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"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 ma"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 Reviews

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-04-19 18:50

    ~3.5~This book packs a massive emotional punch. Rob always called his older brother Tommy "Atlas," because Tommy carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Tommy protected Robbie from their abusive father and gave up his own happiness to make sure Robbie had everything he needed. When Robbie, seemingly out of the blue, commits suicide, Tommy is gutted and devastated, unable to move on. Then a stranger shows up on Tommy's doorstep looking for answers. Zack, bereft and homeless, was supposed to jump that night on the roof, but Rob saved him, and Zack wants to know how the bright, vibrant young man who danced with him on a rooftop could have taken his own life. Zack and Tommy attempt to figure out why Rob chose death over life, but suicide is rarely a mystery. Suicide isn't brave, nor is it cowardly. It's a way to make the pain and despair go away. Depression is a noose, and sometimes it squeezes so tightly, dying feels like the only way out. Because they're thrown together under such stressful conditions, Zack and Tommy begin an intense relationship. They sleep together almost immediately. They both need it. It's a way to forget. But Zack is hiding a secret. Tommy doesn't know exactly how Zack knew Rob, and Zack is scared that if he tells him, Tommy will blame him for Rob's death. This book is super steamy, the sex wild and uninhibited. At one point, the men go a it so hard, they break the shower head.The emotions are amplified because both MCs are grieving a major loss. But Zack and Tommy also enjoy just being together, watching dumb slasher movies and puttering around in the kitchen. The book is told in the present-tense, first-person POV of all three men: Tommy, Zack, and Rob (who narrates five out of the 42 short chapters). The voices, however, weren't fully distinct, and if I didn't pay attention to the section headers, I would lose track of who was narrating. There were also quite a few editing issues, including missing words, redundancies (the word "relief" was used far too many times), erroneous subject/verb agreement (e.g., I wonder if either of us are able to stop), and cringe-worthy grammar errors (e.g., Have you read some of these handles? There all pretty bad). Pretty bad, indeed. Despite this (and you guys know that I'm a grammar hound), I really connected with Tommy and Zack, and my heart broke for Rob. I totally ugly cried more than once and couldn't stop reading this book. There is something staccato about the text (this is one of the few times the present-tense narration did not bother me), to the point that it's mesmerizing. Plus, the epilogue is perfect. Tommy and Zack so deserve their HEA! This is an angsty read but not without hope. In the end, happiness wins.

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    2019-04-25 23:55

    I'm not feeling this one. At all. I made it to around 30% but I just can't be bothered to read anymore. I don't get the connection between Tommy and Zack. Yeah, yeah I know, Rob is supposed to be the connection. The book starts with Zack showing up on Tommy's (Rob's brother) doorstep. At this point, all we know is Zack and Rob met on the roof of a building both contemplating suicide. Rob ends up jumping and Zack does not. ***This is not a spoiler, it is in the blurb***Six chapters in and Tommy and Zack are jumping in to the sack together, to forget about the pain of losing Rob? They've bonded over their loss? But at this point, I have no idea what happened on the roof the night before. I have no real idea of what Tommy and Rob's relationship as brothers was like - other than what I've been told. The chapters alternate POVs between Tommy and Zack with some Rob chapters thrown in here and there to give us the story of what happened on the roof. Maybe I needed that Rob chapter sooner? Tommy and Zack's chapters just seemed to be was a repetitive loop of guilty feelings. Zack's for not stopping Rob and Tommy for not realizing Rob needed help. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this type of read? Maybe I would have liked it more in the second half? But as it stands I just wasn't drawn to the characters, their connection, or the story. I'm obviously in the minority, so I encourage others to try it. It just wasn't for me.

