Freckles (2016 Holiday Charity Bundle) by Amy Lane

freckles_600x900Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.
Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.
But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!
He can be the owner of a small dog.


4 adorable stars complete with sloppy puppy kisses.

If you’re looking for a sweet, adorable holiday read – complete with a lovable, irresistible pup, Freckles will most definitely fill the bill.

Carter was a mess, but not as bad as he thought he was. He worked for an unethical jerk who had no conscience. Carter’s conscience was beginning to working overtime however, but he felt guilty and dirty by association. He also did feel worth of someone as sweet and kind as Sandy or as adorable and needy as Freckles.

The first interaction between Sandy and Carter was adorable and Sandy’s initial opinion of Carter was hilarious. I loved the inner voice of both characters actually. Adding Freckles to the mix was just sweet, fluffy icing on the cake. 😉

The supporting characters were great too and as holiday reads go, it was pretty much perfect. Plus, it was part of Riptide Publishing’s Holiday Charity Bundle benefitting the Trevor Project, which is just another great reason to pick it up. The other titles include Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins and Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein.



Selfie (Bluewater Bay #13) by Amy Lane

Selfie_600x900One year ago, actor Connor Montgomery lost the love of his life to a drunk driver. But what’s worse for Connor is what he still has: a lifetime of secrets born of hiding his relationship from the glare of Hollywood. Unable to let go of the world he and Vinnie shared, Connor films a drunken YouTube confession on the anniversary of Vinnie’s death.
Thankfully, the video was silent—a familiar state for Connor—so his secret is still safe. He needs a fresh start, and a new role on the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing might be just that.
The move to Bluewater Bay may also mean a second chance in the form of his studio-assigned assistant. Noah Dakers sees through Connor’s facades more quickly than Connor could imagine. Noah’s quiet strength and sarcastic companionship offers Connor a chance at love that Hollywood’s closet has never allowed. But to accept it, Connor must let Vinnie go and learn to live again.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1You may think that you know by reading the description that Selfie will make you shed a tear or two… Let me just clarify that for you… You. Know. Nothing! This book will crush you. You’ll think the worst of Connor’s pain is over and then he gets blind sided by something or someone and the tears start all over. Yeah, Amy Lane held nothing back in Selfie and I both love her and hate her for it. Connor’s pain was raw and he was falling and there was no turning back from the inevitable crash. This book broke me. So yeah, however many tissues you were planning on having nearby before you pick up this book, triple it. You can thank me later.

To describe Connor as broken is probably an understatement. In the opening of Selfie, he had hit his lowest point. Luckily he had someone to help him pick up the pieces and shove him in a direction that would hopefully get his life back on track. I absolutely loved Jilly. She was brash and honest and wasn’t afraid to admit that she screwed up. She also loved Connor and honestly wanted what was best for him… not your average Hollywood agent.

Then there was Noah… He saw beyond the front that Connor hid behind. He was genuine and funny, honest and caring and he was determined to help Connor, whether he wanted it or not. He was the stability that Connor needed, but it wasn’t always enough. There were some things that Connor had to conquer on his own.

There was so much to love about Selfie, I can’t even begin to convey it all. I loved the support that the Wolf’s Landing community surrounded Connor with. I loved Noah’s family and how obvious it was that they had shaped Noah into the amazing man he had become. I loved the contrast between how comfortable Noah was in his identity compared to how hidden Connor was even though he didn’t want to be. Yeah, there was lot of pain in Selfie, but in the end, the love overpowered it and made every tear shed worth it.

So far, this is one of my favorite installments in the Bluewater Bay series. I’ve said that before and it’s probably not a coincidence that one of my other favorites was the Deep of the Sound, also written by Amy Lane. Like all the other books in this series, Selfie can be read as a standalone, but I have to recommend reading them all. Even though they’re written by several different authors, there is a cohesiveness that flows between the books that I’ve really enjoyed.

