Owen may be a bit of a country mouse, but he’s loving his vacation in London. After a long day playing tourist, he’s on the hunt for some cheap beer and a good burger. Instead he finds a man hunting him, an arrogant prick with only one thing on the brain: the kind of meat that doesn’t come on a bun.
Eighty-hour weeks at a trading desk don’t leave Malcolm Kavanagh much time for meaningful relationships. Besides, in his world, everything’s a competition-even sex. When his newest one-night-sub fails to show, Malcolm sets his sights on the pretty young Yank on the bar stool beside him.
Owen’s all for an adventure with a native, but he’s not the pushover Malcolm thinks he is, and Malcolm’s not as shallow as he tries to be. They both soon learn that nothing’s too intimate to share with a stranger, and the strangest things happen when two people share the most important pieces of their hearts.
Country Mouse was short and sweet, but it didn’t lack a thing. I really liked getting to know these two. They seemed to be total opposites, but they turned out to be perfect for each other.
I love it when a seemingly uncaring, arrogant jerk (on the surface, anyway) realizes that the status quo isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Okay, to be fair, that isn’t exactly who Malcolm is, but the feelings he has for Owen still come as a surprise to him. His carefully built walls literally crumble around Owen and he doesn’t like it. Being in control and having the upper hand is who he is.
Owen, on the other hand, never changes. He is exactly who he appears to be, with the exception that he’s not quite as naive, innocent or unaware as Malcolm first suspects. He’s strong and has a healthy sense of self and a unique view on even the simplest things that I really liked. He saw something in Malcolm that even Malcolm didn’t know existed and to me, that was the best part of this story.
There weren’t really any supporting characters in this novella, but that doesn’t mean that other people didn’t play an important role in the story. One of those people being Owen’s mother. She’s a character that I would love to meet. She obviously did a lot to shape Owen into who he was and had the kind of quirkiness and evident love for her son that added a lot to the story even though she wasn’t physically present.
Malcolm and Owen’s story isn’t over. The sequel, City Mouse is available now and I won’t be waiting long to pick it up.