Monday, July 13, 2015

Home to Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

Colin Baker owns a book store and he’s back in Cedarwood with his son. He’s looking for a new start after a bad breakup, but he never expected that start to include his old crush, Officer Jordan Hargrove. Jordan hasn’t come out, but if he can score with Colin, then he’s all in. He’s dreamed of hot nights with the quiet man.

After a speeding ticket and some hurt feelings, sparks fly between the bookstore owner and the police officer, but Cedarwood is a small town with small town values, and a gay couple isn’t what the town expects. Colin’s created a support group for single gay fathers and he feels he’s making some difference in Cedarwood. Some folks in Cedarwood are fine with these two men reconnecting, but some aren’t.

Will the naysayers be enough to drive Colin and Jordan apart, or will they make their way together in this small town.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Home to Cedarwood was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon with the novella. A few hours of fluffy romance to warm the heart and put a smile on the reader's face. One narrator returns to their hometown with a small-town mentality, only to come face-to-face with the other narrator – the high school crush/nemesis.

Home to Cedarwood is an angsty read, which has a bit of a feminine flair to the narration. The police officer had an apologetic monologue and dialogue that became a bit overpowering in the beginning. Very warm and cozy, yet not very masculine for a cop and ex-baseball player. Their conversations revolved around apologizing and discussing the anti-gay climate in the small town of Cedarwood.

The backstory of their lives is played out in monologues, giving the reader the background of the events that led them to be who they are now. Our narrators struggle with being out and coming out in a small town, with a lot of homophobic harassment as the conflict.

Dual-perspective narrative
Recommended: Romance readers who love the warm and fuzzies. M/M readers.
Would I read more from this author/series: While it was written very well, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm a more serious reader, looking for very deep emotion. I believe this novella will appeal to the majority of readers in this genre. My opinion is not a reflection of the author's abilities, simply my personal tastes.

Colin is a single dad who has returned to his home town. Jordan is the guy Colin had a huge crush on in high school who is now a cop and firmly in the closet in a town where gay people are not welcomed with open arms. While there is a little heat in Home to Cedarwood the focus is on relationships and the issues faced by a gay parent and his child. I enjoyed this book but there were times though that I found the story a bit too perfect and some of the thoughts and conversations needed a bit more grit or realism. I hope that that author writes Farin's story next.

When she's not writing the stories in her head, bestselling author, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.

When she’s not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best. The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always need them.

So be nice to Javier or he will bite on command.

She also masquerades under the name Wendi Zwaduk.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Home to Cedarwood (Single Father Society #1) by Megan Slayer to read and review.

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