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Stormin' Norman (Lyon Road Vet Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Brown
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Dan had been Jesse’s partner for many years, and always there for Jesse on his return from difficult assignments. However, after breaking his promise not to leave again, Jesse learns to his cost that Dan can be pushed too far. When he returns home, broken in body and spirit, Jesse finds his house empty and Dan in the arms of someone else.
To fill his life, Jesse decides to get a dog. His friends and neighbours take him to choose a puppy. What he doesn’t expect is for Norman to choose him. As Jesse takes on a new job, with Norman’s assistance, he realises that Dan isn’t far away, and he still loves him. Dan has moved on with his life. Can Jesse do the same?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 249 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sue Brown's Stories (8 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KVF5H0M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

Come over and talk to Sue at suebrown.stories@gmail.com.
Her website can be found at http://www.suebrownstories.com/
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect end to a charming series 12 Jun 2014
By Lesley
Format:Kindle Edition
Stormin Norman is the last book in the Lyons Road vets series. The other books are Hairy Harry's Car Seat, Bob the Destroyer of Leads and Hazel Takes Over. They are all lovely books, sweet, gentle, funny and cut, Perfect for making you laugh and smile, they are real pick me up books and just the perfect size to fit into a busy day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~ Review by JosieGoodreads 11 Jun 2014
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 of 5 stars~ Review by JosieGoodreads

For original review see Prism Book Alliance

Stormin Norman by Sue Brown is the fourth and last book in her charming and delightful Lyon Road Vets series.

What makes the Lyons Road Vets stories special is that in all the books the stars are the dogs, not the couples we meet. There was old and dignified Harry the Irish wolfhound in Hairy Harry’s Car Seat, whose final act brought Evan to Peter. Loveable Bob the beagle, in Bob The Destroyer of Leads, whose inability to obey Will lead him straight into the path of Laurence, then adorable Hazel, the chocolate Labrador puppy who melted everybody’s heart, in Hazel Takes Over. Now it’s time to meet Norman. Norman is the collie springer cross puppy who comes into Jesse’s life.

We first met Jesse and his long-time partner Dan in book three, Hazel Takes Over; they were neighbours and friends of Peter and Evan. The two men had been together for seven years but Jesse had a job that took him away for months at a time, leaving Dan alone, with no contact and no idea how long Jesse he would be away for. Jesse kept promising each job would be his last, and Dan kept hanging on waiting for Jessie to resign but Jessie never did. He kept promising not to take another job, then breaking that promise, and each time he went away he packed up as if they were parting ways. Jesse never appreciated how that affected Dan.

The prologue sets the story up nicely, giving us the background on Jesse and Dan’s relationship, it also shows us the kind of work Jesse does and the life he leads. Then we skip forward to the present. Jesse is back from his last job, this time he really has resigned but Dan isn’t waiting for him, he has moved on, settled down with a new boyfriend called Micky. Dan and Micky are still in the same neighbourhood though, and still friends with Evan and Peter, so it’s not long before Jesse and Dan are bumping into each other again. The two men had always planned to get a dog once they finally settled down properly, so that’s Jesse’s first job, which leads us straight to Norman, the lively collie springer cross that picks Jesse out at the sanctuary, seriously he does, the scene where Norman picks Jesse is priceless, one of the star scenes of the story.

Norman is just what Jesse needs to stop him sinking into despair, although he doesn’t stop him from moping around feeling generally sorry for himself. Dan admitting he doesn’t know what to do now Jesse is back, although he says he loves Micky, doesn’t help either. Dan and Micky are part of Evan and Peter’s circle of close friends, and Jesse is too, so they meet up quite a bit, all off which adds to Jesse’s confusion and generally apathy. Jesse loves Dan but took him for granted, always assuming he would wait for him, he just didn’t realise any of that until it was too late, until Dan left him.

Sue Brown in known for the angst in her stories, but apart from Hairy Harry the Lyons Road stories have been relatively angst free but not Stormin Norman, for a long time I couldn’t see a happy ending at all, but then that’s the beauty of Sue Brown she knows how to create a happy ending out of the angstiest of stories. I really liked Stormin Norman; it’s my favourite book of the series.

