- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 385 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (22 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JVDE4JA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,476,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really need to stop judging books by their cover! Really not a fan of the cover so I wasn't sure about the book itself but the book blub sounded so interesting that I had to give it a try.
If you are in need of a quick HEA fist with a slow build up, this is so the book for that. It's a quick read but also a complete and satisfying read.
I guess this book can fall under paranormal...Lake is a naiad which makes him one with freshwater and Forrest is a dryad which makes him one with the trees; so the names of our MCs are kinda obvious:-). Lake has spent the last eight years some what displaced because he's had now water to call his own or home until he is stationed in upstate Michigan. Forrest has been in the closet since he figured out he was gay and seemed to be content to stay that way. By nature and by job they were the guardians of Kingdom, the center of the Northeast's ecosystem. Their relationship is a slow build starting with friendship (which I appreciated) that doesn't show their true feelings for each other until the area they are entrusted to guard is threaten.
I adored the secondary characters in this story. Knowing that they are chanting right along with you for Lake and Forrest to get together was nice. You didn't feel like you were in this alone with wanting them to get together and saying "kissing him already" or "tell him already"(there is comfort in cheering along with a crowd LOL).
So like I said don't judge a book by it's cover this isn't a cheesy story. Just a nice little HEA with just the right amount of angst, no over the top drama, and a villain to boo.
Lake Clearwater is eager to start his new position as Gem Lake's conservation officer. Unfortunately, he isn't off to a good start and almost dies in the snow in the woods until Forrest Oakwood finds him and brings him the station. Lake is suffering from hypothermia and Forrest has to keep him warm. That isn't so bad, but Forrest is attracted to Lake right off the bat. We soon find out that Lake feels the same for Forrest. However, neither does anything because Lake doesn't want to lose his job and Forrest doesn't believe Lake is gay. He is also hesitant because of an incident in Forrest's past that he is deeply ashamed about.
Lake and Forrest sleep in the same room, and at one point in the story, the author writes a particular masturbation scene where the action switches back and forth between the characters, each thinking the other is asleep. The scene flowed very well between the two characters without the jarring that can often happen when povs change.
The book reads like a fairytale. Lake is a naiad, a human that can take the form of a water spirit. Forrest is a dryad and spirit of the woods. We find that they are humans that turned into nature spirits, and that there is something else unusual about the town's people. The 'people' were very well described and we can easily tell `what' they are.
There are a couple of things I didn't like however. One was the overuse of the term, "Powers That Be," during sex. It sounded silly after more than one use. Next was the use of hand lotion as lube. The author has used hand lotion as lube before in her books and I'm wondering why not use olive oil or another cooking oil instead? I'm sure since they cook, they have it in the house. It's much less likely to get tacky too, plus it's natural compared to hand lotion with loads of artificial ingredients, since Lake and Forrest are nature creatures.
The author did a great job of tying names of the characters to their personalities and what they represented. When it came to the sex and the senses, the author described actions and feelings in terms of nature without becoming repetitive. The writing flowed nicely without dragging.
This is a fun, fairytale style read, with imaginative usage of words. Easy to read with a HEA, I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a low angst, fast and happy read. I give this 4 Stars.
I wasn't sure what to expect with "True Nature" by Jessica Freely, and I was pleased to discover that the book was a charming slow-building romance. Ms. Freely uses a good deal of nature humor with her word choices, and astute readers will be able to guess the backgrounds of secondary characters based on their names.
The two main characters are Lake Clearwater (a naiad) and Forrest Oakwood (a dryad). They live a large portion of their daily lives as conservation officers for the Department of Natural Resources, but they each have a secret deeper connection with nature. Both men are Guardians of Gem Pond with responsibilities to protect the natural habitat from destruction and harm. One of the major twists in the story, however, is that each man is hesitant to tell the other that they are Guardians. Another significant element of the story is that Lake and Forrest are both gay and attracted to each other, but they try to keep their feelings contained out of professional respect for one another. I enjoyed the opportunity to see Lake and Forrest slowly reveal their strengths and get to know each other, which helped make their romance seem more true-to-life amidst the supernatural aspects to the story.
The pressures of a past tragedy weighs on Lake, who wants this Guardianship to be more successful than one he held several years ago. Forrest has lived at Gem Pond for his entire life, and he feels responsibility towards his neighbors and home. As another DNR officer begins to threaten Gem Pond, Lake and Forrest rise to the challenge and work together to save their home, falling in love at the same time.
I look forward to reading more by Jessica Freely. I recommend "True Nature."