Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Town Man Country Man
Author: Jessica Skye Davies
Heroes: Josh Douglass/Ben Bauer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 159 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: “Town man” Josh Douglass meets “country man” Ben Bauer at a mutual friend’s wedding, and passion kindles immediately. As urbanite wedding planner Josh and closeted contractor Ben spend more time together, they develop a deep, comfortable romance despite the fifty miles between their homes—and despite the drastic differences in their lifestyles. But as they grow closer, it becomes apparent that Josh and Ben have been enjoying the first flush of love without giving much thought to longer-term logistics.
A crisis leads Josh to ask himself serious questions about how his relationship with Ben can realistically work. But just as Josh is feeling ready to talk about the next step with Ben, a misunderstanding threatens their love affair. Compromise is the key to any relationship, but it isn’t always easy to balance careers, friendships, and family expectations. Josh and Ben just need to see that bringing together the best of both their worlds is well worth the sacrifices they’ll have to make to remain in each other’s life
Review: I’m going to just start out by saying that there are people out there who will really love this book and those that won’t based on the writing style alone. It’s unique. The author breaks “the fourth wall” a lot and talks to the reader. This is a little disconcerting – some people really like it though. She also kind of blurts stuff out in a stream of consciousness style that again is unique and refreshing, but also a little jarring if you’re not following her stream.
“You know what? You got the lascivious details last time. This one is special, just for me and Ben. I will say, though, that by morning there were two colorful wrappers—and two non-colorful but something-else-full condoms—in my wastebasket, and I was very, very happy with life. You can fill in all the rest with whatever warm hearts-and-flowers makes you happiest. Go ahead, take a minute or two. Enjoy it.”
As for the actual story, there is very little angst. They meet. They hook up. They continue to hook up. Small blip about location. HEA.
Most of the story is very lovey dovey texts, talking about new beau with BFF, some pretty un-inspiring sex scenes and a few bits about work.
“Glad you’re getting home ok. Miss you already, sweetness.
Miss you too, gorgeous. Nighty-night.
Ben texted back a kissy face.”
“Have I mentioned how nicely endowed Ben is? He’s not so huge I can’t possibly take all of him, but he’s big enough to make it interesting. As Goldilocks would say, “Just right.” He was pretty much just right in a lot of other ways too. Ben didn’t waste any time, either, mirroring every move I made on him. Well, that was a fun little game!
I swirled, he swirled. I sucked, he sucked. I kissed, he kissed. I licked, he licked. I deep-throated, he came. I swallowed, he shuddered. I came, he swallowed. I fell back with a blissful smile, and he crawled up beside me and kissed me for a long while.”
The story just didn’t move me much. It was nice. Sometimes cute, very sweet and full of “loves”but I wasn’t that compelled by the MCs, as there was very little tension, so no rush of pleasure when they finally get together, etc.
If you’re in the mood for a somewhat funny, very light romance this might be for you.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*