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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing; first edition (29 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626490449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626490444
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,172,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BevS on 9 Jan. 2013
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I liked this book although....

I didn't think I was going to after the first few pages where Malcolm came across as a complete knob! Of course, he was the Brit in the story (typical), a financial trader who in the 80's would definitely have been a 'yuppie' (think old ITV series 'Capital City' with Douglas Hodges as Declan which I absolutely loved - hey, sue me!), but away from his desk, was a really insecure and needy person with hardly any friends, whose weekends off consisted of visiting his personal trainer and basically sleeping the time away.

Owen (who was great) was a typical California surfer dude, bisexual, very laid back and up for anything. He was in London with his ex girlfriend now travelling companion, doing the touristy trail (I really must do that myself one day, I LIVE over here for Chrissake!!). Owen is basically picked up by Malcolm in a pub with the promise of sex and food. Matters progress, and after Malcolm has slapped the ass off Owen (hey, whatever floats your boat people) finds that Owen will not put up with his bossy nonsense, and ends up being a bottom, which is very unusual 'cos topping is what he does - he NEEDS to be in charge. Surprise, surprise he really enjoys it, but enjoys waking up with Owen even more as most of his 'hook-ups' leave before 12 to catch a bus or get the tube - how sad is that, and what does that tell you about Malcolm! They decide to spend the day together doing the touristy thing, and Owen is amazed to watch Malcolm come out of his shell and get a kick out of simply being with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Kimi-Chan Experience VINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a fan of both Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov. Amy Lane had me on board for feel-good sweetness and HEA with Keeping Promise Rock. Voinov's books (for example,Incursion) pleased me in an an entirely different way- his sexy soldiers with their ethical issues and sense of self preservation kept me geared up and anxious, even knowing that a HEA of sorts was most likely in the offing- somehow. Then I came across this. I found myself wondering how it would work out, and I must say that my curiosity had me burning up to find out how these two very different could mesh their work together.

What I got was a real treat. Owen may be an unseasoned traveller. Hell, he's away from his Mom for the first time ever. In fact, he's a LONG, LONG way from home which happens to be all the way back across the pond in the good old USA. After getting ditched by the ex-girlfriend who is acting as his travel buddy, he finds himself alone in a right dive of a pub. It's a truly disgusting place that makes some of the red neck dives I've sadly been in look up-scale and trendy by comparison. The way he happens to meet the well heeled Malcolm in there really set the stage. Their banter let me know straight off that not only was Malcolm intent on showing Owen that he was indeed in charge, but that Owen wasn't going to put up with any BS.

Their time spent together becomes quite the revelation for both men, as Malcolm and Owen not only enjoy the sex they "pulled" for, but also end up connecting in rather unexpected ways.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful collaboration - sexy and touching story 23 April 2012
By Tom W - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Owen's in England with his ex-girlfriend who's also in a relationship of sorts with his ex-boyfriend, but she's hooking up with another guy there too. Very complicated for such an average country mouse, he thinks. But, he tags along for the free ride so he can explore Europe for free. After all, he's just finished college and is unattached. Why not?

His first night in, he's exploring the area while his ex had a rendezvous, stops in for a beer, and sees a handsome, well-dressed guy in what's essentially a London dive.

Malcolm is waiting for a hook-up of his own, but it looks like he may be stood up. Then he spots the handsome young Yank (it's pretty obvious - he's in a jeans and a college hoodie after all) in the pub. Warning him off the local beer, he instead orders the young man a shot of nice quality vodka.

It's Friday and the two of them begin a dance of seduction. Malcolm wants to dominate Owen. But Owen, he's done this before and knows the game. Shrugs off all the moves and attitude and gets to the man underneath.

So begins a weekend that will change both men's lives.

When I first saw this collaboration, I was excited. Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov? Two of my favorite authors in the M/M genre, but I had absolutely no idea where this may go. Amy's strength is her foundation in family and romance, and Aleks is gritty and not afraid of anything. They would balance each other and meet somewhere in the middle or totally implode.

And what they produced is this beautiful and lovely character-driven minor masterpiece about connection, expectations and the power of letting the masks fall off. The chemistry is instant, the love palpable, and the entire work sings with passion.

