The Boys and the Bees by Mari Donne ~ Book Review by Teresa

BoysandtheBeesLG Title: The Boys and the Bees

Author: Mari Donne

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


he only interesting thing about Why Yell, Iowa, is its name, so when Mark Johansen left for college, he didn’t plan to return. But his family has other ideas: his father manipulates him into a job he hates and his mother uses him as a patch for coping with his siblings’ problems.

When Mark runs into Jamie Novotny after a particularly bad day at work, he’s surprised to find the quirky kid he knew in high school has grown into a driven ecowarrior. But the shock of finding Jamie working in the local co-op pales compared to his astonishment when Jamie confesses he’s had a crush on Mark for years.

Their first night together leaves Mark happy but disoriented, but their second leaves him bereft. He’s unable to find Jamie because he refuses to use cell phones, fearing their environmental impact. Mark’s usual stoicism splinters, and he can’t stop himself from tracking Jamie down. When their lives collide, Mark makes room in his heart and his house for Jamie—but what Jamie really wants is for Mark to man up.


I had not heard of this author before, but the book’s blurb intrigued me. Inside I discovered a charming story about family, strength, love and being true to yourself.

Mark is a large man with a solid and giving personality who is careful not to hurt anyone. Jamie is the ultimate crusader with causes galore, from gay rights to environmental needs. Together, they fit, even though both have family issues that weigh on them.

I loved how supportive they both were of each other, I truly liked both characters. They were ordinary men but you could feel their connection. I liked the pacing of the story as well; it flowed gently but with momentum.

My favourite quote was:

 Some people say gay sex is wrong because it has no purpose. I pity them, because they’ve clearly had never found with another person what Jamie and I shared in those moments.

Very romantic! I look forward to more of this author’s work.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Kobo UK

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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