Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Strawberry Rivals by Hollis Shiloh

Strawberry Rivals Title: Strawberry Rivals by Hollis Shiloh
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published March 18th 2013
Length: 71 pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Strawberries. Rivalry. Flirting. Warm summer days and a large, orange cat.

Okay, so I almost backed into the guy. But it was mostly his fault, and I did try to apologize. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is a real jerk. Or at least I thought so till he stopped to offer me a lift when I ran out of gas.

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3.5 Stars Rounded up to 4 Stars

During the prime strawberry picking season, Chris and Peter compete with each other at the market for selling strawberries. Peter, the innovated one, owns a small company and makes great business deals. Chris, on the other hand, has a fat cat at home, is unemployed, and knows how to make superb strawberry jam.

I love the first part of the story where the MCs dance around each other but still get closer to each other with every turn (figuratively). These two couples really start off on the wrong foot and keep misunderstanding each other's actions. It builds up the drama and the conversations seem very real. However, towards the end, there are too many misunderstandings and angst over them that it become a little tedious. Characters jump to conclusions a lot and there is no build up of emotion leading to big revelations. The ending seems rush but still offers a closure and HEA to the characters.

The tone of the blurb is very similar to the whole story. It's a cute short story that will pique your interest and hold your attention for a few hours. I definitely recommend to M/M fans looking for a short story.

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