Author: Kate Sherwood
Reviewed by: Stephen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781615816712
When Kyle Champlain’s grandmother, Molly, passes away, he returns to Wetlake, Canada, to settle her estate. Kyle spent his summers in Wetlake as a child, and now he has the chance to renew his acquaintance with some old friends, including Ryan Summers, before going home to Chicago. But when Kyle tries to pressure Ryan into a business decision, their renewed friendship—and any possible attraction–is almost immediately on the rocks.
As Kyle begins to deliver the personalized bequests from Molly’s will, he meets an odd assortment of people from all walks of life and realizes he has a lot to learn about living and love. But he’ll have to fight his parents, suspicious beneficiaries, and Ryan’s fears if he plans to stay in Wetlake
Kyle Champlain (Casey) used to spend every idyllic summer with his grandma Molly at her cabin in Wetlake, Ontario. But when his parents caught Casey and friend Ryan Summers being affectionate behind a large tree, Casey and and his folks fled back to Chicago and that’s the last time he saw his Grandma and that “Summers boy.”
Now Kyle has grown up and started running his own chain of Chicago area gyms and if his parents still aren’t comfortable with his sexual preferences, at least there’s an uneasy truce of sorts. But when his grandmother dies leaving Casey as her executor, he’s required to return to Wetlake to deliver some bequests and get the cabin ready for quick resale. Finding Ryan Summers has an iron-clad five year lease on his grandmother’s shed is just the first bump in the plan and after meeting Ryan’s 11 year old son and his grandma’s persnickety cat Kyle realizes that his trip is not going to go all to plan.
This book was an unexpected pleasure to read on several fronts. The prose is well written. The story-line appealed to this small town born and bred boy who’d quite forgotten how living in the big city hardens you. Plus, I’m a sucker for books that deal with the formation and/or improvement in one’s character and this story had those elements in spades. Finally, the American in me found the Canadian aspects of the story appealing. We “ugly Americans/U.S. Citizens” often tend to think of Canadians with a sibling affection.
As to the cover… Who knew? I’m a leg man! While the framing and cargo shorts keep it wholesome and innocent, I found the cover pic appealing and would very much like to know… just what exactly is making his toes cur like that?
Though the setting makes this a perfect beach read, I’d suggest that you not wait until next summer, read this one soon.