  • Dia
    2019-04-17 20:46

    4 stars for this heartbreaking storyThis was my first book by this authors duo. Riley Hart is one of my favorites authors and I've read a couple of books by Devon McCormack. I didn't expect this story to break my heart and make me so emotional. I think I can count on my fingers how many books really got to me. But the theme of this book is so sad and full of angst: losing a dear one who committed suicide.Tommy's brother - Rob decided to jump from a building, but in the same night he saved Zack's life.Tommy is devastated and he desperately wants to know why Rob decided to die. Zack came to meet him, because he thought he can help Tommy by revealing some of the things Rob shared. But he wasn't expecting the huge attraction between them, so he chose to hide how he really met Rob. I hate lies and I hate them fiercely. A lie by omission is still a lie. And no matter what were his reasons - fear he'll lose him - still doesn't justify in my eyes why he continuously hid the truth from Tommy, when all Tommy wanted was to find out more about his brother. Overall I think this story was well written and I kept turning the pages real fast. I warmed up to the characters a little hard, but this book has A LOT of smoking-hot scenes. The ending was sweet and it leaves you full of hope.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-04-11 17:49

    So basically the story is exactly what the blurb says - and the whole drama of the story is when Zack will finally admit to Tommy that he was with Rob just before he jumped and that Rob had talked him out of committing suicide only to do it himself.I wish I could tell him the truth. It itches at my conscience. Some part of me wants to share it all, but I’m so fucking scared I’ll lose the only person—the only friend—I’ve had in a long time.I feel so stupid for thinking of him as that. We’ve only known each other for a few days, but after all we’ve shared, after all we’ve been through, that’s what it feels like.“How the fuck would you have known?” Tommy asks.He can’t understand. He can’t know how close I was to that moment.I should have been selfless enough to try and figure out what the fuck this other guy was doing on the roof with me. I should have been smart enough to realize he wasn’t just some angel coming to rescue me from my own despair. That there was more to it than that.Just tell him.All I can bring myself to say is. “I’m so sorry, Tommy.”[image error]Literally that secret, that weight, is the only tension in the story - but it's masterfully done. As a reader you're on tenterhooks waiting for the shoe to drop. For that grief to swell and rip and finally purge....because it reminds me if he knew the truth about that night on the roof…if I had opened up to him about how I really knew his brother, he wouldn’t forgive me either. I know it’s wrong to keep this from him, but it’s the only way to keep him in my life.While the story does focus on the aftermath of suicide and those left behind who are left to wonder why, it's not all doom and gloom, it's not all tension and anxiety. There's heat and passion between Tommy and Zack, and even some humor peppered throughout.It’s been the most surreal thing in the world having Tommy in my life these past few weeks. Surreal, but wonderful. I’ve never let anyone in like this. Never talked to anyone so much. Watched stupid movies with someone else. Made meals. Joked around. And had repeat hot-ass sex that just gets better each time.Told from multiple points of view, including Rob's, this story packs a punch.“World’s such a fucking lonely place,” he says.I hear the despair in his voice. It’s a feeling I’m all too familiar with, but hearing him vocalize it makes me feel a little less alone. I just want to break down, but I reach within me, not for my own voice, but for the voice I would expect to hear from someone who can be more helpful than me. Someone like Tommy. What would he say to this guy? How would he help him through this?“It can be,” I whisper. “But sometimes, you get lucky and cross paths with someone who can make it all feel a little less lonely. Sometimes they pop out of places where you least expect them.”So, yeah...this garnered some tears, sparked some anger, and wrung a few sighs. It's a romance at it's heart and you definitely get a very sweet, very necessary HEA. That makes this a winner in my opinion.He had hope. Hope that life could be better. Hope that something could go his way. Hope that I lost for a while there. Hope that I found in my darkest of moments with the help of a stranger that couldn’t find that for himself.Recommended!Advanced Review Galley copy of Weight of the World provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • .Lili.
    2019-04-02 18:10

