Synopsis: Gerald, a well-off accountant, is taking riding lessons at Brett’s stable. He feels attracted to Brett, and vice versa, but both men assume that the other is straight. Eventually that little misconception is cleared up and they own up to their feelings. Brett is totally smitten and wants to make it permanent. However, he is not certain how Gerald feels about things. He is getting mixed signals and is never sure whether they are both really in sync.
Review: I loved the blurb when I first read about this book and got it right away when it came out. I expected a solid story with two lovable men and without unbearable angst and adventure. And Ariel Tachna and Madeleine Urban delivered. Gerald and Brett were both absolutely realistic characters. They got to know each other over quite a long period of time and became close friends. On both sides there was sexual tension, but neither of the two ever let on about it (at least not knowingly).
Gerald’s easy going manner, agreeing to Brett’s every suggestion made Brett more and more uneasy. Why doesn’t he voice his own wishes? Why does he never say what he’d rather do? It never occurred to him that Gerald just agreed because their wishes were the same, but he always suspected Gerald didn’t care enough to even bother. Sweet!
This was a very pleasant and satisfying story. I enjoyed reading about the life at a riding stable and the chores that come along with it. I could picture the horses, the landscape, the old farm, the barbecue as if I was right there. The two protagonists were great characters that went very well together. If you enjoy a story that focuses on the couple and their feelings, with lots of love and a great atmosphere, you will find "Sutcliffe Cove" delightful. I certainly did.
Available at Dreamspinner Press