Oh, and after you’ve read Selfie and emotionally recovered, follow this link to Riptide’s Selfie page and click on the tab for Extras. There you’ll be able to listen to Vinnie’s monologues… and start shedding tears all over again… *sigh*


Bitter Taffy (Candy Man #2) by Amy Lane

BitterTaffyRico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.
When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet. 
Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.

I’m really loving this series. I knew when Derek was first introduced he was a special kind of guy. I love it when I’m right. I also love it when that special kind of guy finds some one just as special. Even though the only interaction that readers had with Rico in The Candy Man was through phone calls and text messages with Adam, those conversations and the way Adam talked about his cousin were enough for me to gain respect for him. Yep, lots of reasons to fall in love with this series.

Rico wasn’t quite as broken as Adam even though he came from the same crazy family. He carried a lot of guilt though because he hid who he was. What Adam went through proved to Rico that their family wasn’t one he could come out to without serious repercussions. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe their family. Honestly… Derek was patient and yeah, pretty much perfect, but he was also leery and as much as he cared about Rico and wanted it to work, he didn’t want to risk getting his heart broken.

As much as I loved Rico and Derek’s story, I really enjoyed the fact that the characters from the previous story were not only back, but they played an integral part. I love the quirkiness of Darrin and the way that Finn’s family adopted Rico as their own simply because if he was Adam’s family, he was theirs. Rico found out that there’s more to family than blood and sometimes the family that chooses you cares a lot more about you than the one you were born into.

It probably comes as no surprise that I can’t wait to start the next book in the series, Lollipop. Readers have met both of these characters too and it promises to be another interesting addition to the Candy Man series. 😉




The Candy Man (Candy Man #1) by Amy Lane – Bout-of-Books 15 Review

CandyManAdam Macias has been thrown a few curve balls in his life, but losing his VA grant because his car broke down and he missed a class was the one that struck him out. One relative away from homelessness, he’s taking the bus to Sacramento, where his cousin has offered a house-sitting job and a new start. He has one goal, and that’s to get his life back on track. Friends, pets, lovers? Need not apply.
Finn Stewart takes one look at Adam as he’s applying to Candy Heaven and decides he’s much too fascinating to leave alone. Finn is bright and shiny—and has never been hurt. Adam is wary of his attention from the very beginning—Finn is dangerous to every sort of peace Adam is forging, and Adam may just be too damaged to let him in at all.
But Finn is tenacious, and Adam’s new boss, Darrin, doesn’t take bullshit for an answer. Adam is going to have to ask himself which is harder—letting Finn in or living without him? With the holidays approaching it seems like an easy question, but Adam knows from experience that life is seldom simple, and the world seldom cooperates with hope, faith, or the plans of cats and men.

I’m not even sure where to start. The story began with Darrin working his magic candy mojo, which I loved BTW… This may not have been a PNR, but the hint of magic that started the story was definitely enough to catch my interest. Of course, once Adam was introduced, magic or no, I was hooked. I loved both Adam and Finn from the start.

Adam was… well… he was broken. My ‘Mama Bear’ gene worked over time when it came to him. There’s no excuse for what he went through. None. I felt exactly like Finn did when he discovered Adam’s troubled past… which BTW made me love Finn even more.

Can I just say, thank God for Finn’s determination. If not for his tenacity, he wouldn’t have stood a chance. That was just one of the many things that I adored about Finn.

Then there were the supporting characters…and there were many, not the least of which included Gonzo the cat and Clopper the dog. All of them played an important role and there wasn’t one that was introduced that I didn’t fall in love with. Of course there were the employees at the candy shop, but there was also Rico. The only interaction that Adam had with his cousin Rico was through text messages, but it was enough to be totally invested in his story, which is next. There was also Finn’s family, who totally made up for Adam’s poor excuse for a family… almost.

