The Marshall’s Park Series (Books 1-4)
Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live. – Marcus Aurelius
The Marshall’s Park Series is an old-fashioned monthly serial. The kind that leaves you breathlessly awaiting the next installment. I think the last time I got hooked on a series like this was Stephen King’s The Green Mile. That was a number of years ago!
Marshall’s Park is a local zoo which is famous for it’s mascot “Monty the Meerkat”. A role that Finn Thomas lovingly plays. Until the day he gets arrested.
Aiden Reid is a spoiled rich kid turned single dad. He lives with his Aunt Patti while raising his daughter Kaylee mostly on his own. This is how we meet them in the first installment, Monty Gets Arrested.
During a day at the zoo, Aiden loses sight of Kaylee. Finn finds her, takes care of the booboo on her knee and tries to help her find her daddy. When Aiden sees this, he assumes that Finn/Monty is trying to kidnap is daughter and physically assaults him. Finn is hauled off to jail because Aiden doesn’t believe that he works at the park.
Of course, this problem is easily sorted out and Finn spends the next month (and the second installment, Monty’s First Date,) getting to know Kaylee and Aiden on “play dates”. The mutual attraction between Finn and Aiden has been growing. Now it is time for a real date. Aiden forgets he is taking antibiotics, has too much wine and loosens up just a bit.
In the third part of the story, Monty Meets The Ex, we find Finn and Aiden struggling to find “adult” time (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). With the help of a friend’s brother, Finn is able to surprise Aiden with a weekend away at the coast. Of course, with these guys, nothing can go smoothly. They run into Aiden’s ex boyfriend. While their relationship is pretty new and untested, Finn and Aiden are able to get past the awkwardness.
This book was a little longer than the first two. It is also the first time we get to read any sex scenes. As usual with Lisa Worrall, the scenes are hot enough to burn up the page.
In the fourth installment Meeting Monty’s Parents, Aiden is not looking forward to it. His experience with his own family hasn’t been good and he has never met a boyfriend’s family before. Of course, they love Aiden and Kaylee as much as we do! What’s not to love?
The slow-blossoming love between these two men is sweet. The complications that come in the form of an arrest, a daughter, an Aunt, an ex and an entire family at once are all overcome with a healthy dose of laughter. I can’t wait to see what they get up to next! I’m sure if you start reading, you won’t be able to wait for the next one either. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Tina
I Can See for Miles
Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of the one you love, is by far, the truest type of love. – Henry David Thoreau
I have read a few novels with blind MCs, but this book seemed to be so real to me. Josh and Charlie are two very different men with two very different sight issues. Josh lost his sight completely after an accident while white water rafting. Charlie has cataracts that only minimally respond to surgery for a short amount of time. One thing they do seem to have in common is they have both cornered the market on horrible ex-boyfriends.
The story starts with Josh going to a camp for the blind. His best friends, Greg and Mario, have decided Josh needs to get out of the house and start to live again. During check-in at the camp, Josh hears a voice that starts to thaw the icy walls he built around his heart. Charlies’ voice is the first thing in a long time that has made Josh want to live again. Charlie, however, is not going to be an easy nut to crack. Between meddling best friends and some time spent with a very slobbery horse Josh and Charlie start to move forward toward a relationship, that is until Charlie puts the brakes on out of the blue.
After a visit to the doctor for Charlie he gets some bad news that sends him into an emotional tailspin that lands him on Josh’s front porch. After a night of making love, the two men start to grow closer and spend as much time together as they can. One night Josh swoops in and takes Charlie out for a moonlit horseride to “their spot” by the river. After making love Josh has a terrible accident and nearly dies. Charlie feels that with his vision failing he can’t protect Josh, so he lets him go. Unfortunately for Josh, Charlie doesn’t let him down easy.
After months of suffering, Mario steps in to try to reunite Josh and Charlie. Josh finds out that Charlie has been keeping secrets, but he still loves him. The reunion between them is full of confessions. Confessions of love and of sacrifice.
These two men do get their HEA, but the road is full of bumps and curves. Come along for the wild ride and you might just fall in love with them the way I did. Josh has a wicked sense of humor and Charlies’ friends and family kept me laughing. The love between them was fast forming but enduring. So, come along for the ride and maybe you will see for miles and miles also.
Reviewed by: Jackie