Book Reviews

Silver Fox in Cedarwood (Cedarwood Pride 10) by Megan Slayer at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Age Gap / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 16-October-2020

Book Blurb

Can two lonely hearts find their way to each other despite the odds?


Dr. Isaac McLean knows he’s not supposed to lust after a patient, but there’s something about Len Connor that he can’t forget. His laugh? His strong will? His sexy body. But will Len want to be with his former doctor?

 

Len Connor wasn’t looking to get back into the dating scene, but he’s never been able to get Isaac off his mind. Isaac is sweet, funny and oh, so handsome. But he’s also at least twenty years younger. Will this cougar get his cub and have a happy ending? Or will the relationship fall apart before it gets started?

 

 

Reader advisory: This book mentions a somewhat abusive ex, and deals with illness.


Publisher's Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been revised and reedited for rerelease with Pride Publishing.


Book Review

I began preparing this review by googling “Kindness,” hoping to find an appropriate old saw to assuage any sharpness to which this review might tend – believing that reviews should be helpful, perhaps even instructive, and thus avoiding acidity, merely to evidence my witty keyboard pyrotechnics.  Well, I’ll just have to try being kind without the benefit of some prestated philosophy. 

 

I have read and viewed (for Rainbow Book Reviews) books seven through nine of the ‘Cedarwood Pride’ series. Believing I had finally disembarked from that train, I now find my ticket punched for two more stops! As an introduction to newly boarding readers, the ‘Cedarwood’ series is set in a small town, full of gay folk, most of whom seem to know each other – or should I say that they know each other’s business? Though each ‘Cedarwood’ volume is intended as a standalone story, there seem to be references to unfamiliar names and past events, which may be disconcerting if you are starting out with ‘Silver Fox’.

 

This current review has two points to make – one of which has to do with plot and familiarity, the other with style and its effect on the reader’s pleasure.  First, ‘Silver Fox’ details the attraction between Len, who is a retired, fifty-nine-year-old attorney, and Isaac, a thirty-nine-year-old practicing physician. When the story starts, they already know each other, as Isaac has previously treated Len for a minor stroke. But, perhaps more dramatically problematic, Len’s son once seriously considered dating Isaac. [Not to worry, as Len’s son has married someone else in an earlier volume. See what I mean by troublesome back references?] Ms. Slayer is helpful enough to also let us know about Len’s marriage to his son’s mother, his subsequent marriage to Keye (?) and disastrous a relationship with Ross (?). There are also indications of Len’s own fulsome back story. Secondary characters range from interesting to moderately (but entertainingly) deranged.

 

Len and Isaac are (or is it, that they already have been) attracted to one another. They fairly promptly get together socially and biblically, surrounded by their various pet animals and neighbors. [“He said he didn’t mind being alone – save for the dog – but it wasn’t the truth.  He missed having a boyfriend.”] After some fantasy, and some solitary sex (that means JO-ing!), our heroes get it on and on, and quite nicely.

 

So much for the plot. As for the style, please be forewarned that Cedarwood and its inhabitants are products of a fabulist approach. Much of their relationships and problems would easily fit into daytime programs, intermittently interrupted by commercials for soap or feminine products. Even the writing and dialog style are easy enough not to strain a weary reader. That is not necessarily a dismissive comment, especially if you are looking for very light, easily digestible fiction which (I am sad to admit, having previously read books seven through nine) is unlikely to remain active in your frontal lobe. As I am committed to one more volume of the series, ‘Cedarwood Cowboy’, together we may see.

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 137 pages/34942 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-August-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/silver-fox-in-cedarwood