    I went into Weight of the World by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack knowing absolutely nothing about it- not the title nor blurb. I'd been told it was emotionally charged, but that's it. Within a few sentences, I knew that this story would hit me hard. It deals with suicide and depression. As I've mentioned before, depression is something that I deal with and it sometimes it makes me critical of stories of this subject matter. Hart and McCormack did a beautiful job handling their character's feelings. The guilt, hopelessness, shame and feeling like a burden to your loved ones- they were all expressed authentically. Most importantly captured though were the strength, patience, and love that it takes to bury those feelings. There were moments where this book was almost difficult to read, but it was also cathartic. I'm ever so happy to have read it. Anyhoo... Here are some of my highlights:-The characters. Tommy, Zack, and Rob. Tommy for his love and loyalty. Zack for his inner strength. Robbie for his big heart.-The multiple POVs. I've never been a fan of having anyone else POV besides the main characters, but this story needed to be narrated by all three men for the actual essence of the book to come across.-Even though the book dealt with a dark subject - it wasn't all sad. Humor and passion were perfectly blended in to break up some of the sadness.-And that ending- the closure they all got- it left me a bit breathless. It was perfect.As far as any negatives- there were none to be found here. This beautiful story of hurt, comfort, healing left me full of hope, and it left me knowing I'm not alone (sometimes the brain needs a little reminder). 5+ Stars. HIGHLY recommend.

  • Jaime
    2019-04-25 20:02

    “You take the weight of the world on your shoulders, don’t you? You worry about everyone, but you don’t want to let anyone in. You want to take care of everyone, but you don’t let anyone take care of you.”This was a book that snuck past me when it was released and I went into it not reading the reviews or even the blurb - I just saw the authors and was sold. I had no idea what the story was about and I quickly found myself a blubbering mess multiple times through this book.The Weight of the World is an emotional roller coaster - these two authors put these characters through the paces and the story sucker punches you right in the chest! So get ready and please bring Kleenex. I feel like I must warn any other unsuspecting readers, this book deals with very hard issues including suicide, Suicidal ideation, alcoholism, abuse, depression, and the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide. So again, if these are triggers for you - please be warned.Zack, he is someone who is at rock bottom and ends up on the rooftop of a building ready to end it all - what are the chances he would end up on the same rooftop as another person who is considering suicide and actually be talked out of killing himself by a fellow lost and depressed soul. When he leaves the roof and then sees on the news the next day that his companion on the roof didn't leave the same way he did - he feels raw. He seeks out the mans (Rob) brother in order to look for some answers and try to understand why Rob talked him out of killing himself, then jumped himself.Tommy, he just lost his brother to suicide. His brother who he had no idea was depressed. His brother who he helped raise and protected from their abusive, alcoholic father on numerous occasions. He is lost. He wants to know why Rob ended his life. Why he didn't come to him. Tommy would have done anything for him. Didn't Rob know this? Then when he comes home one day after work and sees a slightly disheveled man looking in his window and seeming to case his place - he loses it.It's with some quick thinking that Zack is able to calm Tommy down as he says he was a friend of Rob's and was just looking for him. Both of these men - who seemingly find each other through grief and loss, find something in the other that helps them to heal as they start looking for answers about Rob together. Zack and Tommy are immediately drawn together - "I just wanted to take away Tommy’s hurt, and I wanted him to take away mine." - And the underlying sexual energy between the two is pretty damn hot! "I guess big-dick tops run in the family.” -- "He has that look in his eyes. I know that look now. He’s hungry for something, and considering I just fed him, it sure as fuck isn’t food."All the while, Zack, is hiding how he really knew Rob - that he as on that roof with him, that he maybe could have saved him, that he was the last person to talk to Rob. Zack struggles with this truth throughout the story and tries to figure out how to tell Tommy the truth, as they get closer and even start to fall in love the worse thing possible happens. Tommy finds out. Can these two see their way past the lies and hurt that brought them together and continue to build on a relationship that has helped heal them both? Can Zack help Tommy realize that he doesn't have to carry the weight of the world anymore - and that he is willing to help him carry the pain and hurt as they build a life together?These two authors have written a heart-wrenching story - I felt like I was living the pain of the main characters and with Rob's story told in-between it really is an eye opener and a story that may leave you feeling a bit raw and exposed at times. But I guarantee you these two authors also know how to write the romance, turn up the passion and heat, and make everything right in the end. 5 Fantastic stars! A Must Read!!*Triggers - Suicide and Mentions of Child Abuse*

