get the chance to read them! Excellent addition to Ms Welch's library! 5 full and shiny, warm and fuzzies, too stinking cute stars! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess A Jaye

    When I heard that a bunch of authors were getting together to create a new interlinked series I was super intrigued. I really like reading series where other/previous characters pop up in other books. If Storm reflects the rest of the series then I'm going to fall totally in love with the Men of Hidden Creek. I thoroughly enjoyed Storm and I read it in one go. Chase and Hunter were great characters, that pulled you in from the start and you root for them from beginning to end. Poor old Chase, bles When I heard that a bunch of authors were getting together to create a new interlinked series I was super intrigued. I really like reading series where other/previous characters pop up in other books. If Storm reflects the rest of the series then I'm going to fall totally in love with the Men of Hidden Creek. I thoroughly enjoyed Storm and I read it in one go. Chase and Hunter were great characters, that pulled you in from the start and you root for them from beginning to end. Poor old Chase, bless him he's at the end of his tether. He's not had the best start in life and feels that the residents of Hidden Creek hate and judge him for the mistakes of his past and his parentage. Hunter meanwhile has returned from the frontline a changed man. He wants to start a new life, little releasing his friendship with Chase was going to change his life in ways he never expected. I adored how Hunter was brave enough to embrace his feelings for Chase and was strong enough support him through his custody battle. I will immediately be 1-clicking the rest of the series once it releases.

  19. 5 out of 5

    avid reader 1

    ***Possible Spoilers*** Wow. I enjoyed this so very much. First, I must be honest and say that when I first met Chase, I was a bit put off by his constant self-denigration. It didn't take long to see why he thought the way he did. The author gives us a beautiful father/daughter relationship that grows in strength and emotion as the pages turn, which is especially poignant considering the abuse Chase suffered from his father. Hunter is a lovely character, working through his own issues, but willing a ***Possible Spoilers*** Wow. I enjoyed this so very much. First, I must be honest and say that when I first met Chase, I was a bit put off by his constant self-denigration. It didn't take long to see why he thought the way he did. The author gives us a beautiful father/daughter relationship that grows in strength and emotion as the pages turn, which is especially poignant considering the abuse Chase suffered from his father. Hunter is a lovely character, working through his own issues, but willing and even compelled to be a part of Chase and Lyla's lives. He lends his strength and support to the small family and helps Chase to see that he is worthy of friendship, love, and desire, that he is a good father and Lyla is lucky to have him. They find ease in each other and grow into a passion and love that overshadows and overcomes many insecurities of the past. Lyla is a sweetie, temper tantrums and all. There are laughter, tears, anger, and pain, (experienced by the characters and this reader) all bracketed by a homophobic walrus holding their happiness in his hands. These well thought out characters and storyline lead us to a believable and satisfying HEA. Storm is the first I've read by this author, and I look forward to more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Chase Williamson has always felt like an outcast in Hidden Creek, just because he is different. He has spent his whole life trying to prove he is not which is how he has ended up with a five year old daughter. Now she is in his care after her mother died suddenly from an aneurysm in her brain. Hunter Duke has just left the forces and having nowhere else to go has decided to make his home in Hidden Creek where his best friend and ex-forces buddy Connor lives. He has found a lovely house and a new Chase Williamson has always felt like an outcast in Hidden Creek, just because he is different. He has spent his whole life trying to prove he is not which is how he has ended up with a five year old daughter. Now she is in his care after her mother died suddenly from an aneurysm in her brain. Hunter Duke has just left the forces and having nowhere else to go has decided to make his home in Hidden Creek where his best friend and ex-forces buddy Connor lives. He has found a lovely house and a new job as a physician assistant. Hunter always seems to be rescuing Chase and soon discovers, much to his amazement that he feels more for him than just friendship. The story tells of both men's journeys of discovery of their selves and each other, their fight against homophobia and prejudice against them for being who they are and of course we have our happy ever after. I really enjoyed this story. The characters are three dimensional, (what can I say about the awful Mr Preston apart from "Urghh!") and a great picture comes to mind of the town of Hidden Creek. Part of a set of six individual stories by six authors.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jojo

    This is a story about Chase, a man struggling with pretty much every aspect of his life. He dropped out of high school, has a crap job, a troubled past be believes that the whole town of Hidden Creek hates and judges him. On top of all that, he suddenly has sole custody of his 5 year old daughter. He is lost. Nothing goes his way until he meets the new PA in town. Hunter is a Marine who has just left service and moved to a new town where he only knows one person. Chase has been poisoned by his f This is a story about Chase, a man struggling with pretty much every aspect of his life. He dropped out of high school, has a crap job, a troubled past be believes that the whole town of Hidden Creek hates and judges him. On top of all that, he suddenly has sole custody of his 5 year old daughter. He is lost. Nothing goes his way until he meets the new PA in town. Hunter is a Marine who has just left service and moved to a new town where he only knows one person. Chase has been poisoned by his father’s hate and believes that everyone hates and judges him for his past and for his sexuality. He’s always known he was gay but never actually been able to live as such or even admit it out loud. Hunter is the perfect opposite. He is haunted by memories of war, but he doesn’t let that diminish his life. He is open to the people (and the puppy) around him. When he realizes his feelings for Chase, he faces his sexuality with almost no angst. He is in a transition in his life and learning that he was wrong about such a fundamental point about himself is just one more thing that’s changing. He is so open to everything that’s happening to him that it, eventually, gives Chase the strength to trust in the happiness his life now has. It’s a really sweet romance. One thing I wish was that there was more subtlety to the bad guys in this book. They were just too simple, almost cartoon characters of homophobic bullies. It didn’t feel as real or believable as the other aspects of the story. Some of the plot felt forced and inorganic. The romance was better than the plot outside of it and that lowered my rating here. Trooper is the real star of this book though. Then again, even the sweetest romance can’t compare to a happy, three legged puppy and his new 5 year old best friend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kendra T

