Raine O'Tierney, a passionate believer in what she calls The Sweetness, writes positive stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and.friskiness? When she's not writing, Raine can be found fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job.Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. She changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Raine lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author and sometimes writing partner, Siôn O'Tierney.Contact her if you're interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about what kinds dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
Book Name: Bowl Full of Cherries
Author Name: Raine O’Tierney
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Holiday
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
Even through the snow, Rell didn’t feel the cold. His face burned with the excitement of escaping the Livery and absconding with his brother’s best friend. He clasped Crowley’s hand, pulling him through the street. They ran and skidded and laughed, moving farther and farther away from the club.
“It’s beautiful tonight,” Crowley breathed and Rell squeezed tighter. “Doesn’t it weird you out though?”
Rell knew what Crowley was asking—didn’t even pretend that he didn’t. Stopping, he tugged lightly so Crowley came stumbling up beside him. He twined his arms around Crowley’s waist and held him for a moment, right there in the middle of the sidewalk.
“Does it weird you out? I’m your best friend’s brother.”
“Not weirded out at all.” Crowley shook his head. His dark eyes shimmered with concern. “But for you… I mean, it was loud in there and hot and fun and there was alcohol and… sometimes… things just happen and—”
“Yeah, things happen,” Rell agreed. “Except I’ve been to a lot of stupid hipster clubs with a lot of Tyler’s friends and….” He leaned forward and kissed Crowley again, letting the experience linger, melting the chill between them. He tasted like nogtini. “And nothing like that has ever happened.”
“But… do you even like guys?”
“Owl. You’re a guy. I like you.”
“But have you been with a guy?”
“Why are you over-thinking this?” Rell asked, gently cupping the side of Crowley’s face.
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Nothing is worse than getting rejected during the Christmas holidays. Especially a rejection that cuts deep and meant to hurt. This is what happens to Crowly, or Owl. He never imagined he would get such bad news just as he was on his way home and wanting to be close to his family. Of course his best friend comes to the rescue. Told quite bluntly he was going home with him for the holidays, Crowly had really no other choice. Where else was he to go? What else was he to do? Why not get some bit of love, even when it comes from a family he had never met before.
Rell is home again. He is in to squat once more. Intelligent, good looking, his future ahead of him, Rell throws all his chances to the wind. He is what I would consider a 'promising young man.' Lots of promising, no follow through. He is a dreamer, but he never wakes up long enough to do something. When tasked by his mother to pick up his twin brother's roommate, he did not like it. Meeting Crowly, now that was a huge surprise. He really liked the guy.
This is a story of how two different young men, of different backgrounds and physical attributes, get to know each other, like each other and finally fall in love. Yes, this all happens during the Christmas holidays and it may not last. Truth is, their relationship is best qualified as rushed. What future will they have together or not together is a question A Bowl of Cherries tries to answer.
This is pure romance but I found it disturbing. Not because of Owl's self-perception. I was more disturbed with how their future will play out. Their whole story focused on Owl's problem with his physical size, but this was handled so well, it was quite surprising really. Handled gently and frankly, his problem did not come out a problem at all. Well, at least for me. My problem is Rell. I don't know... I just hope this time he does follow through. That his previous attempts to take off does result to his launching and I just hope his endeavors pay. Now, I am not that disappointed for I know in the future there is a sequel, this time dealing with Rell's twin.
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