Monday, March 7, 2016

The Secret of Hunter’s Bog by Ally Blue


For Koichi McNab, the shop he and his twin sister Kimmy are opening in Hunter’s Bog Mall is a fresh start after their old one burned down. A way to move on. Especially when he meets the hunky owner of the luxury camping goods store next door. Koichi’s never been an outdoorsy guy, but Will Hood just might change his mind.

Will came to Southern Alabama to establish his own life away from his big, intrusive family—and in hopes of finding Anthony, the lover who vanished two years ago. But meeting Koichi throws everything off-kilter. Anthony was a long time ago. Koichi’s right here, smart and funny and cute, and Will wants him.

As Koichi and Will become friends, then lovers, Will’s past and Koichi’s present tangle into a dangerous knot that brings them face-to-face with secrets, theft, treachery ... maybe even murder. With their lives on the line, their only way to safety is together.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆
The Secret of Hunter's Bog was an easy read, flowed quickly, and was as sugary sweet as the tea. After their store burnt down, a set of fraternal twins are setting up shop in Hunter's Bog strip mall. Situated next door is a new glamping (glamour camping) store, owned and operated by the love interest.

I will admit, I had a difficult time connecting with the characters and becoming interested/invested in their story due to so much 'telling' instead of showing. Large portions of backstory are told in inner monologue, and I wasn't sure how much of it I should retain. While this novella was an easy read, this lessened the emotional impact and made it difficult for me to connect to the characters or the story.

While setting up their respective stores, Kimmy pushes her brother to help their new neighbor set up, and Koichi & Will are immediately attracted to one another. While I could understand lust, they also instantaneously develop true feelings in the blink of an eye, without any interactions to connect them. Obviously this has to be this way when written in a novella, as it takes page-length to develop a realistic relationship, but this was fast even by novella terms.

The Secret of Hunter's Bog was a quick, easy, lighthearted read, perfect for a few hours to de-stress without getting too angsty or involved. However, the spooky mystery isn't necessarily resolved by book's end.

Definitely recommend this novella to MM Romance readers who love fluffy and want instantaneous gratification.



Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst.

She has a great big suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version LOTR movies in a row.

Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Secret of Hunter’s Bog by Ally Blue to read and review.

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