The Ecology of Lonesomeness by David J. O’Brien

The Ecology of LonesomenessKaleb Schwartz isn’t interested in the Loch Ness Monster. He’d enough cryptobiological speculation about Bigfoot while studying the Pacific Northwest forests. He’s in Scotland’s Great Glen to investigate aquatic food webs and nutrients cycles; if he proves there’s no food for any creature bigger than a pike, then so much the better.

Jessie McPherson has returned to Loch Ness after finishing university in London, hoping to avoid the obsession with its dark waters she had when younger and first discovered lonesomeness. She knows any relationship with a scientist studying the lake is a bad idea, but something about Kaleb makes her throw caution to the depths.

When Kaleb discovers Jessie’s lonesomeness refers not just to the solitude of the loch, he’s faced with an ecological problem of monstrous proportions. Can he find a way to satisfy both the man and the scientist inside himself, and do the right thing? addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Sara Squared_s MusingsTAG

Once in a while a book takes you completely by surprise. This was one of those books for me.

Kaleb is in Scotland on a purely educational and scientific excursion. He doesn’t care about the claims of the Loch Ness Monster or any other mysteries surrounding this lonesome loch. He wants to do his research and that’s it. When he meets Jessie, it takes him by surprise that he falls in love with her. Jessie grew up surrounded by the lonesomeness of the loch and is unlike anyone Kaleb has ever met. The real question is if he can balance the scientist in himself with the man in love, and if he can look past Jessie’s secrets.

I can only describe how I felt while reading this book as captivated. It somehow managed to balance a lot of science with love and make it so NOT boring. It has the mysteries of Loch Ness intertwined with the mysteries of Jessie’s heart is such a creative way that I was truly blow away by this book – and I wasn’t expecting that.

I’ll be honest, too, that I don’t think a lot of books by men in the romance genre really and truly portray women correctly. But, this author manages to do that with Jessie very well. She is a complicated character and she manages to be complicated without being whiney or annoying – which is always a plus!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think if you’re looking for something that is a little different in the romance genre you really need to pick this one up. I think you’ll love it as much as I did.


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