Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In and Out

Title: In and Out
Author: L.B. Gregg
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60168-288-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Holden has been stuck in his home for over two years but when he gets a new gardener, things start to change and Holden wonders if it’s time to get out.

In and Out is the latest addition to the Men of Smithfield series. It is also my favorite. The characters in this story grabbed me from the beginning. Holden has suffered from agoraphobia ever since he was humiliated on national television by his then-lover and business partner. After the one time world traveler and adventurer withdrew from public life, he never expected to leave his home again. The author did a wonderful job bringing across the frustration and problems Holden faces due to his fear of going outside. Since this story is told from Holden’s point of view, we are treated to a variety of snarky opinions regarding those in the community of Smithfield, as well as those who invade his home.

Adam is a slightly shy, innocent young man who also happens to be a felon from the wrong side of the tracks. Trying to improve himself, Adam gets a job as Holden’s gardener. The author’s ability to bring Adam’s home-life to life makes it easy for the reader to understand Adam’s desire for change. When Adam finds a body on the property, the fun really begins.

The author has loaded this story with many wonderful secondary characters that will leave the reader wondering “who done it”. As the story primarily centers in and around Holden’s home, things, at times, almost have a comedy of errors feel to them. This story also reminded me of an old time Agatha Christie movie.

With a combination of great characters and intriguing story line, In and Out will keep you entertained until the last page.

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