Title: The Cowboy In Unit E
Series: A Mockingbird Place Novel
Author: Kris Cook
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
The good news is the most gorgeous cowboy I've ever seen is moving in next door to me. The bad news? He's not alone. Hanging on his arm is a very pregnant woman. Are they a couple? It sure looks like they are. So not only is he not gay, but he also has a girlfriend, or a wife, or whatever. Just my luck.
21-year old Trace Cotton is an artist who never shows his paintings to anyone. When cowboy Luke Wagner moves into Mockingbird Place with a very pregnant Ava, Trace believes he must fight his attraction to Luke since he’s taken.
When Ava collapses outside Trace’s apartment, he comes to her rescue. Things aren’t what they seem on the surface, but when Trace finds out the truth will it be too late for a chance at something real with Luke?
Warning: contains hot showers with singing, two sexy men kissing, and sexual situations taking place in a 10-unit Mediterranean complex filled with college-aged hotties.
“Yes, I recommend the series. Smokin' hot and smart men who are not afraid to expose their feelings or get in touch with their emotional side. Well done, again, Mr. Cook! I look forward to the next book - impatiently!“ ~4 Star Review from Happily Ever Chapter
Here in the second book of the Mockingbird Place series, we get the story of Trace and Luke. It's a pretty quick read just like the first book from the series, and we get the quirky returning cast of characters that I enjoyed the first time around, plus we get to learn more about our two main characters.
The story starts off with a misunderstanding between Trace and Luke which is resolved pretty quickly, but then another bit of drama is introduced to keep the tension up. This is also addressed rather easily, and it is followed by one of the two central plot points (Ava giving birth) that help bring Trace and Luke together. The other central point is much more emotional and could possibly be a trigger for some reading (child molestation), but is handled with care and serves as another means to cement the relationship being forged between Trace and Luke.
I did feel like this story did not flow quite as smoothly as the first book of the series did, and Trace and Luke's relationship seemed to move pretty fast, but we do get to see character growth (primarily with Trace), and we also get a quick glimpse toward the next couple from the series (can't wait for Jackson and Eli's story!).
The Cowboy in Unit E was a 3.5-star read for me, and it does still have my interest piqued for the rest of the series. Recommended for 18+ for the adult M/M sexual content.
Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I’ve been out since I was twenty-five." A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris' influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Last year, Kris married the love of his life Stephen.