And did I mention the tears? Yeah, there were more than a few. There was one scene in particular that I pretty much dare anyone not to get just a little choked up while reading, but I found myself wiping my eyes more than once. *sigh* Bitter Taffy is next and it thankfully features Rico. I can’t wait to get to know Adam’s only sane family member 😉


The Deep of the Sound (Bluewater Bay #8) by Amy Lane

DeepOfTheSoundCal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.
Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.
Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I honestly have no idea where to begin…

If you haven’t read the Valentine’s Day anthology of Bluewater Bay short stories Lights, Camera, Cupid, I’m not sure whether to tell you to read Amy Lane’s short story Nascha before or after reading The Deep of the Sound. I’ll put it this way… enough time had passed since I read it that I forgot a few details, but as soon as I finished The Deep of the Sound, I wanted to read Nascha again. If you have read it, Cal and Avery’s story overlaps with the ending of Nascha‘s story.

Just like I can’t decide where to begin, I can’t decide which one of these characters I loved more. Cal carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. At least his family’s world. He was doing the best he could, but even he knew it wasn’t enough. He lived in real terror that his brother would hurt himself or even worse, someone else. His great uncle had good days and bad days, (which included the heartbreaking task of explaining to him once again that Cal’s parents had died tragically.) The only thing keeping both Keir and Nascha functioning as close to normal as possible was a well timed regimen of medication. Cal was way too young to have so much responsibility and no time to live his own life.

Avery was such a sweet guy. Too sweet to be treated the way he had been by his ex-lover and his parents. He was smart, witty and more capable of independence than even he realized. There were things that terrified him, but he seemed to find the positive in almost every situation. He may have been rescued by Cal on the side of the road, but Avery did just as much to save Cal.

The Deep of the Sound was so much more than a love story between two young men that deserved to find a HEA. It was also a story of the power of love between friends and family. As little as Cal seemed to have, Avery envied him. That family connection was priceless in Avery’s eyes. Cal couldn’t see beyond the present… ‘until we can’t’ was the only commitment that he could promise, but he craved and deserved so much more.

And then there was Nascha. After reading The Deep of the Sound, I’m so happy that he got his story in Lights, Camera, Cupid. I loved him even more by the end of Avery and Cal’s story…

Yes, there were tears. Yes, there was heartbreak and yes, there were some no win decisions that were forced to be made. Having this story wrapped up in a nice, neat bow of happiness wouldn’t have done any of the characters justice. Things weren’t perfect by the end, but there was hope for the future and that’s more than any of them had when this story began. Speaking of which, I’m kind of hoping that this isn’t the last readers see of Avery and Cal. You know… just to make sure they’re doing okay… 😉


Lights, Camera, Cupid (Bluewater Bay #6) Multi-author Anthology

LightsCameraCupid_400x600Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1What a fantastic Valentine’s Day treat ❤ All written by authors I know and adore. Some familiar characters and some new characters. Some laughs and even a few unexpected tears. If you’ve been following the Bluewater Bay series, you need to add this one to your TBR list.

Just Another Day by L.A. Witt

Levi and Carter were introduced in Starstruck, the first book in the Bluewater Bay series, so it was very fitting that they were included in Lights, Camera, Cupid. It was fun spending time with these two again. Being in a relationship hasn’t gotten rid of all of Levi’s little quirks, but he’s working on it. He proves in Just Another Day that Carter’s the most important part of his life and he’d do anything to show him how much he means to him.

Nascha by Amy Lane

Out of all the stories in Lights, Camera, Cupid, this one seemed the most out of place… but it really wasn’t. Nascha’s story wasn’t a happy one, but it turns out that it serves a purpose. I liked the story regardless, but I knew there was more to it than just a old man’s sorrow over what he lost. Turns out that Nascha gives readers some background for the next book in the Bluewater Bay series, The Deep of the Sound, also by Amy Lane.

