Title: Bowl Full of Cherries
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Genre: Contemporary/ Holiday
Length: Novel (214 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 5, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.
Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
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Review: Crowley Fredericks is sent a text message from his mother telling him not to bother coming home for the holidays, as no one will be there to pick him up from the airport. Upon hearing this his roommate and best friend, Tyler, immediately tells him he’s coming home with him for the holidays but he has to take a different flight as his is booked up. When Crowley meets Rell, Tyler’s twin brother, there is an immediate attraction.
Crowley seemed very shy and insecure about himself as a result of being bullied by an older guy. I really felt for him and didn’t understand why people are so cruel. Along the way and with the help of Tyler’s family he slowly begins to have more confidence in himself.
Rell seemed like a caring individual who didn’t yet know what he wanted to do with life. He’s never dated a guy before but is deeply attracted to Crowley. He tries his best to comfort Crowley when things become too much for him.
I really liked the way that Crowley and Rell helped each other overcome the things holding them back. It was a long journey full of drama and sad stories but also full of love and understanding. Although I didn’t like Tyler trying to keep them apart, I did understand why he felt the need to do so.
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