Title: Sawdust and Berries
Publisher: JMS Books
Author: Mel Bossa
To others, Liam Stokes is a confirmed bachelor, content with his job as a foreman and satisfied with his quiet life. Liam’s friends and family don’t suspect that under his calm surface a storm is gathering.Liam has had it with living a lie, but can’t summon the courage to come out as gay until faith takes charge of that. One morning, his back gives out and Liam is forced into getting a massage.Inked and pierced, Kieran is a young massage therapist with a healing touch and audacious smile. From the moment he sets his hands on Liam, Liam knows this will be unstoppable. But as their relationship evolves, both men are surprised at how much they have in common despite their age difference.Could this be more than a physical connection? And if so, how far can they take this love before someone else tries to end it?
Sawdust and Berries is an angst filled story by author Mel Bossa. The story pulls the reader in from the beginning and soon you won’t be able to stop reading. The heroes are total opposites yet they form a bond that many cannot understand.
Liam works in construction and while on the job injures himself. At the suggestion of a friend, he goes to a massage therapist. It is there that he meets Kieran and the attraction he feels for the younger man is instant. But Liam is deep in the closet and fears what would happen should he ever come out.
Kieran has been out on his own for some time. He has fought for everything he has, including becoming a massage therapist. But the young man has a habit of always choosing the wrong man and his current situation proves that.
These two men come together at a time when both want someone in their lives yet neither is really ready for what changes that may involve. The family issues that both men are forced to face play heavily into the troubles that enter the men’s relationship. More than once I was worried by the way things were playing out and must admit that I was afraid that this would not end well. While I loved the way that Liam was able to grow as an individual, coming into the strong person that he was meant to be, the pain he goes through to get there will make you cry.
I do not remember reading anything by this author before, but after reading Sawdust and Berries I will be looking for more.
Reviewed by: Lydia