  • Denise H.
    2019-04-12 23:58

    *** We open after Rob has committed suicide. ***Zack, 26, spent time with Rob that night on the roof, and seeks out Rob's brother, Tommy. Why? Why? is the question each asks. Tommy, 35, is angry he didn't see it coming, he didn't help him somehow. Zack is guilt laden and saw Rob as an amazing person who helped him that night. The men lean on each other, try to explore why it came to suicide, why no one helped. They find a Grindr buddy, a Psych doctor, and nothing but more questions. Through this process, Tommy and Zack have explosive, passionate, healing sex, and throughout, Zack's secret hangs over them. We get several chapters from Rob's mind, his POV about that night, and his talk with Zack; Rob's inner conflict, and through this we learn more about Tommy, and what Zack went through that night.Rob said Tommy is "Atlas."Zack is an artist/mover, and Tommy works construction and welds sculptures. I laughed, cried, and had deep introspect with my reading. * It is an intense study of the survivors left behind in the wake of suicide. INCREDIBLE. This book is magnificently written by Riley Hart (I've read before) and Devon McCormack ( new to me). The book is simply amazing.Highly recommended. ENJOY the journey ! ====================================Many thanks to sweet Jaime, who recommended this amazing story !==================================

  • John The Cosmic Wanderer
    2019-04-15 22:11

    Felt zero connection between the MCs. Everything was just too repetitive. They'd Talk, somebody gets angry/upset, they fuck, repeat. That's all they do. It was exhausting and in the end I wasn't interested anymore about Rob's reason for committing suicide. #notagoodexperience

  • I~❤️~Books
    2019-03-28 21:03

    ✮4.5 Stars✮ *****I JUST LOVED IT!!!*****

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2019-04-17 01:06

    3.5 StarsThis is exactly what the blurb says. Zack has hit rock bottom, and when he decides to end it all, he’s convinced by a stranger to give life another go. When he shockingly discovers that Rob chose to do exactly what he intended, Zack goes searching for answers and finds Rob’s grieving brother, Tommy.What ensues is some major hurt comfort as these two try to find answers, a reason or a clue as to why Rob is now forever gone. Both these men obviously have not had it easy, where they have each taken the brunt of responsibility, of challenges, and terribly painful tough times and situations, never having had help or much support from anyone, especially from those that should have unconditionally given it. As they share in their grief, other feelings evolve.This is classic Riley Hart (co-written with Devon McCormack), showcasing both Tommy and Zack’s point of view. You know you’re going to get some major back and forth and repetitive contemplation, interspersed with some very nice (and sometimes dirty) smexy. Both these men are constantly struggling with their guilt and sorrow and frustration, while slowly reevaluating their choices and what they now want out of their forever changed lives. What stands out is the impact of what such a terrible loss can have and it forces one to view things from a different perspective. Through loss can come hope. This by no means was an easy read when given such a serious topic matter and the devastation that suicide leaves in its wake. Out of such horrible tragedy, these two find each other and their salvation, leaving one optimistic in the wake of bittersweet sadness.