No Easy Way by S.E. Jakes

This is the first time readers of the Bluewater Bay series are introduced to Cary and Dylan and I’m really hoping that we get to see more of them. Cary was the guy who had everything growing up… and then lost it all. That didn’t stop him from making something of himself. He even got over Dylan when he broke his heart by leaving him. Dylan never thought he was good enough for Cary and knew he would be better off if he wasn’t a part of his life. Nothing is ever as it seems, especially in a world that S.E. Jakes creates. (Oh, and she gets bonus points for mentioning two of my favorite characters from Burnt Toast B&B 🙂 )

Helping Hand by Anne Tenino

I liked Lucas from the time he hit the page in Helping Hand. He was bright, witty and talented and totally at odds with who he was and what he wanted. I really liked the story, but I’m not sure about the ending. I’m really hoping that there’s more to the story between Lucas and Gabe. *sigh*

I’ll Be There by Z.A. Maxfield

Oh Spencer and Nash… I love these guys. In I’ll Be There, readers are even treated to some quality time with Nash’s brother Healey and his geeky friends and boyfriend. Nash goes on a wild trip so he can be there to support Spencer. Meanwhile, Spencer comes to terms with a part of his past that he’s not exactly proud of. I loved spending time with these two again. Hell on Wheels was the third book in the series and another  one of my favorites.


The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane

TheBellsOfTimesSquare_200x300Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.

When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.

Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I expected this book to be sad. I knew deep down that there would be no HEA for Nate and Walter. What I didn’t expect was to feel as much as I did or to be affected as much as I was. Because of those first two statements, I almost ignored The Bells of Times Square. Because of the last statement, I’m so glad that I picked it up. There are things that I will never look at the same way again.

The Bells of Time Square was a book of love and loss, but it was so much more than that. I don’t think I would have walked away from this book with the same impression if it had been set in a different time frame. This book covered a lot of ground, but it was done seamlessly. It opened in the present. Nate was trapped in a body that was crippled by a stroke. He knew everything that was going on around him, but he couldn’t communicate. That in itself was devastating enough, but what he had endured and hidden up until then was even worse. Seeing his loving grandson Blaine with his boyfriend is the trigger that brings memories flooding back, both good and bad.

WWII was a horrific time in history. The fact that Nate not only served as a soldier during that war, but was also Jewish was what pulled me in… the relationship between Walter and Nate is what wouldn’t let me go. Walter not only saved Nate’s life, he awakened a part of him that he tried desperately to ignore. Walter had been through his own torment before Nate showed up. Basically, these two men saved each other. What the experienced was beautiful, horrific, heroic and heart breaking.

I think what touched me most in The Bells of Time Square wasn’t just the romance between these two men. It was more what happened after. Even though Nate kept things close to his heart and didn’t reveal his past, those close to him during that time knew, understood and offered their silent support. Through the horrors and loss of war, something good could be taken away from it. That’s important and what I will remember most from this story.

Just one more thing… if you read The Bells of Time Square, take time to read the notes at the end written by Amy Lane. Her insight to this time in history is worth learning. I walked away from this story wishing I could talk to some of my relatives about their experiences and understanding why they kept a lot of what happened to themselves.



Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

ChristmasKitschSometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them—just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity—Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not—but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Merriam-Webster defines Kitsch as ‘1.  something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality – 2. a tacky or lowbrow quality or condition’ Just in case anyone was wondering… it’s not exactly a word that you hear everyday. The title being a perfect fit for this sweet Holiday read was among many reasons why I fell in love with Christmas Kitsch.

So why does the title fit so well? That word pretty much defines how Rusty’s parents see the people ‘outside’ their circle. It’s hard to explain exactly how awful these people were except to say that they were the exact opposite of Oliver’s family. Yes, this book went to extremes and maybe it didn’t have to, but it worked. It gave readers a vivid image and understanding that sometimes the richest people aren’t defined by money, but by character. It didn’t do it in a preachy way, but a gut wrenchingly real way.

