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Autumn: A Crow City Side Story Kindle Edition
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"A tryst. A liaison. An entanglement. Or...a second chance at what could have been."
Joseph and Walford's story swallowed me up right from the very start. Wally is a character I've loved from the moment we met him in The Lost and, whilst you wouldn't imagine back then he'd become the character he does, I've honestly never become so attached to a secondary character. So for him to get his moment centre stage is an absolute treat and you soon realise there's far more to Wally beneath his outward confidence and splendour: this caring, witty man is someone who has kept his insecurities and the pain of unrequited love hidden for years.
"I have ached for you for more than twenty long years."
Grouchy, brooding and stubbornly independent because of his disability and the limitations it can bring, at first glance Joseph is Wally's opposite and letting the man he's pushed away for so long into his heart and his home is no mean feat. Underneath though it's a different story. These men have an uneasy past that has been intertwined for years, but the key is honesty and the fact that they're now a tad older, wiser, have both been hurt by others and each other, yet are under no illusion that the attraction is there and is worth taking a chance on. And the leaps they take together fills this story with feeling: in one breath they're so adorable together and the next they're unleashing each other's passionate side, in every sense of the word.
"If I know what feels good...then I know what makes you feel good."
Seeing these men grow individually and together--the thoughtful gestures, the amusing bickering, their firsts, laying themselves bare, opening up their hearts and disturbing old hurts-- was an absolute joy to be a part of and the amount of smiling and sobbing I did along the way is testament to just how much I loved Autumn. Wally and Joseph will hold your heart in their hands, I fell hard for both of them and when it comes to heartwarming, sensual and sexy M/M contemporary romances with just the right sprinkling of angst, I seriously cannot recommend this highly enough.
"Your brain is a weird place, Wally.”
“Yes, but it’s filled with wondrous and fiendish delights."
(And, it's worth mentioning that whilst a companion novel to The Found with moments you will appreciate if you have read this, if you haven't don't let that deter you, because Autumn can very easily be read as a standalone.)
The character of Wally had me in the palm of his hand from the moment I found him in The Lost. His kindness, softness, quirkiness, nurturing soul spoke to me. Bright, beautiful, magical Wally. So colourful and yet he had this mournful sadness of a life snuffed out. Like a candle where the melting wax drowns the wick and the flame dies. The caterpillar that never becomes the butterfly.
Gentle Joseph (never Joe) (my eldest boy is Joseph, never Joe to me but Joe to everyone else) my heart hurt for him. Disabled and reliant and so in love with his Willow. Take my child away from me and I would be broken. And so Wally and Joseph, Autumn is their story. A man who thinks everyone will leave him. A man who can't forgive, forget, or move on.
The Crow City books make me feel every emotion from the kiss atop my head to tickle on the bottom of my toes. Perfectly written. I'll dream of circuses and autumn leaves and curled moustaches.
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Sometimes the supporting characters in a story are just too much. They're so well-written that the reader wants more. More of those guys in the back, if you please. If you've read the Crow City series you'll know the ache I'm speaking of. Wally and Joseph needed their moment in the sun and Cole McCade did not disappoint.
I'm pleased as punch if you've read the Crow City series because the emotional entanglement will just run deeper for you with Autumn. But! If this is your first stop in Crow City, don't let that hinder you. This is still a story that will seep into your soul and take root.
"Being around you is like drowning in clouds."
One of my favorite things about this author's writing is his imagery. He paints a picture with his words every time and I live within the pages. They come to life and surround you in the harsh realities, subtle details, and squishy feelings of Crow City. Being immersed in Autumn was the best yet. The wonder and purity of Joseph's and Wally's relationship will squeeze your heart just so.
"Have you ever loved someone who's all wrong for you?"
"More times than I can count, darling."
Two men with different struggles harboring regrets and secrets... when their different paths emerge into one it could easily lead to heartbreak and suffering. Following along with their ebb and flow is the most pleasure I've had reading in some time. They have stolen a piece of my heart that I never want back. Their unique personalities, witty banter, and sharp edges add to an already brilliant plot.
"Some people are quiet in their pain, yet it is no less real."
Autumn may be a side story for this series, but it's spotlight quality. Let Wally and Joseph pull you through with laughter, maybe some tears, and the best feelings a love story can give you. My words could never do this story justice.
That’s not to say there wasn’t any angst. This is after all, a Crow City novel.
The book was originally meant to be a novella, and I had my reservations when I learned that it had expanded into a full-length novel – partly because the novellas in this series are worth their weight in gold but also because I like sweet endings, even if they’re only HFNs. As I was reading, I could even imagine the spot that would’ve made a tidy stopping point if it had kept its original format. I admit I was nearly afraid to carry on reading, but I’m so glad I did. Wally and Joseph deserve all the joy and so much more, but nothing comes easy when you have a recent loss and 20-odd years of animosity to overcome. Without getting into the nitty gritty, let’s just say that I’m so happy the author followed his instincts and granted them a much-deserved HEA.
I confess I was a complete goner for Wally’s old-world charm and quiet grace right from the start – well, from The Saved, if I’m being honest. Thankfully the refined ringmaster turned shopkeeper was more debonair chic than circus flair, and if the author’s goal was to make me fall madly in love every time he described Wally, then job well done. I also loved the way he spoke and his old-timey exclamations, but not gonna lie, it was odd. Which is why I laughed out loud when Joseph called Wally out on it.
“Oh,” he gasped, digging his fingers into Joseph’s hair. “Oh, dear.”
Joseph stilled. That tormenting mouth left Wally’s flesh, leaving his nipples tingling and peaking as cool air tickled at the dampness of his skin. Joseph pulled up on both arms, looking down at Wally flatly, the corners of his mouth twitching.
“Really? Really,” he panted roughly, half-growling. “I’m doing everything I can to curl your toes and all you can say is “oh dear.”
It took a bit longer for me to warm up to Joseph. Just going by memory, I did not expect him to be so in tune with his feelings and neither did I expect him to embrace his bisexuality so easily. And I certainly did not imagine his first words to Wally to be so introspective and vulnerable. And yes, I realize it’s odd that I had a hard time wrapping my head around a 47-year-old curmudgeon in touch with his feelings but had absolutely no problem with a former circus ringmaster with whimsical airs. Obviously, I did not give Joseph enough credit. I admired his determination to pick up the pieces of his life and I thought his day-to-day challenges with MS were well-portrayed. But most of all, I couldn’t help but love him a little bit more every time he teased Wally and lovingly called him “weirdo.”
“I suppose I should tell you now that I’m really a Russian spy, and the circus was but a cover to escape being killed by my rivals.”
Joseph groaned. “Wally?”
“Yes, darling dear?”
“Shut up, you weirdo.”
Autumn is marketed as a standalone, and while it is an alluring gateway book, I personally feel it would be a shame to read it by itself. For the uninitiated looking to dip their toes, I would recommend reading this along with companion novella The Saved. If you’re already familiar with Crow City, well then Autumn is an absolute must-read. It felt like a deep, calming breath and a much-needed reprieve before we’re plunged back into the dark but beautiful world that is Crow City.
Joseph..I am sorry to say I never would have thought of giving him this big starring role..certainly not for his disability, maybe I just overlooked him, behind a Willow that had center stage..but i would certainly not make the mistake twice..I saw all of him in technicolour and.
These two together broke me and melt my heart at the same time..the past and the present at odds, but they find a way, they learned along the way and they fought for a better tomorrow, together they are ready to face the future.
I felt this story in my bones..God, did I ever..and as always, the author's words are tru beauty.
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