Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Brian Newell is an average young man, working in a coffee shop. That is, until he learns he’s the sole heir to his grandfather Alistair’s fortune. A grandfather he didn’t even know he had. There is a proviso, however. He has to live in his grandfather’s house for one year, and take care of his macaw, before he can inherit anything.
Conley Finnegan was close friends with Alistair, cataloguing his book collection and tending to his yard. He’s less than happy when he meets Brian, or so it seems. But that isn’t quite the truth. Conley has a deep secret, and part of it requires Brian in his life — but only as a friend.
However, his wishes to the contrary, Conley falls in love with Brian, and vice versa. That small problem, as Conley thinks of it, will impact their lives in ways neither can imagine.
I have to say, I was way off on what the paranormal aspect of this was going to be. I was so sure but I was wrong. That being said, I was conflicted on what to say about this book. There were some things I liked and some things that didn’t work for me at all. So let’s discuss.
Brian’s parents sort of feel he is wasting his potential, working in a coffee shop and unsure what he wants to do. They apparently don’t visit much. When a lawyer lets Brian know that the name he has always known as his grandfather was not his biological grandfather, he is stunned to say the least. But not only does Brian have to live in Alistair’s (biological grandfather) house for a year in order to inherit, but he has to take care of Sir Kenith, the macaw. The worst thing for me was he is not allowed to tell his family about Alistair. I couldn’t figure out how lying to your family was meant to be a good thing.
But that’s sort of a theme through here because Conley lies to Brian numerous times. Sometimes to cover up who he really is, sometimes to cover up what he needs from Brian and sometimes for no reason at all. For example, he tells Brian that Alistair, his very good friend, never knew Conley was gay even though he did. Why lie? “Another lie in the string of them I”ve told him. A small one, but still…” Similarly, when Brian asks about Thanksgiving, Conley lies again for no reason. “Another lie in my long list of them to him.” I started to feel like it was a set up so Brian wouldn’t inherit, or something similar. He also is rude to Brian for no reason at times.
The actual reveal as to what Conley is and why Alistair offered Brian the house happens without Conley mentioning a thing beforehand, just Brian sees it and Conley takes off. It was all glossed over with so little from Conley that I was confused for Brian. Brian’s parents are conveniently away for a year? He has to lie to them about this for a year? Forever?
I thought this had potential to be really interesting, it was a novel concept that I haven’t read previously. I adored Sir K and their interactions with him but I didn’t feel the connection between Conley and Brian and I definitely felt like pieces were missing from the plot.
Cover art really fit the way I envisioned Brian and Conley, especially Conley with his red hair. And of course, Sir K had to make an appearance, so I thought it was well done.
Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published September 22nd 2018 by JMS Books LLC