Monday, September 14, 2015

Ripples in Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

Steve Moore wasn’t planning on being a dad. He envisioned a life of teaching and professional swimming. Fast forward a year and he’s the guardian of his ten-year-old sister. He wants love and passion, but who wants to date a guy with a family?

Farin Baker believed love wasn’t in his cards--until he takes his nephew to swimming lessons. One glance at the water-slicked hunk teaching the class has him thinking about jumping into the dating pool again. He’s ready for a fresh start with a hot guy for his bed.

Will they find heat between the sheets or will the guardianship situations cool their ardor?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Single Father Society is based on a very neat premise. It's perfect if you're looking for sweet and fluffy romance revolving around a very bigoted town. Each book features a parent who belongs to the society, and the story is their journey to find acceptance and love.

If you're looking for a few hours of warm and fuzzy, are a fan of M/M romance, you will probably enjoy this series. The characters are likable, easy to connect to, and a breeze to read. There is, however, a feminine flair to the overall feel to the story.

I will state, I read the first book for review and was unsure if I wanted to continue on with book 2, simply because it wasn't my cup of tea. It's written well, just not to my tastes. So a few things stuck out to me, hanging me up this time around.

This quote rankled me because I'm single, and I choose to be so for the exact reason stated in the dialogue.

"Great." Colin hurried past Farin, then stopped. "You're too picky. Seriously, I think you want to be alone."

"I can be both alone and picky." He followed his brother through the house. "I'd rather be alone than with someone I don't like just for the sake of being with someone."

Colin snorted. "Now I almost hope you do end up alone. You're being shallow."

I'm not entirely sure why it's shallow to have standards, and I completely agree with being alone rather than settling or staying with someone for the sake of not being alone, especially if that relationship is unhealthy and toxic. So this early on in the story tainted my view of the book. I have to convey this, as I try to be unbiased as I review, but this bent me wrong. This antiquated thinking also fit with the major issue I took with the story.

I do want to note that the bigotry often comes off as contrived as a way to preach how awful people can be. I'm positive this still exists in many small towns, but there is a feel to the book like it was set in the 1990s.

Even the dialogue is out-of-date. The eleven-year-old sister uses the word HUNK. The ten-year-old nephew uses the word Cool. And the adults, who are in their early twenties, call each other Jerks. It was just odd for children born in 2005 to use such language (I'll age myself. This was what we said during my childhood or by my parents, not during this day and age), and it yanked me from the story.

I don't want to come off as nit-picky. I truly believe this book, this series, will be received well by romance lovers, especially those new to the M/M genre, as it reads more like M/F with OTT issues facing gay couples.

I have mixed feelings about this story. There were some things I like and some that didn't really work for me. I really liked Steve. He is a good guy giving up his young and fun years to raise his sister. I wanted him to find his perfect match. And I liked Farin until he spent time with Steve and turned into a douche. I like that they don't waste any time with getting together physically but the emotional side of things moved at warp speed and I didn't really feel it. At times the dialogue was unbelievable and a bit cheesy.

The anti-gay crusaders who appeared in the first book pop up again in this story as I'm sure they will in the next one. They added interest to the story and gave me someone to hate on. Overall a good read and I'll keep following this series to see where it leads.

This is part of a series, and follows the fortunes of members of Single Father's Group.

It is a sweet, quick and romantic read. There are plenty of forces trying to keep homophobia alive in Cedarwood, but these men refuse to bow to pressure, and deal with amazing grace with some ridiculous statements. I found it a little too tidy maybe, but it is well written and soundly plotted. ... oh and those guys have muscles in all the right places!

Also Available in the Single Father Society Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Home to Cedarwood post.

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 Ripples in Cedarwood (Single Father Society #2) by Megan Slayer to read and review.

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