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- Print Length: 632 pages
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- Publisher: LMW Books (July 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YQNI0RC
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really liked all of the characters; they were portrayed very real-to-life. No one was over the top and most were extremely endearing. The children were portrayed especially well but I have to say my favorite was Angus, Aidan's dad. He's now my #2 favorite fictional dad, right after Donal Morgan from the Sinners series.
The mystery went on a bit too long and at the end there it was verging on melodrama but it didn't quite tip over that edge. Oh, and if you like a solid resolution to your mystery, look elsewhere. They alluded to who the villain was but nothing was ever resolved.
So, it wasn't bad but I think I would've enjoyed this a lot more if it was a bit shorter. I'll still read more from this author.
In Return to Cooter Crossing we have a whole host of characters from Mr. del Mar’s other books and stories about Bennett Bay, a made up town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, as well as the villages of Cooter Crossing, Blackwater and tiny little Live Oak. I really enjoyed how he wrapped in the characters from across the board on his other works and tied them all together into a cohesive package which made you realize how they all tie together in Big Cypress County.
The book starts out with that elusive Aidan Quinn that we’ve heard about in Mr. del Mar’s previous books. Aidan is the one that got away, leaving broken hearts behind him. He has been gone ten years finishing up his education and finally earning his doctorate in Ireland. But the day he earns it, he finds his partner of ten years in bed with a young twink, and his suitcase packed, along with a plane ticket back to Florida. It turns out his mentor/lover has traded him in for a newer model.
Back in Florida, Aidan must figure out how to deal with not only the dramatic end of what he thought was his “forever” relationship, but also with his two ex’s, Innes and Clark. We have a lot of drama, some murders, some cover-ups and a LOT of family issues woven into the book, and it all works really well together.
Mr. del Mar does a wonderful job of world building. As I’ve said with other Bennett Bay and Live Oak Tales, I really do believe that Big Cypress County, Bennett Bay, Cooter Crossing and Live Oak all exist, just a couple hours north of me! I so want the magic and mystery of that area to be true.
He also does a fantastic job on character development. I loved how Sheriff’s Deputy JJ from previous stories finally becomes a MC and gets his own story. He needed it. I also enjoyed getting to know the whole Quinn family, including Aidan’s nephew Sean, and from the end of the book, I can tell Sean is going to get more of his story in the next installment.
This book could be read as a standalone. It does not require the background from the previous stories, and books, but I’d recommend reading them as well so you understand when I say that it is fantastic how everything is tying together into one big cohesive story. I’d still like to hear more about that haunted house though, since The Demise of Bobby & Clyde is one of my favorite back stories in this series. I believe most, if not all of Mr. del Mar’s books are on Kindle Unlimited, so that is an easy way to get caught up!
I highly recommend this book, as well as all the author’s Bennett Bay and Live Oak Tales! Hit one click today, you won’t be disappointed. There isn’t a lot of graphic sex in any of his works. They are mainly character, relationship, and storyline driven. I love them.
HOLY MOLY! This was a monster of a book. 600 pages was very daunting when I started it. I typically read very quickly and (obviously) this one took me a while. When I really thought about it, though, it was perfect. Normally I read a book fast and then I want more. This book let me savor every minute. I found I slowed down to enjoy it more, and enjoy it I did!
Aidan finally completes his PhD in anthropology and comes home to find his lover of 10 years in bed with another man and all of his bags packed. Aidan is devastated and struggles with what his future will hold. He heads home to where he grew up and hasn't been back since leaving for college years ago.
At first Aidan seems like a bed hopping jerk, but he has only really been in 2 relationships and only one of them resembled a typical relationship. He is now single for the first time ever in a sense and he is lost. We learn about what makes Aidan tick and why he made some of the choices he made (like why he jumped right into bed with Clark when he saw him-at first I was annoyed but as the story progressed it made so much sense).
JJ, a cop, is Aidan's sister's best friend who has had a crush on Aidan since he was a kid. He is completely infatuated with Aidan and Aidan is clueless and just in a state of not taking relationships seriously. JJ asks Aidan on a date that Aidan doesn't realize is a date. It ends up a little awkward as Aidan invites someone else to go, but luckily he realizes quick enough to cancel the other person showing up.
Spending time together, Aidan and JJ fall for each other. I remember thinking "when did that happen?" but I think that was some of the beauty of it. It wasn't quick. It wasn't perfect. It wasn't glamorous. It was just all of a sudden realizing that things are GOOD and that the other person makes you happy and it sucks when they aren't there.
There was mystery and shootings and drama in the story beyond the romance which helped solidify the story. This book had it all: hot sex, love, family, forgiveness, dealing with past trauma, gun shots, children, betrayal, and ultimately growing up. It was beautiful and I was so glad that I was able to savor this book. It needed all 600 pages and I was so glad to have read this. I absolutely loved it.