Author: Christi Snow
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Amanda Matthews/AM Design Studios
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/23/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
His entire life, Tommy Garrett has dealt with self-doubts. He thought he’d conquered the majority of them until a chance meeting with an author brought his illiteracy to the forefront…again. Growing up with un-diagnosed dyslexia has left Tommy barely able to read, but books are his Nirvana. Now he spends his life creating art dedicated to the love of those “untouchable” items.
Robert McIntyre, Mac, is a best-selling, highly celebrated author. But his point of view has become a little bit too narrow…until Tommy opens his eyes. That chance meeting has changed everything about his world. He has no idea how to find the beautiful man he met, and offended, at the library book sale. But when he does, Tommy’s life is in crisis-mode. It’s the holidays and Mac can’t just standby when Tommy needs help, whether Tommy wants it or not.
Two artistic men. One shared passion for books.
Life is hard, and sometimes when conflict arises you have to write your own plot twist to pull yourself out of the fray.
I was really excited to read this one based on the downloaded sample. Unfortunately the rest of the book didn’t live up to the unique meet cute of the two main characters. It wasn’t a badly written novel by any means. It just wasn’t overly exciting.
The main characters are Tommy Garrett and Robert ‘Mac’ McIntyre. Tommy is a reclusive artist and Mac is a well-known author. The above mentioned meet cute takes place when the two men meet at a library sale and Tommy buys a bunch of books. Mac is thrilled that he and the attractive man share a love of books but is horrified when he learns Tommy plans to cut up the books for his art.
Mac’s disgust turns to awe sometime later when he sees the magnificent works of art Tommy creates with the books. One of Tommy’s pieces includes something made out of one of Mac’s books and it is beautiful.
Tommy and Mac get to know each other and Mac helps Tommy out when Tommy’s brother Ryder has issues. Ryder and his issues (no spoilers) are a big part of the conflict in the book but I didn’t find it all that interesting. It’s not something that hasn’t been seen in several other books in the genre.
One of the other conflicts was Tommy’s dyslexia and how it affected his life. This is one issue that isn’t addressed often in the genre, probably because there isn’t a lot of drama to be milked out of it. Snow did a decent job with it here making it both interesting and realistic.
A third conflict is a book Mac writes based on his initial meeting with Tommy. He kills off the fictional character based on Tommy and when Tommy finds out he gets upset. Upset enough to end the relationship with Mac.
It’s a fictional character and Tommy gets pissed! This made no sense to me at all. I didn’t see it as a realistic reason for the two men to stop talking.
Mac finds a way to get Tommy to listen to an audio version of the new book. During this the reader is presented to pages of this book. I cared about Tommy and Mac but not so much the book-within-a-book version of them.
This wasn’t a bad book but not one I found terribly interesting. It’s a sweet romance low on angst, however, and other readers may have a different opinion.
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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