Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Tell the Bees I’m Sorry
Author: Felicitas Ivey
Series: 2014 Daily Dose – Mended
Heroes: Marcus & Raph
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 70 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Physics Grad Student Marcus Fitzhughes agrees to leave New York City with his roommate, Andy, to visit Andy’s uncles in Vermont. Marcus wants to escape the city and his ex-boyfriend, Dan, who hasn’t taken their break up very well.
In Vermont, Marcus meets Andy’s Uncle Raph, a scarred, handsome man with a mysterious past, who settled there to tend bees and make mead. Marcus feels an unexpected attraction to Raph, an interest and lust which he had thought he’d never he feel again after Dan. Raph seems to have the same feelings about him. But both of them need to find the courage to take a chance on the happiness they deserve.
A month after Marcus breaks up with his psychotic ex, Marcus agrees to leave NYC to visit his friend, Andy’s, uncles in Vermont. What he finds is not only a safe place but also a man he thinks he might be able to let in. Raph is much different than Marcus’ ex and through some manual labor and a not so subtle push from Andy and his uncles, the two realize that their feelings are mutual. Unfortunately, there’s much more to them than meets the eye and when it comes down to it, can either of them open up enough to let the other in?
This is an interesting story in that both characters, while dealing with some emotional issues, are still relatively ‘okay’ with what is going on… sorta. Where Marcus is naive and almost innocent, Raph is confident and gentle. Together they make a great couple because where Marcus needs coaxing, Raph is there to help. At the same time, Marcus is there for Raph when it comes to accepting Raph’s physically scarred body. Unfortunately, the book isn’t long enough to really explore the issues they have but what is shown is a good amount of development on Marcus’ part.
While I liked the story, I felt like there was something missing from it. At first the book was coasting at a good pace and then all of a sudden, after spending hours with Raph, Marcus starts thinking about how he’s been lusting after Raph since he saw the man. At that point, I felt like it was very sudden and out of place. There was no gradual or constant work up to that point. It just felt off to me especially when almost right after that revelation they’re hopping into bed together. Besides that, as I said, there was just something missing from the story. Maybe it was the fact that I have a bunch of questions regarding Marcus’ ex or how the story ended, I can’t really put my finger on it. I’m also a little saddened that the ending wasn’t more concrete but is left wide open so it makes me wonder what will happen next?
In the end, this was a decent story. It has great potential and the underlining message comes across well. I liked the fact that both Marcus and Raph have their issues that they need to work through them but they’re not crippled by them. There was a tad too much focus on the sex for me and I would have liked to explore more of their problems and the aftermath of the big conflict. As it was, though, if you’re looking for something short with some smut, definitely give this one a try.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*