  • Christelle
    2019-03-30 00:11

    DNF at 29%, so no rating.From the first page, I didn’t connect at all to the story nor the characters. the constant change of their mood and thoughts didn’t sit well for me, and the dirty talk made me cringe. It felt for me so different from the other books written by Riley Hart, an author I really enjoy.I put it down twice and tried to go at least to go to 50%, but I can’t : I prefer to throw the towel :-(

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-04-14 20:08

    Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 4/6/17 :)

  • Meags
    2019-04-25 19:02

    4 StarsLoss, heartache, despair, confusion, abandonment, anger, guilt. Acceptance.Love.Hope.Weight of the World deals with a magnitude of strong (often warring) emotions. With a plot centred on the ripple effects of a suicide, this story is a tough one to read at times, but in my humble opinion, it was handled with grace and humility.I don't read this kind of story often, for obvious reasons, but in Riley Hart I trust, and I wasn't left disappointed. Even with all the doom and gloom feelings that this one dredged up, it still managed to inspire hope and happiness, providing the MCs with an ending that was both fitting and satisfying.

  • River
    2019-04-23 00:00

    4.5 to 5 stars. This book broke my heart so many times that it was impossible for me not to love it. Maybe is the fact that I started this when I was PMSing or maybe I'm just an emotional mess but I had to stop and take a break to cry more than once. This story is told in Zach and Tommy's POVs and the authors gave us a few Rob chapters that made us see what was going on with him.All of Rob's chapters are set in that fateful night that changed Zach and Tommy's lives but it still makes you know him and understand why Zach who barely knew him is so affected. There's instalust and the MCs do fall for each other quickly but I understand their feelings given the circumstances. Both characters were amazing, I was rooting so hard for them to be okay and happy and dammit to find so closure. The epilogue was beautiful and yes I cried all over again.

  • Tess
    2019-04-10 20:52

    3.75 starsThere were parts of this that I liked - the three different view points, the focus on mental illness - and I was a little teary eyed at the end. I just had a difficult time connecting with the romance and how quickly things moved between these guys.

  • Fabi
    2019-04-15 18:02

    I have no idea how to review this. I'm so tempted to skip out on it. But then I'd be failing my personal challenge to review everything I read. So here goes...I hope.This book packed a 5-star angst punch. The entire story held somber overtones. That's not too surprising considering the theme is depression and suicide.I hurt all the time. I hurt so much sometimes it's like I'm being eaten from the inside out. Like I walk around empty. I laugh where I'm supposed to and smile where I'm supposed to, but it's all a lie. I'm a good actor.I bet many people can relate to those words. Unfortunately.There were many quote worthy words and passages in the book. I have a ton of highlights. Emotional punch after punch.This book should have been a painful, piercing portrayal of those who have left us as well as those who've been left behind. But, in spite of the highlights and gut punches, the book didn't live up to what it intended.1. There were too many typos.2. The two characters' voices were too dissimilar and similar at the same time. That's really strange to say, I know. But, for me, it was obvious that this book had two authors. It was also obvious that one of them was a female author because one of the characters was so feminine (not in a physical way) in an emotional way, that I had a hard time picturing him as a man.3. The sex scenes were so ... idk ... dry? clinical? out of place? emotionless? ... I'm settling on "icky".4. The connection (or the lack of) between the MCs was a big problem for me. On the one hand, I appreciated and acknowledged how Zack and Tommy could support each other through the early, intense grief. A period in which people are often lonely, angry, lost and confused. I liked that they were there for each other in low key ways. However...5. The beginning of the plot was focused on the two men searching for answers. The ever elusive "why". Then, sort of suddenly, that whole mindset was dropped and never brought up again. It's like once they hit one dead-end, they no longer cared to keep searching. It was too abrupt to be believable. I needed more thoughts and emotions on the switch of focus.6. Both characters' backgrounds were so horrendous that it almost seemed OTT. Plus, we never found out how/why each left home.7. to 10. It's not a big secret, but I'm using spoiler tags just in case for the rest of this. You might want to skip the spoiler if you haven't read the book yet.(view spoiler)[I think that the last straw for me was during the climax. When Tommy found out that Zack had been on the roof of the highrise wih Rob right before Rob jumped to his death.7. The way that Tommy found out? So contrived! Cheesy even.8. His reaction? Made no sense! At all! Why did Tommy NOT assume that Zack had pushed Rob? Nothing was ever explained, to us or to Tommy. It seems to me that if you find out another person was on the roof at the same time as one of your loved ones supposedly jumped to his death, your first thought would be that it was murder instead of suicide considering there had been no real evidence of depression and no suicide note left behind.Then, Tommy tells Zack to leave. Now. Huh? He's been so caring and nurturing up to this point. He knows Zack has no where to go, but he kicks him out to the street in the middle of the night?Also, and more impotantly, their whole relationship was based on Tommy wanting to find out the "why" of losing Rob. He wanted to talk to friends, counselors, anyone who had any information at all. When he finds out that Zack was the last person to see and talk to Rob, instead of demanding answers, he just kicks him out? Didn't that just null and void the whole beginning of this plot?That part was the clincher for me. It put all the little niggles into focus and destroyed the whole book for me.9. The "dream" Tommy had of Rob? Come on! What the hell was that? Who ordered the platter of cheese?10. The epilogue, the letter, and at this point, the everything, I could have done without any of this.(hide spoiler)]To sum it up. This book affected me. It did. Many significant quotes really moved me. But the execution of the plot left me detached from the characters. I felt ragey that such an important subject wasn't presented better. Finally, sad that what I considered two experienced authors couldn't come up with a better delivery.1.5 stars from me for this one

