Bowl Full of Cherries Tour Stop!


 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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Wow! This book was amazing! Ms. O’Tierney managed to fully invest me in Crowley’s plight by halfway through the first chapter.  I felt so sorry for Averell as well.  It just seems like everyone in both of their lives discounted, wrote off or just plain didn’t care about either of them. There are so many relatable elements in this story that I think everyone can find something that applies to them on one level or another.
This book is about acceptance, accepting one’s self and not trying to conform to the wants and expectations of others.  Both of these men have been burying their true selves for so long, but they recognize a kindred spirit and
cling to one another. It was so wonderful to watch them bond and encourage each other to pursue their dreams.
I was so invested in this book I did not realize it was almost over until it was. But there was a little tidbit at the end that has me just begging for the next book. I had a love/hate relationship with Tyler the whole book and I have a feeling the next book in the series will explain why he acts the way he does. I am very much anticipating the next book in this series so I hope it comes LONG before next Christmas!
Even through the snow, Rell didn’t feel the cold. His face burned with the excitement of escaping the Livery and absconding with his brother’s best friend. He clasped Crowley’s hand, pulling him through the street. They ran and skidded and laughed, moving farther and farther away from the club.

 

“It’s beautiful tonight,” Crowley breathed and Rell squeezed tighter. “Doesn’t it weird you out though?”

 

“Nope.”

 

Rell knew what Crowley was asking—didn’t even pretend that he didn’t. Stopping, he tugged lightly so Crowley came stumbling up beside him. He twined his arms around Crowley’s waist and held him for a moment, right there in the middle of the sidewalk.

 

“Does it weird you out? I’m your best friend’s brother.”

 

“Not weirded out at all.” Crowley shook his head. His dark eyes shimmered with concern. “But for you… I mean, it was loud in there and hot and fun and there was alcohol and… sometimes… things just happen and—”

 

“Yeah, things happen,” Rell agreed. “Except I’ve been to a lot of stupid hipster clubs with a lot of Tyler’s friends and….” He leaned forward and kissed Crowley again, letting the experience linger, melting the chill between them. He tasted like nogtini. “And nothing like that has ever happened.”

 

“But… do you even like guys?”

 

“Owl. You’re a guy. I like you.”

 

“But have you been with a guy?”

 

“Why are you over-thinking this?” Rell asked, gently cupping the side of Crowley’s face.
 Raine O’Tierney, a passionate believer in what she calls The Sweetness, writes positive stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and.friskiness? When she’s not writing, Raine can be found fighting the good fight for
intellectual freedom at her library day job.
Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. She changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Raine lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author and sometimes writing partner, Siôn O’Tierney.
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