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Taming Teddy: Made Marian Series Book 2 Kindle Edition
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So what do you call a group of owls? Cats?
The story telling is wonderful and Jamie is an excellent teacher. . . Because I did learn through his website. *grin* Then there were the characters, not just Jamie and Teddy but all those extras. We catch up with Tristan and Blue as well as the other Marian family, and get to know Teddy's steady friend Mac. The soap opera wedding atmosphere from the first book changes into the vastness of the Alaskan wilderness. Snowshoes and all. The focus is on two men that love their jobs and what they're willing to do to continue, including what they'll give up to achieve happiness. Along the way we meet a cute hare, charming beaver kits, and a loyal Sister. But there's so much more.
I was so glad to see this story available after I finished the first. I'll be actively looking for the next. I can't remember if I picked this up on KU or went ahead and bought it. Either way, it's worth getting. - Dan's Wife
I occasionally do this and I apologize if you don't like me wrapping a whole series in one review. However, this one caught me by complete surprise to the point where I abandoned all the other books I was reading (and they are all by some of my favorite authors) and read straight through these three like a hot knife through butter.
First of all, the characters surrounding the MCs in each book are the crazy Marian family of Northern California, a free-wheeling, loving gang of six natural siblings, five boys (three gay, but one in the closet), and one girl, Simone. Then there's Aunt Tilly, one of the great hoots of all time, and attendant members of other clans and friends of each of the MCs--this gang can definitely shoot straight, but sometimes they all miss the mark.
The main theme in each book is that every single one of the MCs is terrified of commitment for good reason. In "Borrowing Blue," Blue (nee Bartholomew) Marian has just been dumped by his long-time lover Jeremy on the eve of Simone's wedding, and he is not interested in ever having another relationship. Then he meets casual a supposedly straight man named Tristan in the bar of the vineyard estate where Simone's wedding is to take place. Tristan is just coming off a bitter divorce propagated by him finding his wife entwined with...well, that would be giving away a spoiler.
Needless to say, when Jeremy walks into the bar with a boy toy (he was invited to the wedding) and Tristan offers to kiss Blue to prank Jeremy, we have the beginning of a wonderful assignation during which Tristan comes to terms with the fact that he has probably always been at least bi, and Blue comes to the conclusion that this cannot and should not last.
But it does, and along the way during the week-long lead up to the wedding, Blue's brother Jamie comes to town from Alaska where he, a dedicated environmental super star, had just been recently literally left at the altar by a guy named Brian, who turned out to be married. Jamie is off commitments and is also trying to escape the e-mail and voice-mail entreaties of a world-renowned wildlife photographer named Theodore Kodiak, which leads us into "Taming Teddy."
Teddy will bed anyone at anytime, male or female, on the condition that both realize it's likely to be a one-off, and when he finally corrals Jamie in the second book, the slightly older man becomes besotted. To say nothing of how Jamie feels. This book has far more angst than the previous one, but the resolutions are quite remarkable. During a wild New Year's weekend in Hawaii where the whole family has escaped for another wedding, Jamie notices his country-music superstar brother Jude in a hallway being ravaged by his tall, hot, ex-Marine bodyguard Derek--which shocks him because Jude is supposed to be straight (we know he's not because Blue tells us this secret in the first book).
That brings us to "Jumping Jude," which presents us with the Jude-Derek situation, in which both are deeply closeted but in the end it's Derek who cannot force himself to come out. This leads to a major rift that lasts longer than it should because Derek--like Teddy and Blue before him--simply has his head up his ass about relationships.
Each of the books has basically the same plot, but each of the MCs stand out as brilliantly constructed individuals. The covers are absolutely spot-on--you can see the family resemblance in Blue, Jamie and Jude. The sex is explosive and there are a great many sex scenes, each of which stands alone as a lead-up to the next encounter.
In the end, what is implied in the author's note is that she is not done. See, the Marians became very involved in the LGBTQ community when Blue and Jamie came out, and they adopted three young gay men who are now in college--and I think Ms. Lennox has some more Marians to be made. That would be wonderful, because this is one clan I can say lives up to family values.
Maybe it was because I didn't feel onnection with the characters. I liked Jamie but I didn't really care a lot for Teddy. He wasn't a bad guy, but he didn't leave a big impression on me either. Maybe it was because I missed all the other crazy characters from the previous book. They were funny and they made me laugh. That's something that I missed in this story, it didn't make me laugh...
Now don't get me wrong, I didn't think it was bad and I still enjoyed reading it. It just didn't meet my expectations.
I also got annoyed with the writing a bit. I found it very irritating that they kept saying each others name, while talking to one another. Whenever I'm in a conversation with someone and we are the only two people there,....why would I keep repeating that persons name ??
So, this book is about Teddy, Wild Life photographer and Jamie, Animal Whisperer. Teddy needs a special kind of photograph to win an award he is after and a picture of Jamie interacting with wild life, would be perfect.
Jamie has been blowing him off for some time now and being sick of waiting, Teddy jumps on a plane to Alaska to confront the man in person.
These guys don't start of on the right foot, but they do jump each others bones pretty fast. After that, there is a lot of internal denial of feelings, because both men have relationship anxiety. It takes them some time to come to terms with the fact that they are in love, but all ends well..
Just like in the first book, the steam was very nicely done.
Like I said, I missed the humor, and I didn't really connect with the MC's, but that won't stop me from reading Jude's story. I'm very curious about his story....