    Chase ended up getting a girl pregnant in high school when he tried to pretend he wasn't gay. He saw Lyla, his daughter, a few times over the year, but he never had custody. Five years later, his daughter's mother passes away, and Chase is a full time father. Chase struggles with self esteem issues, and he is very fearful about how being gay will affect his life. Hunter is new to Hidden Creek, and meets Chase and Lyla. He is charmed by Chase's shyness, and they become friends. Hunter has never re Chase ended up getting a girl pregnant in high school when he tried to pretend he wasn't gay. He saw Lyla, his daughter, a few times over the year, but he never had custody. Five years later, his daughter's mother passes away, and Chase is a full time father. Chase struggles with self esteem issues, and he is very fearful about how being gay will affect his life. Hunter is new to Hidden Creek, and meets Chase and Lyla. He is charmed by Chase's shyness, and they become friends. Hunter has never really thought that he was gay, but he wasn't about to ignore the feelings he had for Chase. There was a little bit of challenge thrown in their way with a homophobic social worker, but the way Hunter stood by Chase's side and the way they stood up to him was great. I absolutely loved Hunter, my heart felt so much sorrow and pride for Chase, and Lyla and Trooper were utterly adorable. They were such a great family. I really enjoyed this book. This is the third book I have read so far in this series, and they have all been fabulous. They have definitely exceeded my expectations. I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC I received from LesCourt Author Services

  23. 5 out of 5

    T

    Storm is a standalone book that is part of the Men of Hidden Creek series, 6 books that are each written by a different author. H.J. Welch is a new-to-me author and I am very impressed! The story is very well written, the characters are detailed and the story had all the feels! You get Chase who was abandoned by his mother, abused by his father and lives in a town that looks down on him and treats him with scorn. He is unexpectedly left to care for his 5 year old daughter by himself while fightin Storm is a standalone book that is part of the Men of Hidden Creek series, 6 books that are each written by a different author. H.J. Welch is a new-to-me author and I am very impressed! The story is very well written, the characters are detailed and the story had all the feels! You get Chase who was abandoned by his mother, abused by his father and lives in a town that looks down on him and treats him with scorn. He is unexpectedly left to care for his 5 year old daughter by himself while fighting a homophobic social worker to keep custody. Next, we meet Hunter who is an ex-marine, new to town and straight. The two MCs start with a friendship and that turns into a family fighting for each other and fighting to keep Chase's daughter. I enjoyed that each MC had individual battles...Chase fighting to really see himself and that he is worthy and Hunter fighting to adapt to his attraction to a man. I thought the story was very sweet but it also had passion and heat! Add in a cute little girl and an adorable puppy and you can't ask for more! I received an Advanced Reader Copy for an honest review

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nerea

    3.5* This is a very far-fetched story. But it worked for me. Especially the first half of the story, I was really invested in the plot ! The chapters are short but they advance at a good pace, so is easy to get into the story. ABout the characters, Chase has a very low. self-esteem, and at one point in the story you really want to shout at him because the things in his head are so dramatic. (view spoiler)[ When Hunter finally tells him "I love you" He answer "WHY" (hide spoiler)] In general I liked i 3.5* This is a very far-fetched story. But it worked for me. Especially the first half of the story, I was really invested in the plot ! The chapters are short but they advance at a good pace, so is easy to get into the story. ABout the characters, Chase has a very low. self-esteem, and at one point in the story you really want to shout at him because the things in his head are so dramatic. (view spoiler)[ When Hunter finally tells him "I love you" He answer "WHY" (hide spoiler)] In general I liked it! I´m more in this type of relationship developments where they meet, hang out and then start feeling things BECAUSE you like the time you spend with that person. A lot of the last books I read, all start with a hook up or a glance... is not a bad thing... but I totally prefer this vanilla romance :P This is my first book from this author but I will check his other works!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ayla

