Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Big Spoon & Teddy Bear
Author: Princess S.O.
Series: Teddy Bear Collection #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 113 Pages
Publisher: Princess S.O.
Release Date: December 4, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For years Gage has been turning men into steel, athletes into warriors of strength, competitors into medalists. But Gage isn’t looking for any more empty trophies, he’s looking for something far more meaningful.
When Gage takes a new job at an old gym, he doesn’t expect his entire life to get a workout, just a change of pace. At first it doesn’t seem like much and about the only plus is the endless view of rugged and well worked man-candy in the form of weightlifters and Strongman competitors that he’d be training and working with. He figures he has it made the minute he walks in the front door in that sense. But in truth, it isn’t enough. He wants a place to set down roots. More importantly, he wants someone to take root with.
Because he’s gay, Gage had always been told to just be happy with what he got, but there’s something about Boomer. A quiet, towering mountain of a Bear that was the gym’s manager who has Gage hoping for more than just daydreaming about the large physique. And that alone promises to put a spark back into the life of a lonely, freckled ginger.
You’re never too old for a teddy bear, right?
Review: First, let me say, do not judge this book by the cover. It is a fantastic story about middle aged guys who find love when they didn’t think it would happen.
These guys are both fit, both beary and a bit growly. Gage is a freckled ginger who gave up his fancy personal trainer job in LA for something involving more real people – people who cared more about their goals than just looking the part. He has a real knack for motivating his clients, and even though he questions his choice a few times, this really ends up being a good fit for him.
Then there is Boomer, who is a bit of a grumpy bad ass and manager of the gym. Gage manages to get past Boomer’s walls though it takes a bit of time. Things happen rather slowly with these guys, as their friendship grows and they get to know one another. Gage is a pretty big guy, but he loves his guys even bigger, and Boomer fits the bill perfectly. There is much more to Boomer than meets the eye, and Gage’s patience and timing pays off in the end.
I really enjoyed these characters. They both seemed very genuine, and they didn’t fit the usual roles. Gage is the smaller guy here, yet he is the one who is the “big spoon.” I loved this dynamic switch. This story surprised me a tiny bit – I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy it quite as much as I did, and I can only say that is because the cover threw me off a bit. I’m glad I pushed on, because, as with the previous (unrelated) book in this series, Their Plane From Nowhere, this was a really solid sweet story. I’m definitely looking forward to the next teddy bear tale. 🙂
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*