The Lyons Road Vets stories are sweet and gentle, funny and cut, just plain adorable. Perfect for making you laugh and smile, they are real pick me ups and as all four books are novellas they are the perfect size to fit into a busy schedule. You could read Stormin Norman as a standalone, if you wanted, but why do that, pick up all four books and read them in order, make friends with everyone, canine and human, as you meet them.

I know Sue has said this is the last book but what about Leo? Doesn’t he need a dog Sue?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The dogs steal the limelight and add a smile to a gritty, uncomfortable journey of togetherness. 15 Jun 2014
By B ME - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jesse is in the service and does deep infiltration work and kills if he has too. Between assignments he goes home to his lover Dan, they don't live together and every time Jesse has another assignment he breaks up with Dan. They have been together seven years and Jesse, because of his line of work can't claim he was faithful. Jesse is supposed to be through with the job, to be free of the absences that can be very long - but he is leaving again and this time Dan is not going to be there for him. Jesse returns after a year and a bad mission, exhausted and lost to find Dan has someone else, Dan can't decide if he should stay with who he has, who wants to move him in and marry him after six months together, or Jesse. But can he trust Jesse will stick around?
I don't like the type of story where there is infidelity in deed or even in thought, I am a bit of a purist and love the sanctity of relationships. So I find parts of this story teeth grittingly frustrating. In fact my favourite character in the book is Norman, the dog. And that is closely followed by Hazel and Bob, also dogs. We meet other couples from previous books and there are starting to be quite a number to keep track of. However, if you can't decide to commit to who you are sleeping with or go back to an ex who has flaws and has, through his line of work, cheated on you, then shouldn't you at least stop sleeping with the new man until you are sure? If your new man wants to live with you and marry you but you would rather go home to your religious parents who don't accept you (gay or vegetarian) then isn't it time to stop and think?
Really wanted to love this book but parts of this were like licking ice cream with dog hair in it...not conducive to enjoyment. It is worth a read for the dogs, they are cute in their antics...and I am a cat person!
5.0 out of 5 stars Stormin' Norman by Sue Brown 7 Aug 2014
By Lena Grey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
“Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.” ~ anonymous

When Jesse comes back from a secret mission gone bad, he's looking forward to having Dan waiting for him. He craves his love and attention and can't wait to be back in his arms. Unfortunately, Dan is not there. After years of disappointment, Dan has had enough and has left. Jesse, so stubborn, determined, and selfish simply can't believe Dan is gone and his heart is broken. He comes to realize though, as much as he hates it, he understands and tries, not too successfully, to deal with being alone. When that doesn't work, Norman comes into Jesse’s life and saves him from total despair, but his heart still aches for Dan.

Dan and Jesse were introduced in book three of the ‘Lyon Road Vet’ series, Jesse as Peter and Evan's neighbor and Dan as his partner. After promising Dan he wouldn't go on assignment again, Jesse breaks his word and goes anyway. Even though Dan told him he was serious, Jesse just didn't listen. He's taken Dan for granted so long, that he assumed Dan couldn't live without him and would always be there when he came home. When he finds out that Dan is seeing someone named Mickey, Jesse is even more depressed, yet, somewhere in his heart, he hopes that, since he couldn't give Dan what he needed, maybe Mickey can. At least that's what he tries to tell himself, but when he sees them together, it's all he can do to contain himself. Because Jesse is still friends with his neighbors, they run into each other more than Jesse can stand. At least he has his dog, Norman, to love him; he's not entirely alone. Jesse tries to tell himself it's all for the best, but he doesn't believe it. He wants Dan, but won't jeopardize Dan's possible happiness by trying to get him back. When Jesse learns that Mickey and Dan have split, he still hems and haws, not sure about what to do. He gets a lecture from Evan, who we all know is very outspoken, telling him that if he wants Dan, he'd better go get him, because he won't have another chance.