    First I have read from this author and I was impressed with the writing! I like when an author can take a character who the outside world does not like or believe in and make you as the reader connect with them. The author made me believe in Chase. Chases character development was amazing and it was nice to see him come out of his shell and stick up for himself. Chase and Hunter were both good characters. I liked seeing friendship blossom before anything else. It was nice to see Hunter's genuine First I have read from this author and I was impressed with the writing! I like when an author can take a character who the outside world does not like or believe in and make you as the reader connect with them. The author made me believe in Chase. Chases character development was amazing and it was nice to see him come out of his shell and stick up for himself. Chase and Hunter were both good characters. I liked seeing friendship blossom before anything else. It was nice to see Hunter's genuineness. The pace of the book flowed naturally and was more realistic. That was definitely a breath of fresh air. Lyla was a cutie and a sweet addition to the story! I liked all the side characters and am excited and hopefull that they will be getting their own books as well. I definitely recommend this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Oh this is a great book. Hunter learns that things in his life may not be as black and white as he always thought, and Chase learns that things are not as he has always believed. Chase has had a hard life and has always believed the worst things about himself. When the two of them meet it's not necessarily the best encounter. I love watching the two of them grow and come into the truth of who they are and what they could mean to each other. They have a lot to work through and prejudices to overc Oh this is a great book. Hunter learns that things in his life may not be as black and white as he always thought, and Chase learns that things are not as he has always believed. Chase has had a hard life and has always believed the worst things about himself. When the two of them meet it's not necessarily the best encounter. I love watching the two of them grow and come into the truth of who they are and what they could mean to each other. They have a lot to work through and prejudices to overcome but they have each other to lean on and hopefully together they can find their forever. Of course with Lyla and Trooper at their sides things get a bit chaotic and messy but that just adds to the adventure. I really loved this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dixiecowgirl

    A story that will warm your heart and paint the world as a place with possibilities and love. Creating a today and a future are tough and having someone special to believe in you can make all the difference. The MC's of this story are both in need of a new direction and they find each other at just the right time. Chase and Hunter are terrific characters and this authors writing is a treasure.I know i always look for her books to buy and read. Storm is part of a group of books written by differe A story that will warm your heart and paint the world as a place with possibilities and love. Creating a today and a future are tough and having someone special to believe in you can make all the difference. The MC's of this story are both in need of a new direction and they find each other at just the right time. Chase and Hunter are terrific characters and this authors writing is a treasure.I know i always look for her books to buy and read. Storm is part of a group of books written by different authors all centered around the town of Hidden Creek. Each book can be read as a stand-alone but the characters pop up in the different books. I’m quite intrigued and will be following them.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    ⛈Hunter and Chase🌦 This book is part of a series of books written by multiple authors. This is the third one I’ve read so far (of 6) and, like the others, it was great. Really the only thing that connects these books is the location and they are happening at relatively the same time. I did see a few characters in this book from the others but they do not play important roles so you can definitely read this as a complete stand alone without feeling cheated. Chase is insecure and doesn’t think he’s ⛈Hunter and Chase🌦 This book is part of a series of books written by multiple authors. This is the third one I’ve read so far (of 6) and, like the others, it was great. Really the only thing that connects these books is the location and they are happening at relatively the same time. I did see a few characters in this book from the others but they do not play important roles so you can definitely read this as a complete stand alone without feeling cheated. Chase is insecure and doesn’t think he’s worth anything. Hunter is fresh out of the military looking to really start his life in a new town. Hunter helps Chase realize what an amazing man and father he is. This book is so sweet and really touching. I shed a few tears reading it. Such a beautiful story. I’m looking forward to continuing with the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Chase has past has kept him from admitting who he really is, that past had him experimenting with a female at age 18 leading a pregnancy. 5 years later he is now faced with having to raise that little girl when her mother dies unexpectedly. Hunter has come to Hidden Creek after the military. After starting a friendship with Chance and his daughter Lyla, he realizes he isn't as straight as he thought. Turns out for Chance that waiting for the other shoe to drop and his world to fall apart, Hunter Chase has past has kept him from admitting who he really is, that past had him experimenting with a female at age 18 leading a pregnancy. 5 years later he is now faced with having to raise that little girl when her mother dies unexpectedly. Hunter has come to Hidden Creek after the military. After starting a friendship with Chance and his daughter Lyla, he realizes he isn't as straight as he thought. Turns out for Chance that waiting for the other shoe to drop and his world to fall apart, Hunter steps ups to show him the best of Hidden Creek and of life. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the others in this new world of Hidden Creek.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This was a gripping book, I couldn’t put it down! It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching story about love, family, trauma and self-realisation. It sensitively delves into some deep and painful topics, which are cleverly intertwined with a juicy butterflies-in-your-stomach romance between two adorable men. It was a pleasure to witness them growing closer and together discovering their true selves. Quite frankly, I couldn’t get enough of it (and I may now be in love with Hunter). Another great book fro This was a gripping book, I couldn’t put it down! It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching story about love, family, trauma and self-realisation. It sensitively delves into some deep and painful topics, which are cleverly intertwined with a juicy butterflies-in-your-stomach romance between two adorable men. It was a pleasure to witness them growing closer and together discovering their true selves. Quite frankly, I couldn’t get enough of it (and I may now be in love with Hunter). Another great book from this author!

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