The characters were larger than life in some ways – especially the supporting characters. Yet, at the center, were Rusty and Oliver. I loved the way their relationship grew from friendship to what it inevitably became. It wasn’t rushed, which was good because Rusty had a lot to come to terms with. I loved Oliver’s patience as well as the no nonsense way he handled his feelings toward Rusty. Rusty’s need to give Oliver everything he thought he deserved and Oliver’s need to just be with Rusty. Yeah, the romance part of Christmas Kitsch worked well too. *sigh*

Rusty was a good kid that knew his limits and his weaknesses – or assumed he did. Mostly because they were ground into him. Throughout most of this book I wanted to hug Rusty to console and encourage him and hug Oliver and his family, as well as Nicole and Rex and his family for being there for him when no one else was. (I also wanted to smack some sense into his parents, but that’s a given – this was definitely a book that brought the ‘momma bear’ out in me.) Watching Rusty come to terms with the reality of who he was as well as who he wanted to be – with the help of a lot of loving and caring people – was another amazing part of this story. It wasn’t always easy to read and there were just as many tears as there were laughs – but reading about issues like this isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s supposed to make you think and Christmas Kitsch does that well.

DragonFlyRating420% of the profit from the sale of Christmas Kistch will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC, which is ‘dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBTQ youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBTQ community.’

City Mouse (Country Mouse #2) by Amy Lane & Aleksandr Voinov

CityMouseA magical weekend, a breathless declaration, a happy ever after . . . Right?


When Malcolm Kavanagh took his first step toward emotional maturity by declaring his love to Owen Watson, that was just the first chapter in their story. Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that happy endings take a lot more work than that.

One problem: Malcolm has never been in love. He doesn’t know the rules of a relationship and isn’t confident enough to trust that his is real. He learns the ropes by sharing his life and his flat with Owen, but relationship boot camp proves a challenge. Everything is a struggle, from accepting Owen’s low-status job to putting his boyfriend above his personal trainer.

Luckily, Owen knows a little more about relationships, and labors patiently to survive the first six weeks of their life together. From the art galleries of Cambridge to the tawdry majesty of the Dominion theatre, Owen adapts to England while Malcolm adapts to the whole human race. Maybe, if Owen is patient enough and Malcolm learns to give, the two of them can make it past Relationship Armageddon to a real happy ending.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This one was even more fun than Country Mouse. Why, well for one thing, readers got to know these two characters a little bit better and for another, it was just fun watching Malcolm totally crumble. I know, I’m totally cruel.

Country Mouse was totally centered around Owen and Malcolm and them getting to know each other. There were other characters involved but they were mostly just mentioned. There was little or no interaction between anyone except for Malcolm and Owen. City Mouse changed all that. It was time for the couple to tackle the real world and see what life would really be like as a couple. I loved the knew characters and the way that those characters interacted with Owen and Malcolm. It gave readers a true sense of who these men really were.

I loved Malcolm’s vulnerability in City Mouse. He really had no clue how to be in a relationship. He ended up doing all the wrong things, but ironically for the right reasons. He didn’t think he deserved Owen and he spent most of his time trying to figure out how to insure that they would both survive when the relationship came to its ultimate end. Yeah, Malcolm wasn’t very optimistic. Owen, on the other hand, knew the odds were against them, but he also felt that they were worth the fight. He saw Malcolm for who he was, but he still loved him. I loved that about Owen. Actually, there wasn’t much that I didn’t love about Owen. *sigh*

This book was just a few chapters long and they were divided by weeks. The titles matched the obstacles that they were faced with during each week. Once again Owen’s mother played a quiet but important role in this story. I loved her too. Her quirky observations and motherly advice were a huge part of what made Owen who he was. I also loved Owen’s new co-workers. They added some dimension to the story and their perception of Malcolm was priceless.

I’m really glad that I got this glimpse into the next phase of Owen and Malcolm’s relationship. I don’t know if their story is over or if the authors plan on giving us a glimpse into their future. Even though this was a satisfying end, I wouldn’t mind seeing where this couple ends up. 😉


Country Mouse (Country Mouse #1) by Amy Lane & Aleksandr Voinov

CountryMouseOwen 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I 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.