I think Kate Sherwood is the one author in the genre I was scared off of so completely early on, that I never kind of got up to trying her stuff. I’m not even sure how it happened…You see this was before I was baptized in the church of Amy Lane, and I got scared off easy with any threat of angstiness…So long story short, this is my first Kate Sherwood read. I REALLY REALLY LIKED IT! First of all, it was not very angsty at all. Second, it had great humor, amazing supporting characters, and a couple of heroes that carried the romance pretty solidly without overpowering the interesting personalities that popped up throughout the story. I liked the dynamic between Mackenzie and Joe a lot. They were reluctant, and not ready to surrender at first…But it was hard staying away from something that felt so right.
For this book, I wanted something to drink that was reliable and not too fussy, like Joe, but also good at a party and with a nice sleek look, like Mac. I chose a very affordable French Grenache Syrah blend, the 2011 Pere Et Fils Grenache Syrah from the Laurent Miguel Winery is flavorful, but not overwhelming. It has lovely fragrance and a surprisingly light taste for a blend of such intense grapes. It is about $9.00 a bottle, so a great choice all around. This wine is just perfect to sip while reading about two men clearly meant for each other, who just had to get over themselves and FALL.
Mackenzie is out of his depths. He is in the middle of nowhere in in the Canadian countryside and has nothing to his name other than an old church building he bought on a whim, his dog and a pretty extensive (and fashionable!) wardrobe. His great idea of setting the church up as a place to host gay weddings, is looking less and less brilliant now that the can’t count on this sugar daddy’s money to renovate the place. He is kind of freaking out when the contractor comes in to take a look. The contractor, Will, and his brother Joe are two strapping types, the likes of which one would expect to find in the great outdoors. Joe is not much of a talker, but according to Mac’s gossipy neighbor, gayer than a rainbow. BINGO…Ummm well that certainly adds some appeal to country life. If only Joe ever spoke, looked (without glaring) or even acknowledged Mac’s presence…
Joe does not have time for dating, much less for prissy city boys deluding themselves with unrealistic business ventures. He has a lot of responsibilities. Since his parents died he has pretty much been in charge of the ranch and his siblings. His twin brother helps, but when his younger brother got a girl pregnant in high school, and couldn’t care for the baby, Joe stepped up to care for his nephew. Austin is four now, and pretty much the light of the family’s life. Joe is specially attached to the little boy, frankly his life is way to busy to think about romance…And he has to keep reminding himself of that every time the temptation to go over to Mac’s place and ravage him gets a little hard too handle.
He gives in though, because seriously who could resist that amount of sexy, interested and VERY willing male just a few minutes away! Joe is human after all. Once they get started, things were just so easy, so familiar. Mac and Joe came together like they fit. Everything is delicious when they are together. They kept things casual of course, things are uncertain for Mac’s venture, Joe can’t commit with all this obligations to the farm and the family. It’s all for the best really, but the heart does what it likes, and by the time their baggage comes a calling, they are both pretty far gone.
I liked how this book made the trouble between Mac and Joe feel like something that needed to be resolved, so they could EVOLVE, but I never had the uneasiness that things would go horribly wrong (and it was a close thing a couple of times!). I liked Mac’s earnestness in his interest in Joe. Joe was a bit frustrating at times, but he was also real believable, it is SO EASY to let family and obligations take over. One minute we are young and carefree. The next time we look around ten years have passed, and we are bogged down by our duties, even if those duties are done out of love. I liked that Mac could see that Joe had a life he didn’t want to give up, but that he could use someone who could make the load lighter, someone to love HIM. I love where they arrived, and that in the end it all came down to being a little selfless, doing the right thing, and SAYING WHAT THEY FELT.
This was not an overly complicated story, but it had enough substance it made feel like I had earned that happy ending. Very nice writing as well,now I have to go, and do a search on Ms. Sherwood’s work and get to reading!
Recommend this one.
The Fall is available for for purchase here.
I hope you enjoy the story and the wine!
Cheers and Happy Reading!