The Summer Gardener by Jan Irving
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Other: M/M, BDSM
Rating: 5 cherries
Review by: Tuberose
Alejandro Moreno drops out of college and puts aside his dream of a degree in landscape design to take care of his mother and younger brother. Then he gets the chance to restore a strange and unpopular patch of land with an uncanny inhabitant—Fane, a prickly fairy.
At first, Alejo isn’t thrilled to share the space with the annoying fae, but as they work together on the neglected garden, both men discover they have two things in common: a love for working with the natural world and loneliness. But how can Alejo handle feelings for not just another man, but one who isn’t human at all?
Can Alejo be with Fane even though Alejo is human and Fane is a fairy? Can Alejo handle being with another man? Can Fane keep from being captured by the ex-gardener?
Alejandro Moreno is responsible for taking care of his mother and his younger brother. Alejo gets a summer job working to restore a garden. While working, he meets a prickly fairy named Fane. Fane is trying to keep from being captured by the ex-gardener and Alejo helps him. Alejo and Fane have two things in common love of the garden and loneliness. They quickly become friends. I liked Alejo's strength and courage to love another man when conventional wisdom speaks against it. But even perfect isn't always perfect. But a misunderstanding doesn't have to ruin the relationship. Both men learn how to make lemonade out of lemons and love out of lust. After spending most of the summer together, one day the ex-gardener comes back and almost captures Alejo while he is a fairy.
Fear and panic add into the relationship, and hurt words threaten to destroy everything. I love seeing the two men figure out their feelings in the midst of the bad things happening around them. You root for them to succeed and stay in love.
Ms. Irving has written a very touching and special story about a unique friendship and love between two very special beings. I was captivated by this story from the very beginning and could not put it down. My only problem with it is, I want more of Alejo and Fane. This is a book that I will be recommending to everyone I can.