Author: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.
Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney checks all my holiday story buttons. Hell, I can drop the “holiday” part of that statement. Cherries is just an excellent story. Full Stop.
If you have ever dealt with weight issues. If you have ever been the subject of bullying or ridicule. If you have even been a “loser” who just doesn’t measure up. If you have ever thought “well if I can just change who I am, someone will like me.” If you have ever been an outsider. If you have ever felt the sting of rejection. If you have ever been less than perfect, this is a story for you.
I won’t give you a synopsis of the story because I could never do O’Tierney’s story justice. I will tell you, however, that Crowley is the every man. He has his issues; some are internalized, some are the result of bullies and constant rejection. Some just are. However, Rell has his own issues. He isn’t good enough… or at least that is the message that he has heard for years.
I appreciated that neither of the main characters are Adonises. I appreciated that both Crowley and Rell have their own insecurities. I loved that neither of them lets those insecurities completely stop the relationship from moving forward. I love that the relationship was sweet and awkward. I love that everything isn’t wrapped up in a bow. I love that Rell and Crowley have a beginning.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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