Book Review – Stumble by Becca Seymour


Outback Boys #1
Publisher: Rainbow Tree Publishing
Pages: 109
Characters: Trey/Mark
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Series

Blurb:
Trey has a problem he’s worked hard to manage. It involves not turning into a bumbling mess while around a gorgeous brown-haired man who’s way out of his league. Eight months’ practice from being part of the same LGBTQI+ adventure group, Outback Boys, means he’s perfected the skill.

That’s until an epic stumble makes his head spin and he throws all caution to the wind. But there’s no turning back now, especially since a snow-filled trip means they’re forced to spend even more time together.

Mark has no concerns about the changes unfolding between him and Trey, the giant of a man who’s adorably reserved. He’s been crushing on him for so long that he’s eager to explore more. But when their latest adventure is over and they fall back into the real world, balancing work, life, and a relationship proves more challenging than he envisioned.

Something has got to give, and neither man knows the best way ahead without upsetting the status quo. Can the two Aussies work their way through their new connection, or will they stumble at the first hurdle in their way?

Outback Boys is a sweet and sexy low-angst M/M romance series complete with bruised butts, rope burn, and overworked muscles… all in the pursuit of adventure, of course!

Stumble

Review

I love this author’s contemporary romances, and was invested in Trey and Mark as soon as I started reading. An added bonus for me was the Australian setting, and I liked the set up for the series, and how the title relates to their story.

I liked that Mark and Trey talked through the potential issues of a holiday romance not working out, and that they go the extra mile to make sure they’re able to pursue their relationship despite Mark’s long working hours. They’re both nice guys, and I enjoyed spending time with them and watching their growing friendship and romance.

I loved the charity auction part of the story. Mark’s family put him in an awkward situation and his brother-in-law is a total arse. The way Trey handles things, bids for his man is perfect, and shuts down any ideas of Mark’s ex moving in, is perfect.

The epilogue is wonderfully sweet, and the perfect HEA for these guys. I’m looking forward to seeing them in future books in the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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