The Secret of Hunter’s Bog by Ally Blue #mm #review @PopessAllyBlue @RiptideBooks

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For Koichi McNab, the shop he and his twin sister Kimmy are opening in Hunter’s Bog Mall is a fresh start after their old one burned down. A way to move on. Especially when he meets the hunky owner of the luxury camping goods store next door. Koichi’s never been an outdoorsy guy, but Will Hood just might change his mind.

Will came to Southern Alabama to establish his own life away from his big, intrusive family—and in hopes of finding Anthony, the lover who vanished two years ago. But meeting Koichi throws everything off-kilter. Anthony was a long time ago. Koichi’s right here, smart and funny and cute, and Will wants him.

As Koichi and Will become friends, then lovers, Will’s past and Koichi’s present tangle into a dangerous knot that brings them face-to-face with secrets, theft, treachery . . . maybe even murder. With their lives on the line, their only way to safety is together. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 April's Showering Words

When you feel guilty for loosing your family’s business and building even if by accident, how do you move forward?  Koichi almost died in the fire that took the building and business a few months ago.  Koichi and his twin Kimmy are starting over in a new area with security and more foot traffic.   They now know that the Fire was arson to cover a theft.  Koichi is feeling guilty over the loss of the family building and jewelry that was lost.

Will Hood the man who makes every sense Koichi has sing, is their new neighbor at the store.  Will is looking for answers about something that happened to him years ago.  He has followed the clues to Alabama to get answers.  But he is drawn to Koichi and there is no good reason to fight it.  They are great together.  But life intervenes, another brake-in this time Koichi’s home is ran-sacked, things stolen.  They witness odd exchanges out in the bog.  Danger seems to follow them, yet they don’t know why.

Koichi is my favorite character in this story, he is complex with many layers that you just have to feel your way through.   I thought I knew what was going on and who was braking in to their store, but I was completely wrong.  Wonderfully written kept me guessing till the end.  Will is just as complex in a different way.  He is more stunted I think in how he expresses his feelings. The way he thinks things through is also kinda round about.  Like said kept me guessing through the whole story.

Wonderfully written, complex characters surprises all throughout.

5 stars

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