Review: Counting Fence Posts & Counting Down by Kelly Jensen

 

30741645Title: Counting Fence Posts (Counting #1)

Author: Kelly Jensen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Publication Date: July 23, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance

Format: eBook

Length: 62 pages / 18,197 words

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

synopsis

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.


 

♦ Personal Thought ♦

Part one of “Counting” trilogy which tells the story of Marc and Henry, colleagues at a financial firm for two and a half years. Henry’s had a crush on Marc all along. Counting Fence Posts is told from Henry’s POV and reveal the (new) beginning of relationship between them.

It’s a fun, quirky, short tale would bring smile (and a couple of snorts in my case) to your face. What I love most in this novella is the character’s portrayal and their words sparring. In a few short chapters, the author manages to express both MCs emotion and confusion, and not in a cheesy way.

My only issue, of course, the shortness of this story. But like I mentioned earlier, this is part one of the trilogy. Be sure to grab Counting Down for the next read so you‘re not dying of anticipation.

Copy of this story is kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

34452597Title: Counting Down (Counting #2)

Author: Kelly Jensen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Publication Date: March 29, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance

Format: eBook

Length: 63 pages / 18,436 words

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

synopsis

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?


 

♦ Personal Thought ♦

Counting Down takes up a week after the blizzard on Counting Fence Posts. Told from the-newly-come-out Marc’s POV, this novella reveals that not everything come according to plan. At least not for this new couple.

True to their form, what’s planned to be the first date out – and announcing them as couple to their colleagues – turns to disaster when they got locked in maintenance rooms of an old building. Again, despite the situations, Marc and Henry cope well and in doing so giving the readers quite an entertainment. Emotions are all over the place with one, yet not in an over the top way.

Like in the previous entry, Counting Down allows readers to get to know the MCs on a deeper level. This novella might bring unexpected turn of plan to our heroes, yet relationship wise this show promising future for this couple. I for one can’t wait for what next installment await Marc and Henry. Hopefully, for once, they wouldn’t face another unfortunate incident (such as in the two first novellas). Fingers-crossed. 😉

Copy of this story is kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


 

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