A magical weekend, a breathless declaration, a happy ever after . . . Right?
When Malcolm Kavanagh took his first step toward emotional maturity by declaring his love to Owen Watson, that was just the first chapter in their story. Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that happy endings take a lot more work than that.
One problem: Malcolm has never been in love. He doesn’t know the rules of a relationship and isn’t confident enough to trust that his is real. He learns the ropes by sharing his life and his flat with Owen, but relationship boot camp proves a challenge. Everything is a struggle, from accepting Owen’s low-status job to putting his boyfriend above his personal trainer.
Luckily, Owen knows a little more about relationships, and labors patiently to survive the first six weeks of their life together. From the art galleries of Cambridge to the tawdry majesty of the Dominion theatre, Owen adapts to England while Malcolm adapts to the whole human race. Maybe, if Owen is patient enough and Malcolm learns to give, the two of them can make it past Relationship Armageddon to a real happy ending.
Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte
Aleksandr Voinov and Amy Lane can’t do much wrong in our eyes; they gave us a great emotional sequel that had angst, passion, love and hope.
We first met Malcolm and Owen in Country Mouse which we loved. This unlikely relationship is still going strong in City Mouse. Well kind of. What with Malcolm’s snobbish attitude, work ethics and slight case of relationship OCD it’s no wonder laid back Owen with his big cuddly heart feels as if their relationship is a fighting battle at times. Not only has Owen left his home country to take a chance on love, he also has to be the one that keeps this relationship alive.
Malcolm still struggles to get to grips with the love he has for Owen as well as their relationship. His intentions are good, deep down…they really are but he has got his priorities all wrong. His heart though is in the right place, he just does not know how to let go and just feel. His trust and his confidence being the two main culprits; hindering him in this relationship where frankly he comes across neurotic and scared. Malcolm drove us crazy at times in this story!
Now Owen, big strong cuddly and patient Owen is worried with where their relationship is going and wondering but also hoping that they can get past the hurdle that can make or break a relationship. If it wasn’t for Owen’s persistence, faith and love their relationship would have fallen at the wayside.
Despite the fact that we loved this sequel we can’t say we were fully satisfied at the end. Our hearts were still aching, we still felt issues were unresolved and we felt it wasn’t enough. We still worry for our Malcolm and Owen!
Thank you to Riptide Publishing and NetGalley for providing us with an ARC for an honest opinion