Monday, October 31, 2016

Review & Giveaway: MUST LIKE SPINACH by Con Riley

Con Riley - Must Like Spinach

Release Date: October 21, 2016

Length: 84,200 words

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Jon's future in New York seems bright. He's on the corporate fast track as an executive problem solver, but somehow he can't help feeling hollow. Yearning for a life spent outdoors makes no sense if he wants to flourish in this city, nor does losing his cool with clients when they make bad decisions. Only leaving the East Coast behind for three months can save his business reputation.

His exile in Seattle has unexpected upsides. Jon's rented home has a garden where his true passions blossom. It's overgrown yet idyllic - perfect if he didn't have to share it with another tenant. Tyler might be as cute as hell, and their landlady adores him, but Jon can't let himself fall for someone who seems lazy.

Three months could be enough time to see Tyler clearly, but choosing which to nurture long-term - love or a business career - might take Jon longer than one summer.

Carra's Review

Everything about this book from its title to its characters to its characters' words and actions is an exercise in not everything being what it seems...not judging a book by its cover...and not jumping to conclusions about a person based on what you see and hear on the surface.  I do confess that at first I was not one hundred percent pulled in to the story-but the deeper into it I got, the more that changed until I didn't want to put it down.

I really loved these characters.  It was extremely easy for me to identify with Jon from the aspect of wanting to speak his mind to his clients, even if that's not what he is supposed to do, and getting lost in a task when he needs to decompress.  He has an innate need to do the right thing, and to follow his heart as opposed to his head.  Now Tyler-he's just amazing.  He is incredibly selfless, taking care of others and shouldering responsibility even when it's not really his to take on.  He is so sweet and trusting, and is far and away my favorite character in this story.  I like how the relationship between Jon and Tyler develops over time as they slowly learn more about each other, and by the end the bond between them feels strong and right.

The cast of supporting characters is diverse and as I mentioned before-not everyone is as they seem.  Discovering everyone's true self is half the fun of this story, and each and every one of them continually adds more and more depth the further into the story you get.  By the end, I was completely wrapped up in all of them and I was actually wishing for more to read because I didn't want to let them go...especially Jon and Tyler.  That ending was wonderful, and I was left with a case of the happy sighs.

Must Like Spinach is a delightful story that gets 4.5 stars from me (and a couple of extra happy sighs).  I highly recommend this to M/M romance fans, and this one's for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.

Author Bio

Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.

When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don't disturb herÛsheÌs probably thinking up new plots.


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