Author: CM Corett
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 71 Pages
At a Glance: This one was a bit hit and miss, but there was definitely some promise here.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: James Connell is adamant—he’s not getting involved. The forty-two-year-old bookstore owner’s life is governed by respectability, order, and a dash of OCD—just the way he likes it. There is absolutely no place in his life for a way-too-young, sexy, carefree guy like Ash. What would people think?
Ash Bradley-Mills is determined—he wants James. Traveling the world testing snowboards and sports equipment has been great fun for Ash, but he’s ready for something more. He wants an adrenaline rush of a different kind, and tall, dark, handsome, and older James fits the criteria perfectly. Now all Ash needs to do is break through James’s defenses and lifelong fear of judgment. Easy! He’s got the perfect plan to push James out of his comfort zone and into his arms.
Review: Bindings and Books is a cute little novella about a sexy bookstore owner in his mid-forties, and the equally sexy and spunky younger man who falls for him. James, our bookstore owner, is dead set against having anything to do with Ash, the hunk he meets out on the slopes, but Ash immediately feels a spark with James, and refuses to back down.
There were a few things I really liked, James being the main one. He came across as such a real, interesting character. I loved the OCD element – I totally dig atypical characters, or characters with quirks. I’m also a big fan of romances with a more significant age difference, so this anthology is a gold mine for those who love that trope. I also liked what CM Corett did with the story behind James’s reticence. Sure, there was the cliché of ‘I’m worried what people will think’, but what held the most weight for him was a much more unique reason.
The story started out strong, but there were a couple of things I didn’t like as well – the main one, unfortunately, being a major plot point. I can’t give away what happens, but, sadly, I definitely didn’t love the direction the author decided to go. It didn’t completely ruin the story for me…but it was a pretty big downer.
So, this one was a bit hit and miss, but there was definitely some promise here. Still an enjoyable short read. The hilarious opening scene on the ski slopes is worth checking it out all on its own!
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