- File Size: 616 KB
- Print Length: 298 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Finally Love Press (April 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XZX5MMJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Renaissance (Village Love Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I was super happy to see this book show up on a Signal Boost Promotions list. I really enjoyed the previous installments, Resonance, 0.5 and Resistance, 1.0, (Review here.), and I knew that I wanted to read this one immediately because I expected it to be just as good.
I was not disappointed. I think I liked this one the best so far. The story is told with the same level of writing as the first two, and the various characters that we met previously, tie directly over into this one. I would definitely tell you to read the two previous installments before reading this one, since they aren’t long. I think it is important so that you know who everyone is. I love the residents of Slopy Bottom, and I’m sure you will as well.
In this latest installment, our focus shifts over to the character Smudge who we met in the previous installment, but didn’t get to know very well. If you read my review on the author’s previous installments, you might have seen that the name Smudge brought me flashbacks of a close friend named Smudge, so I was predisposed to love it. The story revolves around Smudge and the organist at the local church, who is also the local librarian, a young man named Raleigh. I can’t tell you much, because there is a lot in the blurb on this one. What I will say, is these are two young men with a lot of baggage. Watching them work through it, made it an entertaining read. When all was revealed, it explained a lot about both of them.
The story is well written and held my attention right up to the last page. I didn’t put it down once, which is a compliment. My one and only complaint was that the two men’s story isn’t really finished at the end of this current installment. It’s a HFN, not a HEA, and now I’m stuck waiting for the next installment. Please hurry that along Ms. Francis! I see she has several ideas ahead. I’m hoping for a story that includes Bruce the big bear who loves bacon… but we’ll have to see what she brings us. I personally can’t wait to see what is next.
I highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a sweet, miscommunication, enemies to friends sort of book. It is totally outside my normal dark reads, but I’m enjoying the series. Give it a try.
Raleigh is quiet, polite and “a good boy”, although often he doesn’t come across as shy, he comes across as rude when it comes to Smudge. “I’m not lying. Jesus. Why would I lie to you? It would imply I care what you think.” Ouch. He does feel guilt about “…leaving the man high and dry every time there was a chance of the two of them being alone together in the library.” He knows all he has to do is check in Smudge’s returned books and check out new ones, but that flight response is ingrained.
Smudge is more than he lets people know. I loved that he’s a romance reading machine, all the while he’s an artist that paints the romance novel covers! His joy when he finds out, through Raleigh, that there are gay romance novels made me happy.
It is a sign of how much Smudge thinks Raleigh hates him that when Raleigh drops off a “guilt gift” of Smudge’s favorite brownie and coffee, Smudge immediately wonders if Raleigh is trying to poison him. “He toyed with the notion of sweet angelic Raleigh actually being some avenging biblical serial killer.” He knows it isn’t true, but…
I loved that we get to revisit Mal and Rick from Resistance, as they try to set Smudge up with people who just don’t work. I questioned at one point why Mal was aghast at turkey bacon being not bacon, because the man can’t have bacon!
It seemed like Smudge was always apologizing for saying or doing the wrong thing around Raleigh. He speaks before he thinks, he says. But he’s trying. There are things in Raleigh’s past that cause him to react badly sometimes but Smudge doesn’t know that. As the two of them try to work towards being civil, then maybe friends, then maybe more, there is a delicate balancing act happening until Raleigh is honest with Smudge.
I thoroughly enjoyed this installment to the Village series, especially because I so liked Smudge in the first book and I was a little worried about him getting his happy. But he does get it, after working for it some. I loved that they were able to compromise on who and what they would be, with Smudge understanding where Raleigh was coming from and Raleigh finally understanding he was good enough. Highly recommended.