Author: Megan Slayer
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages/Word Count: 80 Pages
At a Glance: A sweet and interesting look at life and love in a small town.
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: Colin Baker owns a book store and he’s back in Cedarwood with his son. He’s looking for a new start after a bad breakup, but he never expected that start to include his old crush, Officer Jordan Hargrove. Jordan hasn’t come out, but if he can score with Colin, then he’s all in. He’s dreamed of hot nights with the quiet man.
After a speeding ticket and some hurt feelings, sparks fly between the bookstore owner and the police officer, but Cedarwood is a small town with small town values, and a gay couple isn’t what the town expects. Colin’s created a support group for single gay fathers and he feels he’s making some difference in Cedarwood. Some folks in Cedarwood are fine with these two men reconnecting, but some aren’t.
Will the naysayers be enough to drive Colin and Jordan apart, or will they make their way together in this small town.
Review: Megan Slayer is a new to me author, and I enjoyed my first go round with her. I love stories with kids in them, especially if they have some impact on the relationship and aren’t just cardboard characters. Slayer doesn’t disappoint in her characters or her capture of small town life, even if there was much more telling of the story than showing.
While I had other issues with the book, Slayer’s characters felt real and reacted humanly, if that makes any sort of sense. And it was this aspect that had me from the get-go. I was fully engrossed, within minutes of opening the book, in Colin and Gage’s life. There are real issues addressed in this story: homophobia, acceptance, relationships and sexuality, and they are well handled and developed.
There were a few gaps in the storytelling, but it all fell into place and was resolved somewhat realistically with a happy ending for all. I loved the support Jordan and Colin received from both their families and the outside community, barring a few homophobic townsfolk. The insta-love happens so quickly between Jordan and Colin, but care is taken when introducing the relationship to Gage. I really enjoyed this aspect as well as some of the other characters introduced in the book. I am looking forward to more from Megan Slayer and Cedarwood’s townsfolk.
You can buy Home to Cedarwood here: