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- File Size : 8933 KB
- Print Length : 340 pages
- ASIN : B01N7O42A1
- Publication Date : January 1, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #341,360 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After reading Sugar Season I immediately purchased Billion Dollar Bet and Beneath Orion. I also purchased Sugar Season as soon as it was available on Amazon to see what changes were made from the ARC edition.
The characters and story lines are well developed. We immediately fall in love with Ryan , a chef, and Graham, a police officer. Ryan has moved back home after being swindled of money he had planned to use to open his own restaurant. Not only does he have to deal with the loss of his dream and his feelings of failure, but also his homophobic mother. Graham must make his yearly visit to the parents of his deceased husband , Joey , to celebrate Joey's birthday.
Before he arrives at their home he stops at a bar and has a brief encounter with Ryan. Only, Graham doesn't know Ryan is the brother of his dead husband.
We watch as Ryan and Graham struggle to come together. Graham feels that loving again is a betrayal to his deceased husband. Ryan begins to wonder if Graham will ever realize falling in love again isn't a betrayal or if he should give up and move on.
This is a great read for anyone that enjoys a sweet m/m romance.
Five years prior to the start of the story, Graham Andersen’s husband, Joey, was killed while serving in the military. Now at thirty-ish, Graham hasn’t so much as thought of dating again. But on his annual trip to visit his in-laws for his husband’s birthday, he takes up an offer from an attractive man he meets at a bar. The problem is that unbeknownst to either of them, the man is Joey’s younger brother, Ryan Gallagher.
As I suggested earlier, Graham’s internal struggle is straightforward and predictable: he feels guilty at the thought of tarnishing the memory of what he had with Joey by being with anyone else. Ryan’s reaction is also easy to guess, but on top of that, he has always been the younger sibling who could never live up to the unreachable standard set by his older brother. Because of this, Ryan misinterprets Graham’s apprehension, which makes him hot-and-cold toward building anything with Ryan for most of the book, as coming from yet another person who makes Ryan feel he’s not as good as Joey.
I felt sorry for both of the characters and wanted things to work out between them, and that goes a long way toward my positive impression of Sugar Season as a whole, because there are so many ways this story line could have become a constant eye-roll. Instead, this is a smooth and relatively comfortable read that is not at all overdramatized. The only thing that was maybe a little on the cheesy side came from the background plot related to Graham being a police officer. No biggie though.
Oh, and as a special bonus for me in particular, the “podunk” little town in northern Minnesota that houses the opening scene of the novel (Bemidji) happens to the town I was born and raised in before moving away at 24. In case you’re wondering, there is no place called The Tap Room there. But even so, it was a fun little side bonus for me. :-)
After reading Sugar Season, I look forward to reading more of this author’s works, and even though it’s at its regular price now, this was certainly a good enough read to make it worth a few dollars.
The introduction of the main and secondary characters start off with drama. Going to your former in laws to have dinner and to commemorate the birthday of your veteran husband Joey who died in the line of duty is beyond awkward. After several years it does not get any easier, with the silent father and nervously chattering mother. But guilt and obligation makes Graham go every year, even though the mother disapproved of their same sex relationship when her son was alive. But this year is different. Very different.
Ryan has had a difficult relationship with his parents, particularly his mother and not a close relationship with his perfect older brother when he was alive. This caused him to move to New York City to pursue his dreams. A money scam forced him to move back to the last place he wanted to be. And the tension was palpable. Seeing his brother in law for the first time in several years is a shock so great he has no intention of going with them the next day to the gravesite.
Graham tries his darndest to deny the attraction he feels for his younger brother in law. He still refers to Joey as his husband. He still wears his wedding ring. He is guilt ridden and feels like he's betraying his husband by having these feelings. His friends feel he should get his life started again, but they have no idea how torn up he feels inside. Speaking of Graham's friends, they are two sets of couples who have their own stories (BENEATH ORION ©11/29/16 and BILLION DOLLAR BET ©09/13/16).
Ryan has been attracted to Graham for a long-time, but as his brother's boyfriend/husband, he was completely off limits. Out of sight...out of mind. Until they meet again several years later. Ryan uses a offhand remark to escape his parents' home. He uses his talents to finagle a job in of all places Graham's home town.
Temptation is just too close. For both Ryan and Graham. Even though they succumb to the very strong mutual attraction, that is far from the end of the story. There are so many underlying issues that make Graham keep pushing Ryan away, towards others, back to New York City. And Ryan lets his temper, stubbornness, as well as his recklessness dictate his choices. The clash of personalities leads to burning passion and humiliating heartbreak.
Decisions made in haste lead to regret. Frank conversations long overdue lead to reconciliation. There is growing up and maturation taking place. Realizations that living in the past is not a life worth living. Toys, rings and other symbols have more than one meaning. Discovering their true meaning comes almost too late.
After I post this review I am going to bed, but before I go to sleep I plan to read that Epilogue and maybe start one of Spencer Spears other two books that also take place in the small town of Maple Springs.
January 6, 2017: I read the Epilogue ("Whisper Yes") and it was as rewarding as anticipated.
Also I just finished reading the Maple Springs#2 novel, BENEATH ORION & it's Epilogue ("Wintermaker").
Top reviews from other countries
Ok, rants apart, this was a well written, nice book to read.
Negative: really inane and immature dialogue used to pad the book. I found it pretty annoying that one of the characters thinks he's a "weirdo" just because he has tattoos and piercings (mentioned more than once).