Reviewed by Ami
Title: Counting Down
Author: Kelly Jensen
Series: Counting #2
Heroes: Marcus Winnamore/Henry Auttenberg
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 63 Pages
Publisher: Dreamsipnner Press
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends.
Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?
Review: Counting Down is the sequel from last year’s holiday novella, Counting Fence Posts. Timeline wise, it happens only a week after the ending of the first book. This time, Marc wants to take Henry to the office’s New Year’s Eve party, where he plans to kiss Henry at the stroke of midnight; In Marc’s way of thinking, it will pretty much tell all of his colleagues that he is, well, gay. Until they are trapped inside a basement / laundry room of their office …
Heh, I feel sorry for these two. First, trapped in a car during a blizzard before Christmas. Now trapped in the basement / laundry room during New Year’s Eve?
“I was going to say that for our third date, we should just stay home. But knowing our luck, terrorists would decide to take the entire building hostage.” – Henry
Anyway, one of my complaints from the first book was how I thought Marc to still be a mysterious character, since Counting Fence Posts was written solely from Henry’s perspective. Marc takes over the narration this time around. So I got to know what he was thinking …
Well, it was pretty much a complicated web inside his head. Marc clearly is still confused about his sexuality – he was never really fully attracted to a man before, until Henry. He has never had a relationship with a man. So he is still questioning himself, and what is the right thing to do with dating a man.
This could be frustrating for some readers because Marc’s way of thinking might be a little ‘outdated’. But I liked it just fine – I liked that it would be a work in progress because it gave a chance for Marc to grow. I like story with character development, see. Besides I liked Henry’s reaction to Marc’s confusion. I thought Henry would be a very good partner to Marc as Marc navigated his way for his first relationship with a man.
Looking forward to the next book 🙂
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*