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- Print Length: 267 pages
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- Publication Date: March 27, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XK16Z2N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Autumn: A Crow City Side Story Kindle Edition
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Sometimes the supporting characters in a story are just too much. They're so well-written that the reader wants more. More of those guys in the back, if you please. If you've read the Crow City series you'll know the ache I'm speaking of. Wally and Joseph needed their moment in the sun and Cole McCade did not disappoint.
I'm pleased as punch if you've read the Crow City series because the emotional entanglement will just run deeper for you with Autumn. But! If this is your first stop in Crow City, don't let that hinder you. This is still a story that will seep into your soul and take root.
"Being around you is like drowning in clouds."
One of my favorite things about this author's writing is his imagery. He paints a picture with his words every time and I live within the pages. They come to life and surround you in the harsh realities, subtle details, and squishy feelings of Crow City. Being immersed in Autumn was the best yet. The wonder and purity of Joseph's and Wally's relationship will squeeze your heart just so.
"Have you ever loved someone who's all wrong for you?"
"More times than I can count, darling."
Two men with different struggles harboring regrets and secrets... when their different paths emerge into one it could easily lead to heartbreak and suffering. Following along with their ebb and flow is the most pleasure I've had reading in some time. They have stolen a piece of my heart that I never want back. Their unique personalities, witty banter, and sharp edges add to an already brilliant plot.
"Some people are quiet in their pain, yet it is no less real."
Autumn may be a side story for this series, but it's spotlight quality. Let Wally and Joseph pull you through with laughter, maybe some tears, and the best feelings a love story can give you. My words could never do this story justice.
That’s not to say there wasn’t any angst. This is after all, a Crow City novel.
The book was originally meant to be a novella, and I had my reservations when I learned that it had expanded into a full-length novel – partly because the novellas in this series are worth their weight in gold but also because I like sweet endings, even if they’re only HFNs. As I was reading, I could even imagine the spot that would’ve made a tidy stopping point if it had kept its original format. I admit I was nearly afraid to carry on reading, but I’m so glad I did. Wally and Joseph deserve all the joy and so much more, but nothing comes easy when you have a recent loss and 20-odd years of animosity to overcome. Without getting into the nitty gritty, let’s just say that I’m so happy the author followed his instincts and granted them a much-deserved HEA.
I confess I was a complete goner for Wally’s old-world charm and quiet grace right from the start – well, from The Saved, if I’m being honest. Thankfully the refined ringmaster turned shopkeeper was more debonair chic than circus flair, and if the author’s goal was to make me fall madly in love every time he described Wally, then job well done. I also loved the way he spoke and his old-timey exclamations, but not gonna lie, it was odd. Which is why I laughed out loud when Joseph called Wally out on it.
“Oh,” he gasped, digging his fingers into Joseph’s hair. “Oh, dear.”
Joseph stilled. That tormenting mouth left Wally’s flesh, leaving his nipples tingling and peaking as cool air tickled at the dampness of his skin. Joseph pulled up on both arms, looking down at Wally flatly, the corners of his mouth twitching.
“Really? Really,” he panted roughly, half-growling. “I’m doing everything I can to curl your toes and all you can say is “oh dear.”
It took a bit longer for me to warm up to Joseph. Just going by memory, I did not expect him to be so in tune with his feelings and neither did I expect him to embrace his bisexuality so easily. And I certainly did not imagine his first words to Wally to be so introspective and vulnerable. And yes, I realize it’s odd that I had a hard time wrapping my head around a 47-year-old curmudgeon in touch with his feelings but had absolutely no problem with a former circus ringmaster with whimsical airs. Obviously, I did not give Joseph enough credit. I admired his determination to pick up the pieces of his life and I thought his day-to-day challenges with MS were well-portrayed. But most of all, I couldn’t help but love him a little bit more every time he teased Wally and lovingly called him “weirdo.”
“I suppose I should tell you now that I’m really a Russian spy, and the circus was but a cover to escape being killed by my rivals.”
Joseph groaned. “Wally?”
“Yes, darling dear?”
“Shut up, you weirdo.”
Autumn is marketed as a standalone, and while it is an alluring gateway book, I personally feel it would be a shame to read it by itself. For the uninitiated looking to dip their toes, I would recommend reading this along with companion novella The Saved. If you’re already familiar with Crow City, well then Autumn is an absolute must-read. It felt like a deep, calming breath and a much-needed reprieve before we’re plunged back into the dark but beautiful world that is Crow City.
Joseph..I am sorry to say I never would have thought of giving him this big starring role..certainly not for his disability, maybe I just overlooked him, behind a Willow that had center stage..but i would certainly not make the mistake twice..I saw all of him in technicolour and.
These two together broke me and melt my heart at the same time..the past and the present at odds, but they find a way, they learned along the way and they fought for a better tomorrow, together they are ready to face the future.
I felt this story in my bones..God, did I ever..and as always, the author's words are tru beauty.