Series: The Landmarks Series
Publication Date: May 28, 2017
Length: 98 pages
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Reviewed by Michael
Adam Wright loves his city, his job, his close friends, and is content with his single status. But his unrequited crush on his sometimes drinking buddy, the seemingly straight Timmy, is shaking his ability to maintain the status qup.
Even if Adam doesn't want to admit it, his walls aren't as high where Timmy is concerned. Timmy is older, more outwardly confident, and full of surprises—not the least of which is the night when drinks lead to proof Adam's crush isn't so unrequited.
After they navigate Adam's anxiety and Timmy's own insecurities, their fairy tale may just have the happy ending they both needed time to realize they deserve.
I'm a sucker for a good team-up.
Superman and Batman
Charlie Brown and Snoopy
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
Just to name a few.
So, when I heard about a new series being jointly written by Felice Stevens and Kade Boehme, I was incredibly excited. I have read virtually everything Ms. Stevens has published, and love her writing and characters. However, I was not as familiar with Mr. Boehme's work, having read only one of his books.
That, my friends, is about to change.
"Ferry-Tale" is the inaugural novella in "The Landmarks Series", a joint venture between Felice and Kade. Each book will use some of the unique landmarks in New York City as a backdrop to tell the stories. This is a fantastic concept, especially for those of us that have never been to New York City.
The book itself is grounded. What I mean is that the characters are real, with their own foibles and insecurities. They're not perfect, physically or emotionally. They don't hang out in a gym, or hit up the clubs. They drink, smoke, talk, and feel. It's these imperfections that really endear you to the characters. They're real, normal, everyday people.
The entire novella is told from Adam's perspective, and it's done almost conversationally. His colloquialisms give the reader fantastic insight into what he thinks, how he feels, and, more importantly, WHY he feels the way he does. If you didn't know any better, you would swear he was your best friend. You WANT him to be your friend.
Speaking of best friends, Willa is perfect for Adam. She has the ability to call him out when needed or give him just the right amount of encouragement to set him on the right path. The bond the two share is unique, and you can truly feel that it's strong.
Timmy is such a warm, caring, thoughtful person, although you don't know it right away. Adam comes to some realizations throughout the course of the story involving Timmy, and as he does, the reader knows that these are things that have always been there that but he's just now noticing. Almost like he's looking at a picture he's seen before and yet seeing something new. Simple, little things, not grand gestures. But more often than not, it's the little things that make the greatest impact.
I fell for this book. Hard. I could totally identify with Adam, the way he thinks, the way he feels. If this book is any indication of what is in store for the rest of the series, I am definitely in for the long haul.
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