Freckles, Amy Lane
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
I love Amy’s writing, she creates characters I can believe in, scenes and incidents that feel real. So I was expecting to love this book – after all, its an Amy story and with a dog – what’s not to love?
Sadly though I liked it, the characters and settings were as usual very real feeling, I just didn’t like the actual storyline.
It was just too cutesy, too sweet, so much so that I felt my teeth aching.
I loved Cater and Sandy, loved the way they were with each other, enjoyed the other characters in the story, Sandy and Carter’s work colleagues, and of course their families. Loved Sandy’s mum!
Then there’s Freckles, and who couldn’t adore her, she was perfect for Carter, just what he needed and typical of a dog she’s calling the tune (something I know too well having been taught by Roxie that a dogs place is on the bed, right up by my pillow, preferably sprawled over some part of my body…)
So all that was good but the story, it really was just Carter meets Sandy via Freckles and a little backstory and friction via his work.
Horrible boss, they happen and that’s soul sucking. Carter had a choice though about whether to stay working for him, but until he met Sandy he was kind of head in sand about the immorality of the job, and just kidding himself he had no options.
Job apart there was little angst here, it was all sweet-and-cute, rainbows-and-unicorns, blue-sky-and-sunshine, and for me I need angst, some sadness to balance the sweet, something to make me feel really relieved that after all the indications to the contrary things could work out. Here I never had any doubt they would work, didn’t ever feel there was any danger of a split, and though that made for an easy read I missed the angst, passion, emotion I was expecting.
If you want a short happy Christmas read this is perfect, If like me you want more drama then you may feel as I do, this is not really your kind of story.
Stars: two and a half – I liked the idea, loved the characters but missed the drama
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher