Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Bowl Full of Cherries
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Heroes: Crowley Fredericks/Averell Lang
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
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Blurb: Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.
Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
When his mom doesn’t want anything to do with him, Crowley resigns himself to spending Christmas alone until his best friend and roommate, Tyler, invites him to spend the holiday with his family. Leaving a day before Tyler means spending time with Tyler’s twin brother, Averell, who’s much different than Crowley expected. It doesn’t help that Crowley’s starting to have feelings for his best friend’s straight brother but even if Rell was gay, no way would he’d be attracted to a big guy like Crowley. Little does he know that while Rell might be straight, that doesn’t stop him from seeing the beautiful man Crowley is and when those feelings turn into something more, will he be able to convince Crowley there’s more to himself than the bowl of cherries around his waist?
I have a special spot in my heart for Christmas stories. I also have a special spot in my heart for ‘husky’ characters so when I saw this book, I was pretty excited about it. And, can I just say, that WOW, this book was AMAZING. There’s a lot to the story like how Crowley learns to love himself and how that happens, the way Rell realizes he needs to finally grow up. But also, it’s light-hearted and funny. Rell was a riot of a character, always there with a smile or a joke or a laugh. He made Crowley love himself by loving Crowley. It was sweet, intense at times but also very heart-warming.
As characters, I adored them together. Rell was just a great character as it was but I loved that he couldn’t stop his need to be around Crowley and make Crowley laugh. I also really loved Crowley. He made me a bit sad at times because he really has horrible self-confidence and weight issues. But when they were together, Rell never noticed anything about Crowley besides how beautiful and sweet he was and that’s why I loved Rell so much. All the things Crowley hated about himself, Rell loved. With that said, some might have issues with the fact that Rell is essentially gay for Crowley but I didn’t have an issue with it. In fact, I think I liked the story better this way because it made the fact that Rell didn’t care about Crowley’s extra cushion even more prominent.
This was one of the best books I’ve read this year but I wanted so much more! I wanted to see Rell tell his family, his mother and sister, about his love for Crowley. I wanted to see how they reacted to Rell loving a man even though he wasn’t ‘gay’. I wanted to see how Rell and Crowley were 6 months, a year, five years from now and if Rell’s new business succeeds or not.
In the end, this was a fabulous book that keep me up until the early hours of the morning. I loved how much Crowley AND Rell grew throughout the story but also the fun and great chemistry they had. This was a lovely story about self-discovery and finally growing up. I just loved Rell and Crowley so much! I hope there’s more to come of them and with the way this book ended, I’m hoping Tyler’s story comes sooner rather than later!
Overall Impression: I really loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*