Title: One More Time (Thornwood #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 21, 2015 – 200 pgs
Wanting to start over after breaking off a relationship with his married boss, Caleb Robinson is happy to move from Los Angeles to Thornwood, Colorado. He can barely find the town on a map, which is just the kind of place Caleb needs. He’s not looking for a relationship, and Thornwood looks to be the perfect place to get lost in his art. But when Thornwood’s local police officer, Trent Williams, knocks on Caleb’s front door, both men have an instant attraction to each other, and Caleb’s plans for solitude might have to change.
But he soon learns that Trent is a legendary one-night-stand man for a very special reason. His boyfriend has been kept on life support for the past five years after a serious skiing accident. Even though Simon isn’t expected to wake up and Trent says he’s trying to get past him, he won’t entertain anything that comes close to commitment. As compelling as their attraction is, Caleb doesn’t want to be just another hook-up, and he won’t be the other man. But Trent isn’t sure he can risk the pain of losing someone else he cares about, no matter how intense the chemistry between him and Caleb.
I think the town stole the show for me with this book. Thornwood Colorado might just be the perfect small town.
The handsome, friendly police officer might add to the attraction but I was a little hot and cold with Trent all the way through. I loved his friendship and tentative relationship with Caleb, but I struggled with his string of one-night stands. His relationship with his father, and his relationship with Simon gave me hope, but his need for casual sex was off-putting.
But if Trent was a little bit slutty, Caleb came off as an uptight prude at times. It is only when we start to see him relax with his friends that he becomes more relaxed and a little bit fun.
This is a very angsty story. Sex and the decision to have sex or not to have sex causes huge conflict. I’m sure there are promise ring wearing teenagers who find sex less complicated and probably more enjoyable than Trent and Caleb do through much of this story. Both men come with sexual baggage and the result is a sexual minefield.
So – overall, I loved the feel-good hometown. I love the setting in the Rockies and I love watching Caleb make the transition from LA life to small-town living. I liked the characters, but I didn’t fall for them completely. I think I would have preferred more sex and less angst, but this was still an engaging story.
This book just came across totally weird. Trent was so slutty I almost could finish the book. Caleb was so stuffy you had to wonder if he has a stick up his a** but he decided to leave LA and picked Thornwood to move to. There was some humor in the book so at least I got a laugh every once in a while. But there was also sorrow and heartache also. Overall it wasn’t a bad book the author writing style was good. I always say that the writing style of the book can make or break it. This is the only reason I really could finish the book was because to the authors writing style.
Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance and their dog. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.