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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nathaniel by Jan Irving

Nathaniel by Jan Irving
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (102 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

You and your son have the saddest eyes.

Young cowboy Happy Nathaniel is struck by a need to reach out when he first meets Aaron King and his son, Samuel, so he helps Aaron find a haven at the Rocking M, far away from their strict Mennonite community. Once Sam is settled in the country school, both men seek something to spur him to speak again. But most of all, Nate also sees Aaron’s loneliness, and a single kiss is the spark Nate has secretly craved. But he’ll put his attraction on hold as long as needed, knowing there is a time for all things and that, one day, Aaron will want to dance again.

Sad eyes and a warm heart can be a lethal combination. Now add a dusty ranch and a couple of hot guys. You’ve got both endless possibilities and Jan Irving’s Nathaniel.

This story is bittersweet and sweet. I say bittersweet because there are moments that will simply squeeze tight around your heart. Then there are moments that sizzle. I love a story that really picks me up and makes me think. This is one of those books.

Ms. Irving has a great writing style that flows and draw the reader in. I was snagged by Nathaniel and Aaron within a few paragraphs. The chemistry between them is unmistakable and Ms. Irving writes it so well, I thought I was right there watching it all unfold. Although this is a shorter story, but it’s not one to be missed. I loved it.

But don’t get me wrong, this book has moments of sadness. Samuel, Aaron’s son gets treated poorly by the kids in town. Both he and Aaron aren’t readily accepted. Where it could be seen as predictable that Nathaniel is the one man to be nice to them, it’s also a happy moment. I wanted to see Nathaniel and Aaron hit it off and glad with how the story rolled along.

I’ve loved Ms. Irving’s other books and this one is a great addition to my keeper shelf. If you want a book that’s guaranteed to stick with you long after the last page, then you need to read Nathaniel. I give this book 4.5 cherries.

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