Author: Amelia Bishop
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (116 pages)
Publisher: Amelia Bishop (August 12th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Harrison is a botanist, working in the forest. Jackson is a man with a secret, hiding there.
By luck, or fate, they cross paths and form a fast friendship. As their relationship grows more serious, they each see in the other a chance for real happiness.
But Jackson’s past mistakes are not easily overcome, and it will take all of Harrison’s love and patience for them to find a happy ending
Review: Out of the Woods is a short and endearing story about love, life, and consequences. Harrison is a botanist and teacher trekking through the woods while researching his book. Jackson is a loner and a recluse who finds solace within the woods. He’s built a home and has cut off all contact with the outside world. That is until Harris stumbles into his life.
There is a mutual attraction that only grows over weekends spent together in Jack’s cabin surrounded only by nature, and each other. But Jack is afraid to let the real world become a part of his everyday life again, no matter how much he wants to be with Harris. The couple has no secrets as Jack told Harris about his past from the start. But the past has a way of catching up with you, especially when you run like hell trying to escape it, rather than face it. Ultimately, they find a way to build a life together centered on compromise and love. Jack is really thrown for a loop when his past catches up not so much with him, but with Harris.
This was a delightful and endearing story that brought tears to my eyes a couple of times. Jack is perfectly happy wallowing in his self-pity until Harris comes along and pulls him out of his stupor. Harris was patient, kind, and gentle as Jack learned how to live again, with him. Although this is a short story, it was quite in-depth following the lives of these two men over roughly a two-year time frame, as they only grew closer over every page. Definitely a must read for fans of a HEA ending that is based within reality with a little bit of a struggle to achieve that happiness.