Thursday, April 11, 2013

REVIEW: "City Mouse" by Aleksandr Voinov and Amy Lane


City Mouse (Country Mouse, #2)
City Mouse by Aleksandr Voinov and Amy Lane
(Country Mouse #2)

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For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- March 18, 2013
Ebook, 160 pages
Received from Netgalley

SUMMARY
A magical weekend, a breathless declaration, a happy ever after . . . Right?  Wrong.

When Malcolm Kavanagh took his first step toward emotional maturity by declaring his love to Owen Watson, that was just the first chapter in their story. Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that happy endings take a lot more work than that.

One problem: Malcolm has never been in love. He doesn’t know the rules of a relationship and isn’t confident enough to trust that his is real. He learns the ropes by sharing his life and his flat with Owen, but relationship boot camp proves a challenge. Everything is a struggle, from accepting Owen’s low-status job to putting his boyfriend above his personal trainer.

Luckily, Owen knows a little more about relationships, and labors patiently to survive the first six weeks of their life together. From the art galleries of Cambridge to the tawdry majesty of the Dominion theatre, Owen adapts to England while Malcolm adapts to the whole human race. Maybe, if Owen is patient enough and Malcolm learns to give, the two of them can make it past Relationship Armageddon to a real happy ending.


FIRST LINE
The bad thing about a fictional Chinese prawns food poisoning was that it couldn't possibly outlast a real one.

MY THOUGHTS
Back in September, I described Voinov and Lane's Country Mouse as an entertaining novella that was short, sweet and to the point.  So I was excited to see them reunite to continue Malcolm and Owen's story especially with the way the first book ended...wonderful groveling moment!  And, while I did not like this one as much as the first, I still thought it was well-written and enjoyable.  City Mouse picks up pretty quickly where Country Mouse left off.  Malcolm admitted his feelings for Owen and convinced him to stay in England with him.  Now, these two have to figure out how to navigate the always tumultuous world of coupledom.

My favorite part of this book was the way that the characters were written and developed which is difficult in a book that is less than 200 pages.  Both Owen and Malcolm seem to jump off the page especially with the alternating points of view that the two authors provide.  I do wish that Owen was depicted with a few more flaws since he does have moments of being too perfect.  But, it is obvious that Malcolm's journey is the main focus of these books and for good reason.  He has made major strides since the first book, but still has fears about abandonment especially with Owen.

The plot of City Mouse isn't extremely unique, but that does nothing to detract from its enjoyability.  Readers get to see Malcolm and Owen go through a series of moments over the course of six weeks such as Owen getting a job, going on sightseeing tours, and just learning how to live with each other.  There is just something about the writing style that captured my attention and kept it throughout the story despite the seemingly simplistic storyline.  I definitely recommend this book for fans of the first story and hope that there will be more of Malcolm and Owen's story in the future.

THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND RIPTIDE PUBLISHING FOR PROVIDING ME WITH A FREE E-COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Country Mouse
City Mouse

AMY LANE'S INFORMATION
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ALEKSANDR VOINOV'S INFORMATION
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