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Tallowwood Kindle Edition
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About the Author
N. R. Walker is an Australian author who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn't have it any other way.
Antony Ferguson, Earphones Award-winning narrator, was born in London. He has performed successfully on both sides of the Atlantic and has played many leading roles in theater, film, and television.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07YB6LCVK
- Publisher : BlueHeart Press (23 September 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1572 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 46,958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I just loved every moment of this book!
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4.5 stars from me. Once again, this story just goes to show that there is nothing this woman can't write, and why she will continue to be an auto-buy for me...congrats Nic!! I may not like all the stories she writes, but that's all down to personal taste, which is of course how it should be.
Yes, this is a murder mystery with an added side of romance. Working out the 'how' was far more complicated than the 'who' actually for me, being a lover of murder mysteries...the perpetrator/s were quite well telegraphed and I knew the 'who' would come out in the wash, hopefully sooner rather than later. The detective work put in by 2 very capable officers, passionate about their jobs, was bound to pay off eventually...they just needed the right people to listen to them. You shouldn't have to jump through hoops to catch a serial killer/s just because your senior officers don't like to be reminded of things in the past and are too near their retirement date.
My main focus in this story were August and Jake, the two MC's themselves, and as is usually the case with one of Nic's stories, I fell in love with both of them and was chuffed to bits at the little epilogue.
Brilliant book, brilliant read, don’t miss out
3.5/4 stars for plot and general writing of story
1 star for Magical Healing Cck sex scene as a direct result of an extremely vulnerable main character having an emotional breakdown and the other main character displaying controlling behaviour that isn't framed as abuse, but absolutely reads like it could potentially lead to it.
I'm so disappointed to give this story so few stars - the murder mystery element of this book was very readable (apart from a somewhat predicatable end) and I usually really enjoy this author's work. I just couldn't believe how the controlling main character was portrayed basically taking advantage of the other extremely vulnerable MC, along with how one of the very few female characters was treated - her ending and whole motivation was just shockingly bad.
Okay so *spoilers* here - Jake sent up so many red flags for me. Yes, he admits he's bossy. But ordering August's food for him - not giving August a choice what that food is - barely allowing August to even speak, among other things? Presuming he's welcome in August's bed? Yes, Jake apparently feels bad when August calls him out on this last one, but it doesn't stop from getting in *at the same time as asking*, thus removing August's choice, and then staying there. It felt very unclear to me whether August was *actually* okay with this, or just believed/told himself he was because this was the only human interaction of any note he'd had in *eight years* and he'd literally just just had an emotional break down. Like, wow.
The Magical Healing Cck made me wince and skim read - the whole scene in which they got together just smacked so much of taking advantage, even if unintentional. **Major spoilers here** August, who is without friends or family and entirely alone, extremely vulnerable, grief-stricken, repressed, deeply unhappy, is finally able to cry over the death of his partner after eight years and experience some catharsis. I hoped - I really, really hoped - that they would hug it out, talk about it and Jake would take care of August emotionally and physically... and NOT sexually. But no. Not only does this lead directly to their first kiss, but also the first time they have sex. Like... okay, apparently August wanted it - or thought he wanted it. Apparently it 'helped'. But was he really truly in a clear mind and able to consent? Was it *really* a good time for it to happen?
However much either of them wanted it and however much August 'felt better' as a result of Jake's Magical Healing Cck, having sex with someone who has just had an emotional break down is *not okay*. It's not healthy in any way - why not have had sex the next day, when August had had a bit of time to himself after his break down. And especially this Magical Healing Cck sex happening with Jake, who is described as "bossy" in both their words and is very controlling, who basically seems to seek to run August's life in many ways... yeah, no. I was glad to see August have a little backbone and manage to make a decision (about food) on Jake's behalf later on, but Jake still managed to keep on telling August what to do, such as insisting August go running when he clearly stated repeatedly that he didn't want to. And August, so desperate for that return to life and feeling he'd finally regained, just kept on doing it as he was told.
I was glad to see in the epilogue that things apparently worked out for them and that August did manage to make some friends at his new work place, so his entire existence didn't resolve around Jake - and that he actually got to say as much. But thinking of these two existing in real life and of real life partners treating each other like that... not good. And not something I wanted to read about either, which was a real shame because I otherwise liked both characters and enjoyed the plot (with those couple of reservations mentioned earlier). I just can't help but wonder in how many other ways Jake would come to control August's life in the future and where the line is between "bossy" and abusive. Jake certainly mentioned controlling things in the bedroom, which August *appeared* to have no problem with - readers only know this because the narration said as much - but again Jake just *told* him this and didn't even ask for his opinion; *Jake* doesn't know August is okay with this, he just assumes. Consent is important, you two!!
While I hope and trust the way Jake comes across isn't the authorial intent, I felt compelled to write this review as I do feel it only fair for future readers to have a heads up on going into this story to avoid potentially being triggered.
Jake is such a wonderful likeable character and whilst I'd say he played a slight side part to the grizzly August, he filled his pages with lustre.
Once again we have a great bunch of side characters in Jake's family, and I loved the nods to his heritage and their beliefs.
This book has a bit of everything, love, heartache, corruption, murder, theft, death and destruction. I obsessively turned the pages in the same way August hunted for the killer, until we reached the satisfying conclusion.
A real gem of a book.