Book Reviews, LGBTQA+, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Hostile by Nicole Dykes

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(A standalone)

Publication Date: April 4, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/MM Romance

Author: Nicole Dykes

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A truly breathtaking journey full of self discovery, passion, and love.

Grayson has always known he’s gay, but he’s also fully in the closet, whereas Rhett is a bit more complicated. He has deep abandonment issues and he feels broken. Rhett doesn’t accept love from his family or friends easily, until Grayson comes along, but that still doesn’t make his mind catch up to what he’s feeling any easier.

Grayson knows he wants Rhett but it isn’t as easy as declaring it or asking for it. Rhett is skittish, but once he’s in, he’s all in. Their lives are complicated by the fact that high school is ending and they both have futures in different directions. How can they really work when real life will soon rip them apart?

These two are so beautiful discovering their path of what it means to be in a relationship together. There are stumbling blocks, momentous occasions, and struggles they each must face given where they are in their lives.

This is one of my favorite coming of age stories for so many reasons, but their communication and friendship was a huge part of it. However, I also shed a lot of tears over these two, but none more than over Rhett. Have those tissues ready, especially towards the end. It’s such a gorgeous story and I couldn’t stop my tears from falling.

The secondary characters were perfect and very well written, and with this being my first Dykes book I’m really looking forward to returning and reading more.



Life has been easy for me. Top of my class. Star quarterback of the football team. Every guy wants to be my friend, and every girl wants to date me.
Yeah, life is pretty sweet.
Except it’s not.
It’s all fake. School comes too easy for me, and I’m bored. Football isn’t fun anymore. The guys I hang out with aren’t really my friends.
And the girls? I don’t want to date them.
The only one I want to date . . . He’s a little bit . . . hostile.


Life has never been easy for me. A foster kid, lucky enough to be adopted as a teen but who still can’t find a way to be happy.
I have two best friends who are amazing and supportive, and yet, I can’t bring myself to tell them my biggest secret.
Parents who pay for a private school a kid like me could never have dreamed of . . . that I hate.
It feels all wrong when it should feel right.
And I guess . . . that’s made me nothing but . . . hostile.

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