Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A sweet baker with spicy taste…
Marcell is Midsummer’s baker. While he works for his aunt in the family bakery, he’s the one with the magic baker’s touch. A good and quiet lad, Marcel is hiding secrets of the past and of the heart. Those of the past are known only to himself and two others reviled by the citizens of Midsummer. Marcell’s life has not been without pain wether it was the loss of his parents or the bullying he encountered at school but the truth is about to come out and no one is prepared for the consequences.
The Withers Boys, Boyd and Tye Withers, are faerie half-brothers, Their faerie mother died, leaving them when they were in their late teens but really she had abandoned them much earlier drowning herself in booze. Known for their green thumbs and ability to always be in trouble, the Withers Boys have their own secrets to hide.
A stolen hideaway, a dark night, and evil on the prowl. What happens when all the hidden secrets are exposed? Will Marcell find a happiness he never thought would be his?
Midsummer Baker is probably my third favorite of the Midsummer stories to date. More a series of vinaigrettes than a cohesive tale, it still brings plenty of surprising layers and heart to this tale of love in the most unlikely of places. Each chapter represents a slice from Marcell’s life. From these, we are able to build a picture of a sweet child who was the target not only of bullies at school, but someone worse. Now grown, Marcell has harbored not only the secrets from his past but a hidden love that he feels will never be returned. Marcell is such a sweet character it is easy to connect with him and his dreams.
The Withers Boys now have names. Before Midsummer Baker, they only appeared as references to mischief makers often in trouble with the law and various members of the community. Now we get their painful back story, and they become not pests to be avoided but teenagers and young adults with a poignant sad story of their own. Unexpectedly, there is a hidden connection to Marcell and the drama and romance takes off. I wish we had more of Tye and Boyd. They are great characters that deserve a longer and deeper in scope story than this one.
There is publisher note included at the bottom that contains spoilers to the story. It references the type and variety of love story found here. I didn’t find it offensive but others might. If anything other than a strict M/M squicks your bonnet, then you just might want to check out the note below. Otherwise, I liked the story, love the series and want to see Megan Derr what happens next when Derr returns to Midsummer once more.
Categories: Free Read Gay Paranormal Poly Urban Fantasy
Cover art by Megan Derr. Love the cover.
Sales Links: Less Than Three Press Amazon Midsummer Baker ($0.99)
Editors note: Contains stepbrother incest and threesomes
free ebook, 18 pages at Less Than Three Press
Published July 19th 2011 by Less Than Three Press (first published August 29th 2010)
original titleMidsummer Baker
Midsummer Series in order they were written and should be read (available in print, ebook and audio):