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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.]

Silent Woods by Ofelia Gränd

24779481Title: Silent Woods
Author: Ofelia Gränd
Published: February 21, 2015
Pages: 60
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

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

Anders has convinced his husband David to take their two children on a camping trip in the woods.  David isn’t exactly excited about it, but it sounds like fun for the kids, so he’s happy to go along with it.  But once they get out there, things seem a bit off for reasons he can’t quite figure out.  And when their five-year-old son, Axel, disappears near the water, they find themselves facing a creature of legend much scarier than they could have imagined.

I’ve marked this in the m/m romance genre since that’s sort of where it fits, though the focus of the plot is more of a paranormal, modern fantasy story.  Anders and David’s relationship is certainly a major part of things, but what happens with Axel is sort of the crux.  The set up moves a bit slowly–though it does provide for some healthy exposition–but once it gets to the point where Axel wanders off on his own, things move quickly and there’s a good sense of urgency to most of the rest of the story.

Definitely one I would say is worth a read if the elements of the story are ones you personally enjoy.  I will say I look forward to picking up more from this author.