Monday, May 17, 2010

The Second Season


Title: The Second Season
Author: Lee Pulaski
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-975-0
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Shilo David and Jeffrey Layton spent several wonderful days enjoying the warm weather in California; a mini-vacation so they could watch Jeffrey’s young cousin, Garrett, perform in the Rose Parade. Aside from encountering bad roads due to heavy snow, the trip home for the three goes smoothly; that is until they arrive at Jeffrey’s home and discover it burned to the ground the night before. The most unsettling news of all—it’s suspected to be arson.

Without any other place to go, Jeffrey and Garrett move in with Shilo. Being in such close proximity to another person is difficult and the two lovers must weather some rough spots—dealing with homophobic townspeople, discovering who is out to hurt them and whether or not marriage is in their future.

The Second Season is the newest release by author Lee Pulaski and is the sequel to, and starts a few months after the end of The Colors of Love and Autumn. Shilo and Jeffrey are just as much in love as before and seeing their growing commitment is nice and it’s handled well. These guys are perfect for each other and the author uses a nice twist—the arson- to move them into the next natural phase of their growing relationship; cohabiting. For Jeffrey and Shilo, living together isn’t always easy, but it’s presented in a manner anyone can understand and sympathize with—and possibly even chuckle a bit in memory.

I loved the addition of Garrett to their little family and seeing the warmth, caring and supportive rapport between the three was a true pleasure. He added a great sense of realism, allowing both Shilo and Jeffrey to open their hearts and lives to another person.

The secondary characters are numerous and some play a more important role than others but together, they flesh out the story and their actions help propel the story forward at an ever faster pace. That’s particularly true of the arsonist. When his identity is revealed, I can’t say I was surprised—it was more like an ‘ah ha’ moment when I could say, ‘of course. It was so obvious. Why didn’t I see that before?’ Don’t get me wrong; feeling that way in no way interfered with my enjoyment of the story, but instead, it left me wondering what I’d missed. So don’t make the same mistake. Pay attention.

The action at the end is very well done, giving a well written sense of danger and urgency that had me reading faster. And it was nice seeing our guys find the happily ever after they deserved; even if they had to go through a little pain, suffering, uncertainty and danger to get there.

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