Monday, October 11, 2010

The Brothers Of Hogg's Hollow


Title: The Brothers Of Hogg's Hollow
Author: G. R. Richards
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-752-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, BDSM (Light), Interracial
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Fernando and his big brother Gerry have a lucrative deck building business. Gerry handles the paperwork and clients while Fernando handles the labor. It’s an arrangement that works until Fernando meets their latest client, Malcolm.

Malcolm is too hot to be a stuffy professor and has Fernando breaking his brother’s rule against fraternizing with clients. But what seemed to be a mutual attraction dulls quickly leaving Fernando to wonder if Malcolm has changed his mind.

When Fernando is left to handle the project, Malcolm once again turns up the heat. One hot afternoon with no one to block their interaction, the men allow their passion to overflow. With very different backgrounds, can they find a happy middle ground for their relationship to grow?

G. R. Richards’ The Brothers Of Hogg's Hollow is part of the Working Stiffs series and has become one of my favorite stories, thus far. The scene where Fernando first meets Malcolm had me doubled over from laughter. It left little doubt that not only is Malcolm a sweet man with a good heart, but that he truly wanted to get to know Fernando.

Fernando was a sport about the encounter and I’m sure the embarrassment would have made others refuse to return to the site. I loved his character because of his sincere desire to keep his family whole and happy. His ability to put everyone else’s needs above his own made him a target for his brother’s high-handedness from time to time. The family drama added spice to the story and showed just what the brothers were made of.

There is one scene where Fernando and Malcolm are watching a movie. When it was described, I could see how parallel their love was to that of the characters they were watching. At that moment I knew they were perfect for one another and there would be no turning back.

The setting moves primarily between two locations with a quick dash to a third. Each location was perfect ambience for a budding relationship. G. R. Richards describes the settings just enough to set the scene and then makes the couple the focal point once more.

If you are wondering which story of the series to start with I would recommend The Brothers Of Hogg's Hollow as one of the top three to begin with.

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