Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Tied Up In Knots
Author: Wayne Mansfield
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 61 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: November 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Cody has never been lucky in love. In fact, he isn’t feeling very lucky at all. Losing his job and all his money means he has to sell his home. He feels overwhelmed at having to start from scratch again.
Cody decides to get away from it all, and retreats to a secluded forest for some peace and quiet. But two days into his journey, he’s hit over the head as he’s emerging from his tent. When he wakes up, he discovers he’s tied to a chair in a dark room. He struggles against his bonds, and when he hears someone approaching, he begins to panic.
Who kidnapped him? What do they want from a man who has nothing left?
When Cody sets out for some time away from it all to clear his head after realizing he must start his life over from scratch, he finds more than he bargains for. But, all is not what it seems with his captor, Baz, and he finds love in the unlikeliest of places.
Baz is a recluse, hiding out and living off the land in the mountains. When Cody appears a little too close to home, Baz panics out of fear that he will be found. He takes Cody captive, and while he isn’t gentle, he isn’t about torture or kidnapping. It doesn’t take very long for Cody to learn more about Baz and what sent him into hiding, and their attraction grows quickly, much faster than Baz’ trust, unfortunately. But it isn’t until their hands are forced that their relationship is fully tested.
This is a quick story, easily read in one sitting. It isn’t nearly as dark as it first appears, especially when all the circumstances are revealed. I was quickly drawn in and enjoyed this story and felt it was a nice palate cleanser in between some of the more involved, drawn out stories. Even though it is short, there is enough character development and back story to give it a well-rounded and satisfied feeling. I have not read anything else by Mr. Mansfield, but definitely plan to remedy that, as I quite enjoyed the writing style.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*