Thank you to Annabeth Albert, and Sarina Bowen and her team for the advance reader copy of Featherbed, the first standalone in the Vino & Veritas series of The World of True North.
Time to kick off the Vino & Veritas series! The bar was featured briefly in Sarina Bowen’s Roommate. I am pumped for this M/M installment, that brings together a city-slicker and a poultry farmer.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“When a bookworm on borrowed time meets a younger, free-spirited chicken farmer, sparks and feathers fly…
Harrison Phillip Fletcher III isn’t supposed to be here. Not in Burlington, Vermont, not running Vino & Veritas, a quaint inclusive bookstore and wine bar, and definitely not still alive at forty-two. Also not supposed to be here? An unexpected delivery of chickens.
Finn Barnes knows chickens. The burly organic farmer knows all about rare breed poultry, but dealing with a hot, older bookseller is an entirely different matter. City slicker types like Harrison never end up staying in Vermont for the long-term.
They should steer clear of each other. But the flare of attraction is mutual. And somehow, amid book discussions and farm tours, they discover plenty in common. Now they’re stealing kisses in Finn’s barn, sneaking out like teens, and burning up the sheets.
What starts as a fling brings very real feelings for two lonely souls, but a future together seems as unlikely as chickens in a bookstore. Feathers may be flying, but learning to trust takes time neither may have. Can they take a leap of faith together before it’s too late?
Featherbed is a stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. This opposites attract, age gap romance features a low-angst, fluffy—and feathery—romp as a fish out of water discovers the home he never thought he’d find.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Harrison Phillip Fletcher III runs the bookstore side of Vino & Veritas. He is 42 and has recently moved to Vermont with his mom to explore a change of pace. He was an attorney but he has always wanted to run a bookstore. While Harrison may be the city-slicker, his love interest is the complete opposite. Finn Barnes is a farmer who runs his family’s farm in Burlington. He is driven and hardworking, he even went to university to study agriculture. Both the characters are out and have a history with dating men so this is not a gay love story that deals with coming out. They both have super supportive families, their moms play a big role in the story especially Harrison’s and she’s adorable.
- Setting: Vino & Veritas is located in downtown Burlington, Vermont. It is such a cute little bigger small-town like there is obviously a little nightlife and cute restaurants. Harry and Finn have such cute dates at farm-to-table restaurants.
- Pacing: The story was paced really well. The relationship shifted from a fling to a bigger thing at a good pace.
- Romance: This was such a cute relationship! Both boys have some baggage but they work through it together really well. Finn had dated another city guy, but that guy never put down roots in Vermont and left Finn a little heartbroken. So Finn has fears surrounding Harry rushing back to NYC, if and when he tires of Vermont. While Harrison is tremendously worried about his health as he is the same age as when his father died. He is worried that he inherited his father’s heart issues and does not have much longer to live. These fears catch up to him when he realizes the fling with Finn is growing into something more, and he fears starting to build a life with Finn and then have something tragic happen. So these men don’t have a love that is easy, but that is not what love is and this is a beautiful story about why we fight to be with the one we love.
Featherbed receives four out of five stars.
You can pick up the story below…
Thank you again to Annabeth, Sarina, and TWOTN team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!