|Cover Artist: Paul Richmond|
Bowl Full of Cherries
by Raine O’Tierney
Genres: Contemporary, M/M, Romance, Holiday, Coming of Age
Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.
Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely adored this story! Crowley's character is amazing. He has struggled with his weight and body image his entire life. While he has made the effort to lose weight, he still perceives himself to be unlovable because of what he sees when he looks in the mirror. His quiet personality makes it easy for him to blend into the shadow of his more outgoing best friend and room-mate.
Rell is instantly attracted to the broad shoulders and solid build of his twin brother's best friend, and finds himself equally captivated by his gentle spirit, laughing eyes and their similar interests. Like a lot of people who have never struggled with weight, Rell doesn't really understand how Crowley's image of himself affects his ability to accept love and love fully in return.
Rell's own life has been spent drifting from job to job without a distinct sense of purpose, but falling in love with Crowley makes him realize that life is full of possibility. Now he needs to figure out how to achieve those dreams.
Raine O'Tierney crafted an amazing set of characters for BOWL FULL OF CHERRIES. Their emotional experiences, personalities, challenges and eventual growth brought me near tears several times. The intense and dramatic sequences are tempered with gentleness, love, and a bit of outright silliness. The subtle contrast between Crowley and Rell's families is another aspect that adds depth to the overall story line. BOWL FULL OF CHERRIES, a well written and multifaceted story, is one of the most engaging and delightfully emotional books I've read this year!
Raine O'Tierney, a passionate believer in what she calls The Sweetness, writes positive stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and.friskiness? When she's not writing, Raine can be found fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job.
Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. She changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Raine lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author and sometimes writing partner, Siôn O'Tierney.
Contact her if you're interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about what kinds dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
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