Saturday, July 23, 2016

Counting Fence Posts by Kelly Jensen

Title:  Counting Fence Posts
Author: Kelly Jensen
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Marc and Henry
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
There are over two hundred thousand fence posts between Syracuse and Boston. Henry Auttenberg likes numbers—it’s his job—but he isn’t going to count them all, even if the view outside the rental car is less confounding than the driver, his attractive but oh so obnoxious colleague, Marcus Winnamore. It’s Christmas Eve, and Henry would much rather be home with his family. When the blizzard that grounded their flight forces them off the road, however, he’s stuck with Marc until the storm passes—or a plow digs them out.

As the temperature outside plummets, the atmosphere inside the car slowly heats up. Henry learns the true reason for Marc’s chilly distance—he’s not exactly straight… maybe… and he’s been fantasizing about Henry’s mouth, among other things. Confession laid out, Marc is all for sharing body heat… and more. Henry isn’t interested in being an experiment, but as the night and cold deepen, he could be convinced to balance certain risk against uncertain reward.

My Review:
One of my most favorite tropes of all time is when love interests get stuck in a snowstorm, but usually that means stuck in a cabin with a cozy fireplace while the storm rages outside. In this book, there isn't that safety parameter. No, these two men are trapped in a ditch in a blizzard and the likelihood of someone finding them seems rather grim. So, you know, the need to exchange body heat is absolutely imperative (see, this is why I love this trope so much!)

No, but seriously, this is a quick little read, but Kelly Jensen managed to pack a ton of story into very few pages. These guys have worked together for 2 1/2 years. While the story is only told from Henry's pov, it quickly becomes obvious that they've both been hiding their attraction to one another for a while. But not only do they work together, but Marc isn't out of the closet. In fact, until he met Henry, he didn't even consider that there was a closet about himself. (I do like a good gay-for-you trope, too.)

The story is fast and it actually only takes place over about 12 hours times, but I never felt short-changed. I didn't even doubt the validity of where these two went from there. I loved how Marc didn't really know what he was doing, but he was very self-assured in all of it. And I also loved Henry's analytical mind. He's very conscious about things...from counting the fenceposts to weighing the pros and cons of doing this thing with Marc, he thinks it all through. 

It was a sweet, romantic story with just a hint of possible life-threatening frost-bite, but snuggling is a very, very good thing. I think you'll probably like this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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