City Mouse by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov ~ Review by Brandilyn

City MouseTitle:

Author: Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Riptide Books

Publication Status: Available 18 Mar 2013 (available for pre-order now)

Genre: contemporary, romance, M/M, Gay

Themes: commitment, self-discovery, trust issues

ISBN: 978-1-62649-005-5

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

A 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.

This title is #2 of the Country Mouse series, and is the sequel to Country Mouse by Aleksandr Voinov and Amy Lane.

My View:

If you are like me, at the end of a good romance story, you are left wanting more. Left wanting to know WHAT happens after the HEA (Happily Every After). Many authors like to appease their audience with an Epilogue set some arbitrary time in the future where everything is merry and bright and all is right with the fictional world. But how do they get from the HEA to there?

Well for two wonderfully twisted authors, Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov, there heroes needed a bit more angst before truly getting their HEA. But given that the heroes in question fell in love over one lust-filled weekend in London, a little adjustment period was definitely in order. My introduction to two of my favorite authors was this little novella called Country Mouse. (go read it) It is the story of Owen and Malcolm who meet in a bar in London and enjoy one incredible weekend of sex. City Mouse by these two wonderful authors picks up pretty much right were their debut novel (well debut together anyway) left off with the Yank Owen dropping everything to move across the pond and into Malcolm’s penthouse flat after Malcolm’s grand gesture and declaration of love. Of course Malcolm has little experience being part of the human race much less as one part of a couple.

All sorts of fun, games, and angst ensues. Hot love scenes… well one of my favorites was actually quite cold… Ice dildo, that is all I am saying… semi-public sex, two very different men trying to find a middle ground all come together to make a great read. This book had me smiling and laughing through much of it and gripping my Kindle through other parts. I even enjoyed Aleksandr’s little nods to his Market Garden series (which he co-writes with the wonderful LA Witt… review of the 3rd installment coming tomorrow 😉 reviews of the first and second ones here.)

I would like to thank Riptide Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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