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Monday, April 18, 2011

Not Alone by Sonja Spencer

Not Alone by Sonja Spencer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (78 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Andy Parker moves to a small town on a lake to start over after a bad breakup. The big drawback? He's alone with no prospects for romance. He meets Eddie Ferguson at the local grocery and strikes up an easy friendship, but the divorced man isn't really Andy's type. Still, a friend is a friend—and when Mr. Oblivious Eddie says "So use me," Andy's imagination goes wild. But will trying for more risk any chance of a friendship?

"Can you reach me the vinaigrette?"

Interesting way to start a book, isn't it? I thought so, too and grabbed a copy of Not Alone. I was in for a real treat.

Ms. Spencer writes in an interesting fashion. It was easy to see the characters emotions and feel like I was part of the story. I got caught up in the strife between Andy and Eddie. Talk about a heart-warming story...this one is. Andy is a likable character. He knows what he wants but he's savvy enough to know when to hold his cards close to his vest. Eddie...he's like the guy next door anyone could know. He's an average guy--with one small, er...large, issue. I liked that the author added this little quirk to the story. It's easy for the reader to relate to Eddie's feelings of not belonging. It's an interesting twist.

Oh, and did I mention the aching quality of this story? I sped through the book to see what would happen next. Yeah, I was that caught up in it.

I did have a couple issues with this story. The author switches points of view in the midst of a scene. While it's interesting and I know what's going on from both characters, it took me a couple times to reread the scenes to make certain I knew what who was thinking what. In that respect, the POV changes were a little jarring. Also, there were times when things seemed to happen a little easily. Now I realize this is fiction and I totally wanted the men to get together. But some times things went a little too smoothly and I wanted to say, see? He likes you. But on the flip side, this meant I was very emotionally involved in the story, which is a good thing!

Despite the foibles, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more titles by the author. There's heart, heat, and people everyone can relate to. You should grab a copy of Not Alone, too.

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