Title: The Sum of Everthing (Pickleville Series II)
Author: April Kelley
Production Date and Length: March 15th, 2015 139 pages
They say opposites attract but can they make love last?
Greg Mitchell’s entire childhood was filled with violence and abuse. That was until he came to work on the Heath Farm. His life was forever changed for the better, including meeting Brian Stockwell. From the first moment Greg met Brian he’s been in love. But a threat his father made four years ago has always held him back from pursuing any real relationship with Brian. That was until he learns his father is on his death bed and of no further harm to himself or Brian.
Greg finds out his family ties are stronger than he thought and they hold Greg back from really getting to know Brian the way he truly wants too. Both men discover that they have more differences than they originally thought
Gage Mitchell only manages to escape an abusive childhood when he is offered a job at Heath Farm on the day both his parents are taken to jail. He spends years working hard on the farm and studying hard to become a veterinarian.
Brian Stockwell grew up as a well loved only child. As a young adult he has had a string of short, meaningless relationships with several men.
When they meet, Gage needs to learn to trust and Brian has to learn how to be in a relationship.
Kelley introduces a bewildering series of characters that form Gage and Brian’s family, some by birth and most through friendships. A few characters are well drawn, but most remain one dimensional.
I kept feeling that I should feel more for Gage as he suffers and grieves, but he never became real for me. I also find it difficult to believe in the relationship between the two young men. Possibly because they are so young. Can a HEA at twenty ever be fully plausible?
Finally, this book needs a thorough edit. There are technical errors and a few awkward plot jumps, which make the story difficult to get into. A good Beta reader could really help this become a great story.
Living in Southwest Michigan, April lives with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.
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