  • Chris
    2019-04-26 21:49

    3.5 for his heartbreaker. This was an angst filled story from beginning to end as Tommy and Zack look for answers as to why Rob ended his own life. Tommy the stoic, ever reliable big brother couldn't save his little brother and struggled to come to terms with the choice he made. Zack met Rob on that rooftop, both with the same intention but Rob helped Zack see some hope - Zack just couldn't reconcile Rob not taking his own advice. Zack & Tommy meet under the most challenging of circumstance and the story revolves around hem both looking for peace ❤️

  • Tina
    2019-04-18 20:59

    ********** INCREDIBLE **********5 BIG FUCKING STARSI can't count how many times my heart broke while reading this. It was heartbreaking, raw, honest, and so very emotional! I would highly recommend it!

  • Camille
    2019-04-20 21:16

    DNF AT 27%The secret, the narration, the first person POV, the skirting around the issues, the grief-relief sex...not dong it for me. I never enjoy this author's work, ever, but the blurb struck me. I did really want to read a book about someone struggling to such a large extent under the weight of the world and their journey through such. That's not what's occurring here, though. Plus, I can't read a whole book with people operating under the misconception that one is responsible for someone who's suicidal.

  • Leann
    2019-04-07 20:15

    Yikes!! I'm definitely in the minority with my review. I tried, really really tried, to like this book but gave up at 42%. The guilt of both characters, Tommy and Zach, was stifling and repetitive. They seemed to drone on and on and on and it got really depressing to read.

  • *~*~*Kael*~*~*
    2019-04-10 01:59

    True rating ... 3.75 stars!!

  • Seva Bivins
    2019-04-22 21:48

    DNF. I just could not get into this book. The characters weren't likable and it was redundant. They kept saying and thinking the same things over and over and over...... Very boring read for me. The sex was awful too. It just lacked.....something. I felt like there was no connection between them.

  • Judy
    2019-04-22 18:56

    5 emotionally beautiful stars!!!review to come...

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2019-04-17 23:50

    I dunno about this one.Honestly, if Zack was so ready on that building, he needs some serious help. I don't feel like his illness was addressed correctly. To want to jump off a building and end your life is pretty fucking serious, yeah?Anyway. I think I have trouble with these kind of books in general. I think that in order to keep the book from being too dark the serious subject matter isn't handled, well, seriously.My heart did hurt for Rob though, so much. It makes me so very sad that he just gave up. It makes me angry too. It's a crime honestly. Such a terribly selfish act. Ugh. Poor, poor Tommy being left to pick up the pieces.This is just probably not my thing.

