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Martin, our very human and emotional MC...I felt bad for him but at the same time he annoyed me with his hot and cold attitude with poor Ian. 600+ pages and I didn't start seeing progress til 70 percent into the book. Yeah, a long wait. Honestly, even though I gave this 4 stars, I don't think Martin deserved Ian. But I want both to be happy.
Ian, snarky, sarcastic and lovable. I wish Martin was a stronger person. Sure he started to come out his shell but that was towards the end. Very end. I wanted to read more of him blossoming. All his negativity made me feel a bit negative towards him and I don't wanna feel that way. I read his weakest moments for 600 long pages and now I wanna read his greatest after he and Ian got together.
I just wanna see him grow into a stronger person.
Anywho, can't wait for the next one. Is Albert next? I had to smile and have "A-ha!" Moments whenever the author references previous characters like Ray in book 1 and the imp and his representative in the collections book.
Nice job in putting such human emotions in a supernatural book R cooper. Very powerful.
His Mossy Boy is another lengthy book following the loves and challenges of citizens in Everlasting. Martin, a barista, has troubles with his family that make him vulnerable and seriously anxious. He is teetering on the edge of acknowledging (to himself) his attraction to men, his long term crush has found true love elsewhere and he repeatedly embarrasses himself in front of a local deputy. Ian Forrester (said deputy) is a sarcastic jerk, but has secrets to keep and rules he shouldn't break....and he is so tempted to break all the rules for Martin.
This is another charming installment in Cooper's Beings in Love books. Magical beings (fairies, dragons, elves, werewolves, etc.) and humans finding heartfelt love is the main thread across these books. With Treasure for Treasure and His Mossy Boy, the stories are set against a backdrop of a small town (with all its small mindedness and narrow points of view) in a beautiful natural setting, by the sea near redwood forests. Cooper plays on themes of prejudice, racism and sexism, sometimes using the attitudes towards Beings to highlight, as the Beings tend to have fluid or varied gender roles and sexual orientation (dragons, fairies, elves, werewolves, etc.). Above it all, His Mossy Boy is awkward wooing, longing for love, loneliness and triumphant good feels.
Well edited, professionally written, smooth dialogue. Chapters switch point of views between the two MCs. A manageable amount of interesting and likable secondary characters enrich the story. Some considerable time is also spent with Joe and his dragon from Treasure for Treasure, and municipal events impact Everlasting's magical status.
Things I consider re mm books
Sexy scale 1-5: 4
This is a long slow burn book, and wends its way through several explicit mm scenes (some thru sexting, some in person).
Angst scale 1-5:3
Martin is an anxious guy, and really winds himself up (or grinds himself down) on several occasions. Uncertainty and fear over sexual orientation. Unpleasant family scene or two, and rather endless rain. Heavy alcohol use, marijuana use in apparent self medication of anxiety.
I really like Martin, awkward sweet goof that he is. He is a great character, and R. Cooper makes him much more than a bland love interest, with his hobbies, and friendships and clumsiness. Ian turns out to be great, too,which we know because we see things from his point of view. He really hides himself from the other characters. Together, they clicked for me. Ian's appreciation of Martin is warm and sincere.
Humor scale 1-5:3
Clever snark, some prat falls, sarcasm as a main way of communication. Chuckles and smiles, but not necessarily laughing out loud.
Like the sound of the Beings in Love books?
I do recommend the whole series, particularly Treasure for Treasure and the shorter stories
A Boy and his Dragon and
A Flower for Tulip
I also recommend (for mm love with alternative beings)
T. J. Klune's Wolfsong.
Amy Lane's Truth in the Dark
By R Cooper
This (as always for me) my go to read when my spirit needs food.
As an author am I jealous…. oh yes. R never disappoints and her strength is in characterization. In this read the characters are a complex brew of small town characters. But the tales centers on the heart of an undefined forests Being Ian Forrester a Deputy.
Treasure for Treasure is the intro to this delightful fable that kept me reading well into the wee hours. Like a soap, I couldn’t drag my eyes away from the hardships of the lost one Martin.
As in most of the Beings series that I’ve eagerly digested, the main characters always have the submerged personality, “call to duty identity”. Strong silent and suddenly not so silent types that always turn out to be complicated, loving big guys looking for their turn to love and be loved. In this installment it’s the Being Ian Forrester.
I guess what I liked most about Ian is that his supernatural nature is amorphous yet is the supreme caregiver. The author manages to successfully create a male that is both natural, nurturing, in your face rude, loving, caregiver and big…nice. He is my kind of wife.
There’s magic in the mixture of the Were mating theme blended with the notion that all beings have that wonderful person meant only for them. In this case, Ian believes his tree has brought him what he needs and wants most… Martin Dyer
Dedicated fans of R Cooper perhaps already enjoy the infusion of her other characterization into her Beings series of works. I love it when beloved characters pop up in new storylines. In Treasure for Treasure it’s Marie Greenleaf, famous M/M romance author of the strong ancient Were wolf family name Greenleaf. In this offering it’s Albert Greenleaf, the youngster hailing from the town called Wolf’s Paw.
His presence is established but not the connection as to why Marie arrived in Everlasting before him. A new work? Or have I missed one.
Martin Dyer and Ian Forrester are characters from the previous work from R Cooper Treasure for Treasure.
Martin is a coming of age guy struggling with his sexuality and a truly unkind and cruel unbalanced mother. The emotional abuse at home has taken its toll on Martin. Coming at a time of beginnings in his sexual and adult life. The fear that haunts is being doomed to eternal failings and never being worthy of love. The beautiful porcelain faced redhead wants love but finds that men may hold the key to achieving it. But where do you go in a small town called Everlasting populated by homophobes.
Life becomes interesting when he notices the constant familiar town deputy has become his constant savior. Ian Forrester is gorgeous. Although, unbeknownst to Martin, Ian (a forest Being) fell in love with Martin long ago in a chance meeting curled up under a beloved tree.
Will Martin flee his abusive parent and allow the love he deserves? Will Ian wait for Martin to embrace what he wants most…. love.
Ian Forrester, is Ray Brannigan, Nate Neri to name a few of the personalities in R Cooper’s other works sharing common traits. Ian is strong, loving, caregiving and completely male. They are meant for the Alpha lovers in all of us.
Ian Martin, is a young male struggling to find love in what he thinks is all the wrong places. Thing is those wrong places turns out to become his salvation and the end of his search.
Critique: A good read and a very strong storyline and characterization. It’s a wonderful story of requited love. A well-crafted story of self-discovery and love found… for keeps.
M/M romance, LGBTQ, young romance
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These two~~!!! I have so many feelings for this pairing.Read more
I liked this one, it was a very long book and occasionally was a little bit of a hard slog, but Martin and Ian worked their magic and I enjoyed their story.Read more