Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Title: Spring
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-501-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Sidney Wilks is only ten when his mother dies of cancer and on the day of her funeral, the only person who gives him comfort in his time of grief is ranch hand Grady Nash. There’s no other family but his father and he’s a cold, distant man who has little time for his child, leaving Nash as the only stable figure in Sidney’s life.

For years, their relationship stays that of friends until Sidney has a serious car wreck and Nash steps in to take care of the younger man, forcing Nash to see him in a new light. When the noticing turns to desire, Nash is forced to re-evaluate his possessive and protective instincts.

What kind of life could these two men have together? Nash knows horses and ranching, and Sidney’s been studying to build skyscrapers so he can escape his small-town life for one in the big city. Can they find a compromise or will Nash have to let Sidney leave without him?

Spring is the first release in Carol Lynne’s new Seasons of Love serial. It follows Sidney Wilks and Grady Nash for forty years of their lives, most of it together. Having all the books follow the same characters is an unusual way to handle a series, but it’s a great opportunity for the author to expand the personalities and understandings of both men.

The story begins on the day of Sidney’s mother’s funeral and jumps forward in sections, each following a month/year as Sidney grows older and matures. Ms. Lynne is thus quickly pulling the past into the present, showing that Nash’s the only consistency in his life, while his surly father stays on the outside, uninterested in his only child. I’m really glad to see she used this method of getting Sidney through his growing up years. It gave the high points of his life while allowing the story to move forward into adulthood at a good pace.

There are a lot of emotions going on in this story. From the love, passion and desire of Sidney and Grady, to the anger, betrayal and unhappiness associated with Sidney’s father. Later in the story surprises abound in regards to Sidney’s father and I admit to being totally caught off guard by the revelations. They were well placed within the plotline, pushing the story forward to a satisfying ending for these two lovers. I can’t wait to see what direction Ms. Lynne takes Sidney and Nash next. Read and enjoy. You won’t be disappointed.

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