Friday, December 17, 2010

Hopes and Fears

Title: Hopes and Fears
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-762-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Brian McCarthy hates everything about Christmas – the happy music, excessive shopping and food and the over-the-top decorations – everything. He’s the ultimate cynic who doesn’t keep in touch with his family and only believes in quick hookups. The only relationship he’s ever had was with the subject of his award winning book, ‘Caged’, and it was one-sided. His.

When Brian goes in for physical therapy on his injured knee, the last thing he expects is to develop an emotional attachment for this therapist, Jerry. While Brian might be commitment-phobic, the opposite is true of Jerry – hookups aren’t for him, so initially he does everything possible to avoid a personal involvement with Brian. Everything changes with a chance meeting at a dance club and despite his feelings, Brian isn’t certain he can face his past mistakes and move on to a happy future.

Hopes and Fears is the latest release by author Rowan Speedwell and it’s a spin-off of the deeply moving story Finding Zach. Unlike its predecessor, this story is far more lighthearted, at least in the beginning, and its first few words caught my attention, reeled me right into the story and pulled me along. With an opening line of, “I HATE Christmas. I really do”, how could it not? He’s like a warped, sexy, modern day Scrooge.

I liked Brian when he was introduced in the previous release and was thrilled to learn he was getting his own story. He’s an interesting character and even though Hopes and Fears is a novella-length release, Ms. Speedwell did a nice job fleshing out his personality and background – making this man come to life. Jerry was equally intriguing, and the revelation about his background (which will remain hidden here) that I didn’t see coming. These two men are opposite in so many ways but in reality, Jerry is exactly what Brian needs.

The plot is smooth flowing and at times the bantering conversation had me chuckling. Parts of the story are filled with angst but by the final pages the storyline had lightened again, bringing a satisfied smile to my face. As far as I’m concerned this Christmas season release is a keeper. Read and enjoy.

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