Cascades by Charley Descoteaux ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

CascadesLGTitle: Cascades

Author: Charley Descoteaux

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/09/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday


Justice “JB” Bishop tells himself he’s satisfied with life in the small town of Upright, Oregon. He was born and raised there, and has settled into a comfortable, if lonely, routine working at his uncle’s bar. JB doesn’t expect anything to change after he turns fifty, until an old friend drops in. She suggests he get out of town for the holidays, and soon JB finds himself on an Amtrak to Canada. JB expected to feel different in Canada, to see things he couldn’t see at home. He never expected to find the one who got away.

My View:

Cascades by Charley Descoteaux appealed to my love of second chance romances. That love means I have read a number of them. Unfortunately, Cascades left my little SCR heart in the cold.

For a second chance romance to be effective, the author has to make the reader believe in the second chance. They have to make the reader want these two estranged individuals to find their way back to each other. They have to make the characters need each other more than they need to hang on to the anger. We have to know why they broke up and why they should get back together. Cascades did none of these.

When JB happened upon “the one that got away”, I felt nothing. When he took him in and helped him clean up, I felt even less. I didn’t know either of these characters enough to care if they found each other. As a couple, I knew even less. I didn’t know how they had been together, and I never fully was able to grasp why they were apart for 25 years.

I sense there could have been a heartbreaking backstory that started way back in the 80s when being gay was down right dangerous. Instead, we get a couple of lines telling us he left, and they haven’t seen each other for 25 years. Then all is well and they ride off together into the sunset.

I just didn’t connect to this story.


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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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