Friday, June 22, 2018

Release Day Review ~ Mystic Man by E.J. Russell

Release Day Review ~ Mystic Man by E.J. Russell

Title: Mystic Man

Author: E.J. Russell
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Category: Contemporary, States of Love
Pages: 100

When a series of personal crises prompt risk-averse research librarian Aaron Templeton to apply for a job on the other side of the country, nobody is more surprised than he is. He nearly runs home before the final interview except for one little problem: he has no home anymore. He put his condo on the market before he left California and it’s already sold. Only an encounter with free-spirited Connecticut native Cody Brown at the Mystic Seaport Museum staves off Aaron’s incipient panic attack.

Cody loves nothing better than introducing newcomers to the great features of his beloved home state, and when the newbie in question is a rumpled professorial type with the saddest blue eyes on the planet? Score! The attraction between the two men deepens as they explore Cody’s favorite spots, but when difficulties arise and Aaron’s insecurities threaten to overwhelm him, will Cody’s love be enough to keep him in Mystic?

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

4 Stars!

This was a very low-angst, fast, enjoyable read! Both Aaron and Cody were very likable and despite the fact that this was pretty much instalove, in this case, it worked well.

It was endearing to see how Cody threw himself into making his time with Aaron the most awesome experience of his life in the hopes that Aaron would stay with him. He was sweet and enthusiastic and so dreamy. And then we have Aaron, who was so out of his element after doing something so out of character as putting his house up for sale before knowing he had the job he'd applied for. I liked that he was willing to try new things with Cody, even when he wasn't sure about doing a lot of those when Cody first suggested them. While Aaron should've been on the rebound, I never got the feeling that he and Cody didn't belong together, au contraire, they just fit, despite being so different. It didn't hurt that they had amazing chemistry, of course. ;)

Overall, this was a fantastic addition to the States of Love line and another hit by Ms. Russell, who is one of my favorite authors and this book is just another reason why.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requiremen
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