Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Counting Down by Kelly Jensen

Title: Counting Down
Author: Kelly Jensen
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Counting #2
Main Characters: Marc and Henry
Release Date: March 2017
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends. 

Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?

My Review:
This is a continuation of the story that started in Counting Fence Posts. In fact, this story takes place just a week after the other one ended...on New Years Eve. But instead of being trapped inside a car during a blizzard, this time the guys are trapped in the basement of the building where they planned to attend a new year's eve party. (Seriously...these guys are kind of jinxed.)

But that's also kind of good because all of these hours together are really turning into quality time between the two of them that they really need. While they are fairly secure in what is happening between the two of them...because Marc has never considered himself to be gay...there are all kinds of questions that still remain out there about how all this will work. He'd planned on this party being his big "coming out" moment, but he may not really have thought through exactly what that meant to the TWO of them. 

Kelly Jensen rocks writing the short story. Seriously, she packs so much depth into such a small word count. Every time I read one of her novellas, I'm blown away by her ability to tell her story in that limited space. 

This story cracked me up...just because...omg, even the guys talk about what rotten luck this is and that takes them into discussions of 'worst dates ever'. Since this was supposed to be their 'official' first date, I feel so awful for them, but thought that it really turned out to be such a better 'quality' date for the two of them and where they are in their relationship. 

I don't think their story is done, and I sincerely hope that Kelly will bring us back to Marc and Henry when they are actually settled in their relationship. I love them so much...even more now...and I'm ready to see them really in a good place....because while their story was amazing, I'm not sure I trust the HEA yet. Although it's a great HFN.

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

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