Monday, December 5, 2011

Convincing Landon

Title: Convincing Landon
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-813-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Afraid of what being openly gay would mean to his life and job, Landon Tully stayed in the closet and rejected Kendall after a brief but intense affair. Several years later, his father dies and he returns to Riverside. His brother talks him into staying so when a job opens up, he jumps at it. Days later he meets Kendall again, who’s working for a competitor interested in the same land he’s trying to obtain for a homeless shelter.  

Losing Landon left a hole in Kendall’s heart but hard work helped fill the gap. When they accidentally run into each other, he realizes how much he still cares about Landon and it opens his eyes to things he needs to fix in his life. Can he convince Landon to give them another chance?  Will he be able to continue working for his money-grubbing boss or does he need to move on? 

Convincing Landon is the latest release in Serena Yates’ Men of Riverside series.  Due to the close association of characters, I recommend they be read in order.  

I liked Landon from the beginning. Ms. Yates gave him a personality that showed his concern and feeling of responsibility for his younger brother, putting his own desires on hold. He is a worthy type of guy, which explains the social worker he became later. Then she gives him a big twist when he dumped Kendall ruthlessly. It added unhappiness and angst to the story, but the cold manner in which it is done didn’t win him any points with me because sweet Kendall deserved better. There is a good show of Kendall’s anger, disappointment and frustration at being unceremoniously discarded. I am surprised at how easily, years later, Kendall forgives Landon. It seems unrealistic that they instantly resume a relationship. I would have liked to see Landon work for it a little more.

It is nice seeing many of the men from the previous releases. They add a good sense of continuity… of family and friendship that both Landon and Kendall need. These two men go through a lot of emotions…pain, anger, desire, passion and fear…before they reach the happiness they’ve been looking for.  When they find it, I was left with a feeling of satisfaction.  Watch for the next release Helping Harry, coming in January.

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