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Where the Grass is Greener by Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney

Where the Grass is Greener

Book Info

Title: Where the Grass is Greener (Seeds of Tyrone, Book 2)
Author: Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney
Published: September 28, 2015
Pages: 310
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

Seamus Williams has returned to Ireland after spending several years in the States, leaving his brother, Patrick, behind. But Patrick has Aiden, and he’s an adult, so he can fend for himself. Reconnecting with his homeland is just what Seamus needs–well, that and to get away from the one thing (read: person) who scares him more than anything else. And Seamus isn’t afraid of much. Not even an ocean can keep him safe, though, as he gets a phone call from a U.S. number he doesn’t recognize and answers it. It seems not saying goodbye to Chancey “Chance” Clearwater didn’t mean he wouldn’t find a way to track Seamus down, forcing Seamus to confront the feelings he thought he left back in Kansas. But it turns out Seamus might be eliciting some of the same feelings and fears in Chance, leaving both men to sort out what they want and how to get it despite living thousands of miles apart.

I’m sometimes a bit skeptical of stories where the relationship started and has already faced complications before the book starts. Too often authors use that as a device without having to actually deal with the issues that led to those complications in the first place. Or readers are left without understanding what brought the couple together in the first place, making it difficult to understand why they remain together and work past the problem. But neither of those cases are true here. Even though the relationship started and much happened before the first page of text, that doesn’t mean we miss out at all on knowing Seamus and Chance both individually and together. And by no means are the complications over before the book starts, either. There is a slow but steady plot progression that meanders and builds toward a conclusion that seems real and right. In short, this is a heartwarming and enjoyable story, even if there are moments where one might want to reach through the page and give both men a hearty shake.

Definitely recommended for fans of m/m romance. Although this is the second book in a series, it’s not necessary to read the first book before reading this one. I haven’t read the first book and I had no problems following or understanding this one.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.]

Somebody Nice! by Raine O’Tierney

22396453Title: Somebody Nice!
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Published: June 3, 2014
Pages: 70
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Review:

I don’t know that I can provide a better summary than the blurb/prompt here:

NewYorkDating.com Profile
Name: Danny
Age: 35
Location: New York City
Sexuality: Male seeking Male
Looking for: a nice person! Who loves dogs! And children!
About Me

This is Danny, he is a very nice person and he is very funny, but I think he is lonely. He helped me when my mom wanted to sell me to a reality show and now I live with him and I wanted to do something back for him so I want to find someone for him, because he has only me and Bunny, that’s his dog, who is really big. And I’m 7 years old and Danny is 35, which is really old, but that doesn’t matter he looks younger. Miss Portwood, my teacher said I need to say what Danny likes to do and he likes to walk with Bunny and work out and play football with me and Bunny and he works also, I think he is a police officer or something, he has a really cool car! And he has a ring in his nipple, which I think is really ouch, but he says people like it. I don’t understand why but Danny says I need to be older but I’m already 7.

Hugs, Melissa

Do you know how ridiculously cute and wonderful this story is?  Well, you probably don’t if you haven’t read it, but if that’s the case you should totally remedy that as soon as you can.  It made me laugh and smile and I think there were probably a few ‘awwww’s in there, too.  It’s a bit unconventional, to say the least, but it’s a good read with an engaging story and compelling characters.  Pick it up.