Sequel to the Amber Allure best-seller Between The Moon And The Deep Blue Sea... Dale Langley longs for some triple R time—rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. He accepts his cousin’s invitation to winter over on Ocracoke Island, far away from the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland. He’s always loved being a rolling stone, traveling for his job without the worry of aSequel to the Amber Allure best-seller Between The Moon And The Deep Blue Sea... Dale Langley longs for some triple R time—rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. He accepts his cousin’s invitation to winter over on Ocracoke Island, far away from the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland. He’s always loved being a rolling stone, traveling for his job without the worry of a place to call home, but it’s time for something different. Now Dale anticipates several blissful months to learn how to be still with no demands on his time while he prepares for the next phase of his life. Aubrey Zimmerman came to Ocracoke to attend a friend’s commitment ceremony. Never one to settle down, Aubrey’s had enough of involvements that took him from man to man without a place to call home. He needs a break—and a little solitude. Housesitting while his friend is on his honeymoon is the perfect way to clear his head and catch up on his sleep. At least it seemed that way until Dale arrived and Aubrey realized sleep is the last thing he needs. Fate has changes in store for Dale and Aubrey, the sort neither one knew they wanted. Sometimes the more you wander the closer to home you get....
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Catching Fireflies Reviews
This review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.I did not realize this was a sequel but it really can be read as a standalone. The couple from the first book feature in this as Aubrey’s friends, but they how they got together doesn’t really play a big role.Dale has been recovering after he was attacked by some thugs when stopped at a red light and nearly killed. He just can’t face going back to work as a travel writer and has been let go. However living with his mother is not working, so his cousin invites him to come and live in the old family home on Oracoke Island where they used to spend summers with his grandparents. The first day there he sees a gorgeous man, and is told they are invited to celebrate the commitment ceremony of the neighbors. Despite having been rather reclusive since the attack, Dale is happy to go along since the good-looking guy he saw is a friend of the couple. Within seconds of meeting, Dale and Aubrey are flirting up a storm and by the end of the night, despite Aubrey saying he would sleep with him, they are in Dale’s bed having some fun. However Aubrey has his own demons, only recently breaking up with is older lover and also having survived a life changing event when he was gay bashed.This book has a very distinctive feel to the prose. I won’t say it’s purple prose because it’s not. It doesn’t lapse into ridiculous euphemisms, however it is more flower (for lack of a better term) than most of the books I read, and to be honest that I prefer. An example:His tongue was silky warm on mine as our hands stroked skin, each careful not to race ahead of the other. I tore my lips from his and kissed my way down his neck, dipping beneath the covers to go lower. In the hot darkness, the rich scent of male musk filled my senses, making me breathe in the heady fragrance.I know some people love prose which evokes scents and emotions, but for me I find it distracting because I find myself wondering if someone would really think like that?I did like Dale’s cousin a great deal. He’s straight but has no issues with flirting or just having fun with gay men. I did find the fact that he had won the lottery and thus was able to refinish the house and not work a bit convenient, but I liked his character. I didn’t get to know Aubrey very well, but Dale’s memories of family and childhood were nicely done and evocative of childhood lost. I think readers who enjoy a very prose rich story will enjoy this, but it may not work as well for those of us who enjoy a bit more straightforward method of storytelling.
To admit that this review was a difficult one to write is not even scratching the surface. The reputation of this author, the numerous awards she has received and the very true fact that her writing is solid and erotic made this whole review thing even more difficult. There is a time, dear reader, where despite our best efforts a book fails to "click" for a reviewer. A time where despite the mechanics of the story, a decent plot, believable dialogue and interesting and alluring characters abound, the overall story does not inspire. Catching Fireflies was just such a story for me. It was...okay. Not thrilling, a bit boring at times, but okay. So how does one review and rate such a novella?I was at at bit of a standstill. Because nothing stood out that I really loved or even liked, I needed to focus on the mechanics of this novella instead. Mechanics are boring. Yes, it was well written. There was enough of a woundedness about both men to make them mildly interesting. I could not force myself to care too much as to whether they would find their happy ever after but I could go along for the ride and finish the book to see how everything turned out.But could I recommend it? Could I tell you that the love that develops between the two main characters was so very sweet and just made me sigh with satisfaction? Could I tell you that I was worried that the business venture that both entered into as a way to pull themselves out of this melancholic no-man's land they both found themselves in, would not succeed? Could I tell you that the story was well fleshed out, complete and a delight to read?No...no I could not. So there I was, with a finished book that was...just so-so and an empty review page staring me in the face. Short stories, novellas, they carry with them a lot of pressure for the author. They require a hand that can draw us into the heart of action, a tale, often, already underway at the beginning of the book and take us through an event at a rapid pace. It must be so complete and compelling--we should reach the end and cry out for more.Catching Fireflies was a nice story but not one I would recommend to another reader--it simply did not have the needed impact to make me want to read more. However, based on that aforementioned reputation, I think I need to read something else by this author and certainly not rest my opinion of her work on this book alone.
This is a story about Dale that has been through a beating and robbery. He lost his job for taking off too much time recuperating and wasn’t Dale to drive and stuff to travel for work like he needed to. He goes to Ocracoke Island where he used to spend his summers and is going to stay the winter with his cousin Sam to try to get his head cleared and perhaps find a new job and place to stay. He meets Aubrey that use to live with older rich guys, basically was a kept man. He is leaving his ex and that leaves him with no job no real skills and no home. He comes to Ocracoke to attend his friend Chads commitment ceremony and housesit while they are on their honeymoon.I found this story well written, the characters all very interesting and the story hard to put down once I started. Well I dint put it down I finish in one sitting. Both Aubrey and Dale are dealing with some heavy stuff. Aubrey keeps warning Dale not to get attached and Dale knows he shouldn’t or that Aubrey shouldn’t get attached to him either. The other characters were all interesting also though not a lot was mention of them just in passing. The first book is Chad and his partner’s story and since Chad and Aubrey are connected I am sure he is in that one too. This book stands perfectly on its own and I had no clue it was a sequel until the end when it told about the other book. Of course I will be reading it too! Great story here and I can’t wait to see if there is more!Recommendation: If you like stories of starting over, Rich men, men on the mend, Hot mansex this one is really good!