Guest Reviewed by Gyn and Morgan
Title: Dogwood Days
Author: Poppy Dennison
Heroes: Jefferson Lee Davis/Zane Yarbrough
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 129 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 21, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Small town heroes and big town hearts.
Jefferson Lee Davis is happy with his life in the city until his favorite uncle has a bad fall and he rushes to Holly Creek to make sure Uncle Sherman is okay. Jefferson Lee knows how to navigate small Southern town’s politics and the residents greet him with open arms. Everyone but the town’s sheriff, Zane Yarbrough, that is.
Dogwood Days, the town’s biggest festival is looming, so Jefferson has to step up and take over his uncle’s job as the town blogger, even if that puts him right in the sheriff’s path. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend all come together to make Jefferson Lee’s life in Holly Creek a full-time adventure. When he loses his job back in the city, Jefferson Lee has to start a new job search that will take him away from the town he’s learning to think of as home. Will this big city boy find sweet romance in the arms of a small town sheriff or will the allure of the city call him back?
Gyn’s Review: Zing! So much Zing! Everything about Dogwood Days was fun, zany and sweet. It hit just the right spot for me and I loved it. This may, in fact, be the shortest review ever because I don’t know how I can describe the feels Poppy Dennison gave me with this story. It was one part soap opera, one part romance and one part comedy. I have a smile on my face just thinking about Holly Creek and all of the town’s quirky, loyal and nosy inhabitants.
Jefferson Lee was fabulous and a breath of fresh air! I love his relationship with his uncle, with the town and with his friends but mostly I really enjoyed how the author developed the relationship between him and Sheriff Zane. I am a sucker for the ‘Didn’t Know He Liked Me That Way’ trope. In this case it led to a very sweet and fun introduction to the two of them.
Zane was also one of my favorites. He’s open and kind of wholesome, but not too wholesome. (Wink. Wink.) I loved him for Jefferson Lee and really enjoyed that their relationship was so honest. It didn’t involve drama or issues and was very refreshing.
As if Jefferson Lee and Zane weren’t enough, this book has an entire host of loveable characters. Dennison did an excellent job of really painting the town of Holly Creek and the people who live there. I want to vacation there or live there so I can deliver casseroles to Jefferson Lee too!
Alas, I must remind myself that this is fiction and that is impossible. The best I can do is hope that Ms. Dennison gives us more stories from Holly Creek! Please!
Overall Impression: I loved it
Morgan’s Review: Jefferson Lee returns to his small town to help his Uncle Sherman with his blog. While there he runs into trouble at every turn. On the one hand his blogging seems to be a hit, but he’s caught the eye of the Sheriff.
Sheriff Zane keeps showing up to “check up on” Sherman, but it’s Jefferson Lee he ends up spending time with. It seems everyone but Jefferson realizes Zane has an interest in the nephew not the uncle.
This was a super fun, quick, light, happy, funny short story. It was a romance about a town with a dash of romance between two men thrown in. I’m not sure if the series will showcase new MCs or simply more of the town, but in either case it’s a series you’ll want to follow.
There is literally no angst in this book. None! It’s a naturally developing romance between two people in the fishbowl that is a small town. Fortunately, being gay isn’t an issue at all and everyone is in support of the relationship. Even with all that behind him, Jefferson Lee is just a clueless sweetheart who needs a swift kick before he realizes what’s right in front of him.
I highly recommend this to fans of “light and fluffy” romances, fans of the small town, fans of “clueless MCs” and anyone looking for a breath of fresh air!
I hope we see more of Zane and Jefferson Lee because though it ended on a HFN, I’d love to see more of their HEA.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*We received a copies of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*