Author: Cherie Noel
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Kris Jacen
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/08/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Sam & Patric
Patric Carselowey stole Samuel Touchet-Smith’s heart six years ago in an incendiary act of passion. Then he disappeared, joining the Army without a word. When he returned, treating Sam like stranger, he broke Sam’s heart. Now Sam’s meddling Maman and sister have booked him a hiking tour with Patric as the guide. Caught in the unexpected storm, will Sam’s wounded heart be healed during their race to safety or crushed once and for all by lingering misunderstandings and lost memories?
Christmas in Copper Creek
When one lover loses all knowledge of the other, can incendiary passion build a bridge from lost memories to a shared future?
The defining moment of Samuel Touchet-Smith’s eighteenth year was an incendiary act of passion shared with long-time crush, Patric Carselowey. Then jealous exes and traumatic brain injury conspired to bury their budding love in a fog of lost memories and inadvertent betrayal. Now, Mother Nature and the deliberate meddling of Copper Creek’s twin terrors, Celeste and Delphine Touchet-Smith, have manufactured a way to begin healing their fractured hearts. Will the years apart tear down the fragile trust they built in an isolated cabin, or will their rekindled relationship stand firm in the face of life’s everyday trials?
I am reviewing Sam & Patric and Christmas in Copper Creek together because they go together. Christmas in Copper Creek is the continuation of what Sam & Patric started in Storming Love: Flood – Sam & Patric. There are aspects of these stories that I loved. There are aspects of these stories that I feel need work.
Let’s start with what I liked. I liked the characters. Sam and Patric are both snarky and hard headed. They both know what they want and go after it. Of course, those wants are in complete opposition with one another, which makes for some interesting scenes.
However, neither character was well-rounded enough for me. They both had potential complexities left either unexplored or barely mentioned. Patric has amnesia for cripes sake. You can’t get much more complex than that. However, it was almost a side-note rather than the major plot point it was intended as. We were told every once in a while that Patric was confused. He didn’t feel like a genuine amnesia patient.
Speaking of characters, let’s talk about a couple of the secondary characters for a moment. Maman and Del were both wonderfully colorful characters and could have added so much more to the stories.
I felt the editors let the author down in these stories. The timeline is a mess. I never got a clear picture of when Sam & Patric hooked up, Patric left, Patric came back, etc. It seemed like everytime something in the backstory was addressed, the timeline changed.
This mess of a timeline continued in Christmas in Copper Creek. Supposedly Christmas in Copper Creek takes place about eight months on from the events in Flood. However, despite being told otherwise, I repeatedly got the feeling that this story should have happened right after Flood. There were just some events that didn’t make sense for an eight-month-old relationship.
When Sam and Patric are together, they are good. When they are trying to explain themselves, however, things get muddled. They aren’t yet ready to ride off into the sunset, and I wouldn’t mind seeing where they go from here. I am giving these stories three stars together because I did love the characters and the potential their story has.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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