- File Size: 2865 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 11, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W0C1P1E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is very much a story of two small-town guys and what it's like living in a small town, despite the fact that it's been invaded by Hollywood. The author obviously did her research when it came to both Lucas and Gabe's specialties (sculpture and horsemanship), and their passions for their work (and each other, ahem) flow off the page.
The angst and unwillingness of the characters to properly communicate with each got to be a bit much at times. However, there were plenty of hilarious moments, compliments of the secondary characters, that more than made up for when the guys were being thick-headed and dense.
And, of course, I'm a sucker for a wedding (even if it's not between the heroes).
I definitely hope to check in with these guys to see how they're doing as the series progresses.
But in this sequel (which you can read as a stand-alone to that story or the whole series), we are thrown into their lives 12 years later--and what lives they have lived. Like most of Tenino's books, there is much alpha male aggression and guilt and angst of how ginger Gabe is going to resolve the cruel experience he left Lucas with before the latter simply fled town to go to arts college in L.A. Gabe initially comes off as a selfish piece of crap--he's got a lot to learn and get out of the way to get what he really wants and needs but does not know how to do it. There is also the introspective and totally incomprehensible (at times) wussiness that Lucas carries forth on every single page, even when he is convinced he should develop a relationship both he and Gabe have secretly longed for over their years apart, but which each one knows has to end.
The plot which brings them back together is centered around the surprise wedding of Lucas' best friend, Audrey--well, it's a shock to Lucas, who learns that she is to marry his brother, Zach. How this convolutes into a series of funny, and sometimes heart-wrenching, vignettes, is deftly handled by Tenino, who develops at least six characters fully, one of which (Seth) I would personally like to see her spin off into a sequel.
In any case, the bottom line here is that the cover art of this book absolutely, perfectly, defines the way Gabe (left) and Lucas (right) are not only described, but also how the reader comes to understand their personalities and the eventual winding down (or up, as you wish) to a totally relaxing, beautiful, romp through the forests, glens and little places no one knows, of western Washington. Beautiful.