  • Alona
    2019-04-01 18:05

    What a stunning cover!

  • Tammy
    2019-04-07 23:13

    This was a really down story and it’s not that I didn’t expect that but I didn’t think it would drag throughout most of the book. It went from Tommy and Zack having a bonding moment then always the guilt afterwards and this went on and on. Then when Tommy found out how Zack meet Robbie it blew my mind what as ass and how unforgiving he was!!!! He decided to contact Zack again because of a damn dream, seriously 😐. When he turned his back on Zack I was so done with Tommy. The last chapter was the one part of the book I enjoyed. Sorry because I do like this author but this book did not work for me.

  • Book Faerie
    2019-03-26 23:05

    It's hard to put my feelings about this story into words. Was my heart completely ripped out? Yeah. Most definitely. The subject matter here lends to a very heavy and emotional story and journey for these MC's. Death and grieving are hard to read and wondering why someone you love committed suicide adds another dimension to the sorrow that hangs over this journey for the MC's. Then, add in a blooming love that meets a bumpy road and the sorrow compounds. There is a HEA but don't expect the path to be an easy one to travel. Well written but extremely emotional. If you can only read about rainbows and sunshine, this will be a tough read for you. I enjoyed it but I definitely need to read something with rainbows and sunshine to pick me back up from the emotional hardwood floor. Have the tissues ready...

  • Bitchie
    2019-04-20 22:09

    I must be getting cold in my old age, because the only time I really teared up was when (view spoiler)[ they finally found Rob's letter (hide spoiler)] Sure, there were some hard moments, but nothing really got to me until that.Still, this was a very good story, that details what it means to be the ones left behind, when someone chooses to do what Rob did. I'd still have liked more depth about just what he suffered, but I guess that's the whole point- sometimes you never really know all the answers, and you have to be ok with that.

  • Grady
    2019-04-12 23:14

    ‘The image is so spot on. It feels like I’m looking at a picture of Rob.’Southern gentleman Devon McCormack grew up in the Georgia and according to his biographical information from 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.’ Devon is a gay man and focuses on gay male characters. In this book WEIGHT OF THE WORLD he joins California author Riley Hart who states she is a hopeless romantic, ‘a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.’ The team works very well together!Somehow Riley and Devon understand the crisis of suicide and loss of a loved one so well that their conversation they create between those left behind is authentic and very touching. Lovers and brothers and other strangers make this story not only erotically satisfying to readers who are eager to increase their exposure to romance stories of every sort, but the concept is a very sound one – one built of need, not only of fulfillment of lust but one to offer succor to the grieving one, even if both players are grieving over the same man. And to add spice to the mystery the author’s introduce reflections from the deceased man peppered into the run of the story.The synopsis makes the story clear: ‘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.’This is very fine writing and the voice sounds like one author instead of two – a factor which is as high a compliment one can pay to a duo who have joined efforts to write one book!

  • Tessi4M
    2019-04-20 17:46

    I was warned by the blurb that this book would be anything but fluffy, so I wasn't surprised.There was an oppressive atmosphere throughout the whole book like dark clouds having heavy above shutting out the light.After Rob gave Zack enough hope to keep him from jumping off the top of a tall building, Rob himself took the plunge. Zack is full of questions as to why Rob jumped as well as guilt that he didn't see Rob's suffering. He looks up Rob's brother Tommy in the hope of getting some answers.The two men get close and take turns holding each other up through their mutual feelings of sadness and loss. For fear of losing the best thing he has ever had, Zack never really explains to Tommy how he knew Rob. This is the cause for some drama later on and that is where the book lost a star for me; the point where Tommy has to realize he doesn't want to live without Zack in his life. The way he comes to that conclusion (view spoiler)[A f.... dream? Really? How very convenient. Saves him from actually doing his own conscious thinking! (hide spoiler)]Still a good book but definitely one you'd need to be in the right mood for.