My rating: 4 of 5 stars
eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-005-5
eBook release: Mar 18 2013
eBook formats: pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count: 41,100 Page count: 157
4 Enjoyable Stars
”Strong is having the faith to run after a guy you’ve fallen for and taking the risk of looking like an idiot…”
There’s a lot to be found in this story; humor, sarcasm, frustration, romance, tenderness, erotica….It hit all my buttons. Malcolm’s snarky humor completely captured me in the beginning and Owen’s tender loving calm balanced the relationship. Oh yeah, and the icy-hot sex scene is NOT TO BE MISSED.
”I don’t have any kinks,” Owen lied. And squirmed, too.
Well-dressed Brits is technically a kink,” Malcolm asserted with roughly two-tons of smugness in his compact frame.
A magical weekend, a breathless declaration, a happy ever after . . . Right?
When Malcolm Kavanagh took his first step toward emotional maturity by declaring his love to Owen Watson, that was just the first chapter in their story. Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that happy endings take a lot more work than that.
One problem: Malcolm has never been in love. He doesn’t know the rules of a relationship and isn’t confident enough to trust that his is real. He learns the ropes by sharing his life and his flat with Owen, but relationship boot camp proves a challenge. Everything is a struggle, from accepting Owen’s low-status job to putting his boyfriend above his personal trainer.
Luckily, Owen knows a little more about relationships, and labors patiently to survive the first six weeks of their life together. From the art galleries of Cambridge to the tawdry majesty of the Dominion theatre, Owen adapts to England while Malcolm adapts to the whole human race. Maybe, if Owen is patient enough and Malcolm learns to give, the two of them can make it past Relationship Armageddon to a real happy ending.
This title is #2 of the Country Mouse series.
Malcolm Kavanagh - His cynical humor and delightful emotional immaturity had me wrapped around his little finger…just like Owen. It’s hard to deny a guy who needs you SO much, even if he’s an “overbearing wanker.”
Malcolm didn’t like to admit he needed, but he did, and when he gave in and needed Owen, Owen was all about giving this man what he could.
Owen Watson - Good-natured, easygoing and mature beyond his years Owen has a rather magnanimous patience for Mal’s moody tantrums. He’s an anchor in this story and heck, he makes an American girl proud.
I also enjoyed the portrayal of both the moms in the story. Level headed, wise and loving. Nice.
”When you get to that point where you notice a person’s faults, you’ve got to decide if you can live with them or can’t live without them.”
There’s also a cross-over appearance by Percy who is also found in the Market Garden serial. Plus a peek inside the Market Garden itself.
I really enjoyed Country Mouse, book #1 in this series, and totally enjoyed the continuing development of the whirlwind romance in book #2. Mal and Owen know they have a lot to learn about each other, but they also know they have something worthy of the effort. It might be too fast and easy for some, but I was just so caught up in the passionate romance to really notice.
Malcolm is really lucky to have found Owen; possibly the only one who would put up with his domineering personality. Luckily, Owen has some pretty powerful traits of his own. Owen’s gentle nature and calm patience bowl Malcolm over…he really never sees his own control being gently coaxed to surrender.
The relationship elements are as good as the sexy bits, and the sexy bits are good, really, really good.
Witty humor and quick paced, Lane and Voinov work extraordinarily well together. The grouchy plays so well off the sweet that you can imagine they had a great time co-writing with each other. There was a moment at 84% where I actually shouted out a “hurray!” A decidedly great choice by the authors, and much appreciated.
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I would like to sincerely thank Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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