Author: Megan Slayer
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Kalen O’Donnell
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/19/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Bobby Gagnon came back to town in the hopes of starting over. He’s got his kids and his accounting business, but he wants more. One look at the hot guy sharing the running trail with him is enough to stoke Bobby’s fire. He wants to hook up with the sexy runner, but he doesn’t even know the guy’s name. Will the man even want to be with a single father?
Remy Bard never considered himself a kid person or parent material. He’s happy with his job at the Cedarwood Tribune, but it’s not enough. Something’s always been missing in his life. He keeps seeing the same guy at the park—tall, dark, handsome and hot as hell in those running shorts. Although he’s shy, Remy isn’t about to let this guy get away without at least one night together.
These opposites certainly attract, but will their differences be enough to keep them apart or will they find a way to come together in Cedarwood?
I enjoyed revisiting the men of Cedarwood. The author has created a likeable group of men who are battling a believable set of issues. In this installment, we got to see updates on the previous 3 relationships and were introduced to two very flawed men as they tried to make their new relationship work.
I liked Bobby and Remy and connected with them both as individuals, though I connected with Remy much more. The author set both men up with some emotional baggage that they had to learn to overcome as the story progressed. Each man was flawed and acted as such. I liked that. I liked seeing the characters mess up and fumble. It helped counteract some of the instant love that is prevalent in this series.
I loved the way the author portrayed Remy and his body issues. Any fat person or former fat person knows that just because you lose weight does not mean you stop being a fat person on the inside. It colors your whole life and I felt like the author NAILED it in the way she presented Remy’ struggles.
I do have to say, that sometimes the emotional baggage felt forced and showed up at random times just so the story was not “too” perfect. Like the exes showing up and the trust issues rearing their heads suddenly and without warning. And each instance of “angst” was resolved perfectly and almost just as suddenly as the angst appeared in the first place. It made the story feel very choppy and disjointed and often had me wondering why these bouts of doubting were even there at all. I personally would have enjoyed this story even if there was no relationship angst at all. Remy’s body issues were more than enough to keep me feeling like this was a well rounded storyline.
I also felt like the author spent too much time using dialogue to tell me about thing rather than show me things. I understood the instant lust, and even expected the instant love, but the author kept telling me what the characters were feeling in these huge info dump conversations. It just added to the overall disjointed and forced feel of this story. I liked Remy and Bobby together, though there were times Bobby pushed my button on the way he controlled things and the hard way he spoke to Remy sometimes. But I felt like there needed to me more time spent developing the love, especially since the author seemed determined to have angst where it wasn’t really needed, i.e Remy’s ex.
Finally, I’d like to say how glad I am that the Coalition ARC moved forward significantly. This needed more meat or it needed to go away. I am glad the author finally gave it substance as it was VERY pertinent to today’s world. Hate and hate crimes are nothing to ignore and this book touched on them in a respectful way and offered up viable suggestions for handling them in a small community. I hope to see more progress as this series continues and I hope to see more from Cedarwood soon.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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