Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Sam and Aaron
Author: L.B. Gregg
Series: Men of Smithfield #5
Heroes: Sam & Aaron
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 44k words
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo
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Blurb: A never-before-published Men of Smithfield book
With our family’s legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we’re determined to revive the place. We’ve started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.
Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who’s distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can’t quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for…something.
The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we’ve had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can’t stop wondering why he’s searching in secret. From the library to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He’s definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he’s after.
Sam’s life revolves around his responsibilities and that pretty much means keeping the B&B, left to him and his sister by his grandfather, running. When he attempts to return some library books, he ends up getting stuck in the book drop box and meeting a suspicious man named Aaron who turns out to be one of his guests. Before Sam knows it, his attempt to figure out why Aaron is sneaking out at night leads him into more than one compromising position, not to mention Aaron is strangely appealing and definitely peaks Sam’s interest. Unfortunately, Aaron came to town to uncover a long-lost secret and that secret might just turn Sam’s life upside down in more ways than one.
There was a ton of banter in this one that, while not as funny as I’ve come to expect LB Gregg books to be, was still amusing in a certain way. I liked that Sam was so easy to interpret and that he was so interested in why Aaron was skulking around like a criminal. The fact that Sam always caught Aaron while he was doing something law breaking (even though Aaron said he wasn’t) was fun to watch especially since Aaron was able to sneak out, leaving Sam to get caught. I loved that Sam was so strong with a bit of sarcasm to him. I didn’t really like Aaron for much of the book because I felt like his attempts at flirtation with Sam were just pretty ways of making fun of Sam. Still, I liked Aaron once he stopped talking and I did like the fact that he was so curious and made no attempts at hiding that fact.
While I liked the story in the end, I found the fact that everyone criticized Sam for being dull and boring quite aggravating. Even Aaron and Claire, Sam’s ‘second best-friend’, went so far as insulting him over and over about how boring Sam was. I can’t even explain how much that pissed me off especially when Sam would accept those insults like they were okay. On top of that, I really, really disliked Claire. Not because she was bitchy or anything but because she was really annoying. She acted more like she was fifteen than a grown adult.
In the end, I liked the story but I can’t say it was my favorite. Most of the characters rubbed me the wrong way for the first half of the book, even the ones we’ve met in previous books who I used to adore. Thankfully, after a fashion, they stopped calling Sam boring and that’s when the story really picked up for me. I really liked Sam and Aaron eventually grew on me. Still, it was fun experiencing the small town mentality again and seeing a few of the previous characters. With that said, if you’ve enjoyed the Men of Smithfield series then you’ll enjoy this one as well.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*