Dan is seriously conflicted. He promised himself that he would move on, but seeing Jesse again brings back overwhelming feelings of lust and longing. Mickey is a good guy, but compared to Jesse, is kind of boring. Mickey is really insecure too, not that I can blame him. He's terrified that Dan will leave him and go back to Jesse. He's nervous around Jesse and his friends, knowing that he doesn't fit in. Mickey isn't used to the normal teasing and bantering that goes on when the group is together and he's not sure who is serious or not about what they say. Dan starts having serious doubts about being with Mickey, but still doesn't trust Jesse when he says he's not leaving again. After he breaks up with Mickey, Dan decides to get away from all the confusion and go back home to his smothering, religious family, rather than stay there and be in pain.

Although there are some humorous parts and warm, fuzzy ones with the dogs especially, this is, by far, the most serious story in the series so far. Sue eloquently reminds us that it is unwise to assume anything and that we should never take anyone or anything for granted, particularly when involves the person you love. A lot of times, you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone, but by then, it may be too late to get it back. Thank you, Sue, for your important reminders and for giving Jesse and Dan their second chance.

Originally published at Rainbow Book Reviews.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure if I liked it or not 15 Jun 2014
By NLM1959 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read and really liked the other books in this series but I didn't enjoy this story as much as the others. I didn't feel the emotional connection between Jesse and Dan. They had a 7 year connection between them..you notice I didn't say relationship because it didn't feel like there was one at least not on Jesse's end. Jesse and Dan didn't share a home...each had his own place...Jesse basically kept Dan at a distance all this time really not making him a serious part of his life. Jesse took while Dan gave in this arrangement. Dan seemed to have much deeper feelings for Jesse than Jesse had for Dan. Thru out the 7years that they were involved with each other Jesse was able to walk away from Dan without a thought for Dan's feelings. He even told him that while away on these jobs that he would be sleeping with other guys as part of his job. Jesse always took it for granted that Dan wouldn't be able to stay away from him when he returned after doing what he needed to do to get these jobs completed since Dan would tell him we wouldn't be waiting for him when he got back but he always was there to meet him when he returned. Dan never cheated on Jesse during the 7 years but that wasn't the case with Jesse as he was never faithful to Dan while he was gone. To my way of thinking if Jesse could sleep with these other men for his job then his feelings for Dan didn't run very deep. I don't know how Dan could accept the sleeping around that Jesse did while doing the job and then welcome him home the way he did. I really felt Dan didn't respect himself the way he should have and needed to end things with Jesse a lot earlier than he did. I also did see mention of any STD testing before he would come home, if you're hanging out with and banging druggies and lord know what other guys there should have been some mention of needing blood tests for AIDs and such. Dan put up with too much allowing Jesse to control everything. Jesse was suppose to retire from this organization after his last job but he agreed to do another job without discussing it with Dan and doesn't tell until a week before he has to leave . Dan is devastated upon hearing this from Jesse and has told him that he won't wait for him this time that he is done with Jesse. Jesse of course thinks Dan will be waiting for him when he returns however this job last for 2 years and Dan isn't waiting for him on his return. I actually felt good for Dan doing this because Jesse took him for granted too long. I really wish though that Dan had moved from the area where Jesse didn't know where he was living. I wanted Jesse to see how it felt from the other side how Dan felt all the times Jesse was gone and didn't know where he was or when he would be back, but on the other hand when Jesse found out that Dan had a new man in his life that he wouldn't be at his beck and call like he had been through out the 7 years I hate to say it but I liked the pain that Jesse was going thru knowing he had made the worst mistake of his life in choosing his job over Dan.
The thing about this story that I also didn't like was this was from Jesse's point of view and nothing from Dan and there was entirely too much of Evan and Peter in this story. There really wasn't a lot of Jesse and Dan time except at the beginning and towards the end. Where was all the romance at? The reconnection between the two of them except at the end. The end of this story was a little strange like maybe there will be another one about these 2 after Jesse goes back to work for this Organization..Dan thinking Jesse won't be out in the field anymore...somehow I think something is going to happen and there will be issues coming between them again that is if there is another story like there was about Peter and Evan. We will have to wait and see!
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