Title: A Beings in Love Story: His Mossy Boy
Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Martin Dyer, Ian Forrester
Sub-Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series
A Being(s) in Love Story
Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother—and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis too. He’s a mess, but someone—or something—always seems to take care of him, usually a tall, sarcastic deputy by the name of Ian Forrester.
No one knows much about Ian, which is how he and his family prefer it. Ian has resigned himself to a lonely life keeping his secrets and guarding his forest. It’s safe to dream of Martin, because Martin never remembers Ian helping him. Besides, Martin barely speaks to Ian, so nothing can ever grow between them. Right?
But with the dragons—and the magic—back in Everlasting, suddenly anything seems possible, even a happily ever after for two men who never expected one.
I am a huge fan of the Being(s) in Love series. To me, it is so easy to get wrapped up in the lives of Ms. Cooper’s characters. Each person is unique and well-written and I can’t help but quickly become enamored with them.
Treasure for Treasure is one of my favorite books, so I was incredibly excited to read His Mossy Boy. Both Martin and Ian played a strong role in the Treasure for Treasure, so I was thrilled to see them get their own book and the story they told did not disappoint. I loved this book almost as much as I loved the first one and I hope Ms. Cooper continues writing more about these amazing characters.
Martin knows he is a disaster. He lives his life to please his horrible mother and because he is in denial of his bisexuality and other things he continuously represses, he is a borderline alcoholic and pothead. Because of his low self-esteem, Martin believes he is nothing but a big disappointment to everyone he knows and feels like he must apologize for everything he does.
Martin’s sadness and low self-worth really pulled at my heartstrings. I truly felt bad for him, especially when it came to having to deal with his HORRIBLE mother, so I was glad to see his character truly evolve as the story progressed. Martin is far from perfect and, even in the end, he is still edgy and afraid to believe he deserves happiness, but it’s because of this, that I thought his character was pretty realistically written. Sure, I wanted to bop him upside the head a few times. Throughout the story, Martin allows his fear to take over his life, so he makes a few terrible choices. What I liked about him is that he is learning to let go of this fear and allowing himself to be happy.
Ian also goes through a lot of self-growth. Because of how he was raised, he’s been pushing others aside and it’s this fear that has kept him lonely. I loved Ian because of his selflessness and need to take care of others…especially Martin. Though he is a caretaker at heart, Ian needs someone to look after him too, so I was thrilled to see Martin work hard to be that person for him. As a reader, I enjoyed watching Ian truly go through the process of learning to trust and giving in to his instincts, which allows him to become part of a small circle of friends. Through Martin’s adoring eyes and eventual acceptance, Ian I loved seeing him blossom into a happier and more fulfilled hero.
His Mossy Boy will not be for everyone. Ms. Cooper writes stories with heroes that go through a lot of push and pull and self-awareness and growth before they get anything close to a happy ending. Her stories are well-written and gripping to me, but they are also slower paced and thoughtful. So, if you want a quick resolution and prefer fast-paced stories, then most of her books, including this one, may not be for you. Personally, I love the slow-burn her novels give me and highly enjoy getting to know her characters and the world she creates. To me, His Mossy Boy and her other books give me everything and more when it comes to reading romance and I love every minute I spend reading her books.
His Mossy Boy is part of the Being(s) in Love series. Each and every story brings something very special into the world that Ms. Cooper has created. If you haven’t read any of them and you are interested in reading this one, I would read Treasure for Treasure first. Why? Because all of the characters play an important role in both books and I think Treasure for Treasure is an essential read before you read His Mossy Boy. I personally love all of the books in this series, so I highly recommend all of them.
The Being(s) in Love books are:
Some Kind of Magic
A Boy and his Dragon
A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing your Mate
The Firebird and other Stories
The Dandelion and the Tulip
Treasure for Treasure
His Mossy Boy
Reviewed By: Gabbi