Sawdust and Berries by Mel Bossa ~ Book Review by Caroline

27207653Title: Sawdust and Berries

Author: Mel Bossa

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/01/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


To others, Liam Stokes is a confirmed bachelor, content with his job as a foreman and satisfied with his quiet life. Liam’s friends and family don’t suspect that under his calm surface a storm is gathering.

Liam has had it with living a lie, but can’t summon the courage to come out as gay until faith takes charge of that. One morning, his back gives out and Liam is forced into getting a massage.

Inked and pierced, Kieran is a young massage therapist with a healing touch and audacious smile. From the moment he sets his hands on Liam, Liam knows this will be unstoppable. But as their relationship evolves, both men are surprised at how much they have in common despite their age difference.

Could this be more than a physical connection? And if so, how far can they take this love before someone else tries to end it?

My View:

Sawdust and Berries is one of those strange books where I liked both of the MC’s but just not together.

Liam Stokes has reached midlife firmly locked in his closet. He is the kind of person that will do anything for you. He has a close relationship to his brothers and family, he avoids women like the plague and he spends most evenings at home by himself. Liam is lonely but too afraid to do anything about it.

Kieran is a young massage therapist who has been in charge of his own life from a young age. Inked, pierced and not without his own baggage he is the type of person that will leave you with a smile on your face as soon as he opens his mouth.

When Liam needs a massage for a bad back he ends up under Kieran’s hands and things are never the same for either of them. It’s a fun story in a lot of ways. There are the religious parents, the bigoted brother, an absolutely foul women on the prowl, an abusive ex-boyfriend and then there is unexpected support from an old family friend.

Their friendship/relationship is like a freight train without brakes but I just couldn’t get a feel for it. For me it never felt like they connected. Kieran had had to grow up far more quickly than his peers but he didn’t reflect this in his relationship with Liam where he acted out and threw tantrums. I guess I was left wondering whether Liam felt like a boyfriend or a father figure.


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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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