Mary Reviews: Twinks in Bearland by Kendall Morgan (Bearland Tales Book 1)

Blurb:
The friends of pretty blue-eyed Dustin Garber are about to find out that he has a secret. He loves bears, big hairy gay men. None of them know it, but he’s just booked them all into the annual Gay Bear Ski week.

Craig, beautiful, black and Jewish, is initially indifferent to the fact that he is spending a week with big hairy men. He already has a hook up planned of his own, although that man turns out to have a bizarre secret.

Patrick and Ethan, two bear-hating twinks who have been secretly in love with each other for years, take much longer to come around to the idea that bears can be good guys too. Dustin isn’t so sure his friendship with them will survive the trip.

And then Dustin meets Nate, a big blond bear who is forever single but ready for something a little different. Nate’s friends, Casey and Ryland, are fighting about Ryland’s porn career. Nate’s friend Gil is busy with a Canadian couple, but together Dustin and Nate get lost on a backcountry trail. Deep in the snow away from everyone they may just find the love they’ve been seeking and the understanding they didn’t know they needed.

Twinks in Bearland is the first book in the Bearland Tales series, but each book can stand alone. This gay contemporary love story includes graphic sex and is intended for adults only.

Review:
After reading the blurb and checking the page count, I must admit it tweaked my interest enough that I said hand it over, all the while feeling it could only go one of two ways. It would either be really good or a train wreck. Well thank the gods and goddesses of books, the latter was not the case. It was in effect everything it claimed to be. It’s not an epic, angsty, love story and it never made any pretentions to be that. It was why I enjoyed it.

For me I had some reservations about the story and the execution that I wanted to be upfront about. I felt there was a lot more telling in this than there is showing, which can make for a dry read. Some scenes, and not just the sex scenes would have been far more inclusive for me had we been shown reactions or feelings or what the characters were going through. Because of this I didn’t always connect with the characters and in one way that wasn’t so bad because it was like one of those themed weeks/weekends/parties anyway, and you don’t always connect with everyone on the same level, but you still have had a good time.

It has four twink friends who leave the planning of their gay ski week up to one of them, who is a closet bear lover. Now I would have thought that this would naturally mean that the four POV’s we hear about, are these men, the twinks from the title, but actually its only two of them and two guys (bears) they meet during the week.

Its fun and in places down and dirty and honest and giggleworthy. I enjoyed it all the more for the fact that it didn’t claim to be anything more than what it is, a simple story about a week in some guys’ life. The HFN ending does not leave you hanging and I was satisfied. So if you’re looking for the literary equivalent of sorbet with twink/bear pairing then pick this up.
Stars:
Three and a half

Excerpt:
When I turned I was eye to eye with a man about my height but with a far broader chest and a noticeable belly. He held up his bottle of beer. Damn. He was good-looking, and most likely about ten years older than me. Short cropped, dark, curly hair. Dark brown skin. Sparkling brown eyes. Dark mustache and goatee accentuating a beautiful mouth with full lips. A blocky build and arms a lumberjack would envy.

“Is that dude causing you trouble?” he asked, motioning toward Patrick, who was scurrying to join Ethan and Craig at a nearby table.

“Not anymore,” I said.

“My name’s Ryland,” he said as he raised his beer bottle to his lips, the lips I wanted to kiss.

“I’m Dustin.” I shook his hand, feeling his strong grip and soft skin. I could feel my dick start to stir. I wondered if he was feeling something, too.

About Kendall:
I started writing gay male erotic romance stories in the early ’90s, but only gay male porn magazines would publish them. I’m so glad things have gotten more respectable and the readership more broad. I am a lesbian in an interracial same-sex marriage, and I love writing interracial romance stories. I love flipping stereotypes and challenging myself to write characters that are ever further from who I am. I hope you enjoy my stories. I certainly love writing them.

Author Contact:
Email: kendallmorganauthor@gmail.com
Twitter: @KendallAuthor
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KendallAuthor
Amazon Author Page: Author.to/KendallMorgan
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/3472687.Kendall_Morgan

Where To Buy:
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/576457?ref=MollyLollyReader
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-twinksinbearland-1889459-168.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01591BQKC

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