Spring (Seasons of Love #1) by Carol Lynne ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

springTitle: Spring (Seasons of Love #1)

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: April Martinez

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/14/2011

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Seasons of Love follows forty years in the lives of two men, Sidney Wilks and Grady Nash, from the Spring of their relationship when love is new and shiny through to the Winter of their partnership when thirty years of being a couple has begun to lose its sheen.

On the day of his mother’s funeral, ten-year old Sidney Wilks is silently comforted by the presence of one man, ranch hand Grady Nash. Little did Sidney know that Nash would become the only stable figure in his life for the next forty years.

Years later, after an evening of typical college fun, Sidney is involved in a serious car wreck. It’s Nash who once again steps in to rescue Sidney and nurse him back to health.

While trying to get close enough to Sidney to help him heal, Nash’s feelings begin to change towards the twenty-one year old. For him, loving Sidney was nothing new, but when his body begins to desire the small man, Nash is forced to re-evaluate his protective instincts.

What kind of future could the two men possibly have? Nash’s life is centred on horses and cattle, while Sidney has dreams of escaping the small-town Kansas life to build skyscrapers. Can two men who want opposite lifestyles come to a compromise, or will Nash be forced to allow Sidney to spread his wings without him?

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series as all four stories follow the lives of Sidney and Grady.

My View:

I am a huge Carol Lynne fan and this story was just another great example of why.

Nash and Sidney were fantastic characters. Both men were likable and grew as the story progressed. These men fit together and each made the other better. Their relationship was solid and steady and was presented in a way that made me love them as much as they loved one another. Their love began as infatuation, morphed into first crush, carried on into first love, and finished as soul mates. It spanned years so when they finally made that jump from friends to lovers, it was rich with emotion and perfectly executed to give the reader all they needed to fully understand the transitions.

This story was slow and steady. As I mentioned it spanned years, but for me, it was never boring. This story was very much just about two men finding their way in life, but it was done in such a way that it captivated me and never let me go. I read this in one sitting and do not regret the hours of sleep I lost in the process.

What I loved most about this story were the emotions and the way the author used horrible situations to impart profound growth and learning on the characters. There were some serious topics touched on, but never once did I feel they were not necessary or not respected. I hated that it had to happen, but I loved watching the way life spit on these men, only to have them come together and come out the other end stronger. I loved every minute of this journey and I am so eager to see what comes next for these men.

Spring was a well writing start to this series. It set up things nicely and gave me everything I needed to fully immerse myself in these men’s lives. I can’t wait to start Summer.

Links

Spring (Seasons of Love #1) on Goodreads
Totally Bound
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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