This is one of those rare pieces where the sex, while fundamental to the storyline, reveals so much of the psyches of the two men that would otherwise have taken pages and days to get to. There's a loss of control and dropping of false faces that drives these two men's spark, and the connection they form - exquisite.

Owen is young but no stranger to love. He's all about forgiveness and finding a partner of the heart. While at first Malcolm belittles and questions it as naïve, Owen's ability to get to the heart of the matter and see through to the essential goodness of people allows him to see this man as the incredible human he's capable of being.

And Malcolm. So very complex on the outside, but only because he's allowed himself to be wrapped in other's expectations of him till he's put on so many masks, he doesn't recognize himself anymore. But he allows this young big-hearted Yank in and allows him to see the real man, the wonder that is Malcolm.

Remarkable.

This is a fantastic work, and so very, very satisfying. I genuinely adore both writers, and to produce something like this - it just makes my heart beat a little faster and gives me hope. That's the point of romance, no? Hope, love, and grace?

Just a fine, fine book.

Tom
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very nice - just too short 24 April 2012
By Sunne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Finished "Country Mouse" - that was unfortunately a short one...about 1400 locations on kindle....but I enjoyed it. I would say it was more sex than I'm used by Amy Lane and less story line...(but on the other hand "Chase in Shadows" wasn't so typical for her, too - despite this one has a very good story line). Maybe it was the influence of the co-author. It was very easy to read and had some interesting and nice shifts in the character...for example:

Owen might be the "country mouse" but he has a very solid self confidence and insight, he know what he loves and doesn't hesitate to get it..even if it's spanking. Malcolm might be the Dom...but in reality he is the needy one. The difference between "what people show others of themselves" and "how people really are" was shown in a very entertaining and for me very convincing way.

I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars because I really enjoyed it but it was just too short.....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well Writen Satisfying Romance 13 Jun. 2012
By Attention Is Arbitrary M/M Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**No Spoilers, Some Quotes**

---A lovely, romantic, romance.

This was my first Amy Lane book, even though I've been intending to read her for some time. I'm so pleasantly pleased that I picked this to be my first Amy Lane. I have a big, dumb grin on my face that won't be fading soon.

I chose to read this because of my respect for Aleksandr Voinov's writing. I don't know if I had expectations for this story but I have to say that I was surprised to find something so sweet and sexy. Having just come off reading his Dark Soul series, I was still in dark, edgy and intense mode. Country Mouse is emotional to be sure, but in a delightfully uplifting way. Very satisfying.

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Malcolm chuckled wickedly. "You, my American friend, are like a hidden landmine of sex appeal. I'm going to have to look out for you."
"Too late." Owen raised his face to to the unfamiliar smells, breezes, sounds of the city, enjoying them even more now that he knew something of it and it had become personal to him. "I've already exploded. You're caught."
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My perception of Amy Lane's work is that she writes very sexy stories. Without question, Voinov is quite adept at turning on the steam. Together, they created realistic, intimate scenes that allowed for emotions to build, as well as drove the story onward. I appreciate when a love scene doesn't stop the story-telling.

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He tasted like gingermint and chocolate kulfi and something stronger and more powerful, something like want and need, and Owen drank him in and gave him back, dying for him in the subjective three hours it took to get to Malcolm's door.
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The two main characters are beautifully created and have wonderful chemistry. Normally, when I read such likeable characters I want more but I have to say, I am perfectly satisfied with the ending.

I highly recommend this to those seeking a completely fulfilling romance. Very enjoyable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cute, predictable story. 31 Oct. 2012
By Marketing Professor in Connecticut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Bi American guy meets gay British guy in a seedy, straight London pub. Over the course of a weekend they change each other's lives. It *could* happen. Strangely, however, they both seem to like the BDSM side of man-on-man sex. How likely is that to happen?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sweet enough to cause cavities 31 Aug. 2012
By Beck - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a really sweet story that made insta-love work. It was believable given the connection Malcolm & Owen forged during an intense weekend. I loved the way Lane showed the difference between 'acting like a Dom' & 'being a Dom'. It didn't matter that Owen was the one on his knees, he was the one in charge at all times. This scenario & it's characters really appealed to me. For lovers of hard-core BDSM, be warned tho', this story is super-charged sugar-kink. I'm going to add this book to my read-again pile & recommend it for anyone who is feeling a tad jaded & wants a sweet HEA to perk you up.

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