Sutcliffe Cove by Ariel Tachna & Madeleine Urban
Seeking first-time riding lessons in the rolling hills of Connecticut, Gerald Saunders is pleased to discover Sutcliffe Cove. The current proprietor, Brett Sutcliffe, welcomes the beginner, and Gerald quickly finds a home away from home at the farm as he spends more and more time volunteering there.
Over the course of a few months, Gerald and Brett build a strong friendship, but it’s not until Gerald is off on vacation that the two men realize their friendship could be so much more… sexually satisfying, emotionally intimate, or even warmly loving. But Gerald is so laid back, Brett just isn’t sure what to do next. Move forward and deepen their relationship? Or back off and just be friends with benefits?
Why I bought it:
Madeleine Urban = auto buy for me.
Dislike/like (ending on a high note):
Dislike~ Some readers may get pissed off with Gerald because he is absolutely clueless. Doesn’t pick up on cues, goes with the flow, etc, etc. Stick with it because this forms an important part of the story and in particular the relationship between Gerald and Brett. Plus I actually thought it was more cute than annoying. 🙂
Like~ It might be bloody minded of me, but I LOVED the fact that Gerald and Brett didn’t get together straight away. They admitted an attraction (in their own minds at least 😉 ) very early on and then became friends; neither knowing that the other was gay. Some of you may be thinking “what about gaydar?” Remember the Gerald being clueless thing. Yep. Any more doubts?? Trust me. It’s convincing.
Dislike~ While Gerald was away on vacation, Brett just happens to break up with the boy toy, thus making himself available for smexing on G’s return… hmm, a little convenient.
Like~ I must say I found it absofrigginlutely refreshing to read a contemporary with a focus on the romance itself and without any complications like angsty family/s, stalkers, etc. It made a great change and added to my enjoyment of the story.
So, what I think:
A must for fans of these authors and a very good contemporary romance. Terrific stuff all round.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.