Monday, February 3, 2020

Mystic Man by EJ Russell


2018-2019 Rainbow Awards Runner-up, Best Gay Contemporary Romance & Romantic Comedy

When a series of personal crises prompt risk-averse research librarian Aaron Templeton to apply for a job on the other side of the country, nobody is more surprised than he is. He nearly runs home before the final interview except for one little problem: he has no home anymore. He put his condo on the market before he left California and it's already sold. Only an encounter with free-spirited Connecticut native Cody Brown at the Mystic Seaport Museum staves off Aaron's incipient panic attack.

Cody loves nothing better than introducing newcomers to the great features of his beloved home state, and when the newbie in question is a rumpled professorial type with the saddest blue eyes on the planet? Score! The attraction between the two men deepens as they explore Cody's favorite spots, but when difficulties arise and Aaron's insecurities threaten to overwhelm him, will Cody's love be enough to keep him in Mystic?

Mystic Man is a 32,000-word novella featuring a pertinent internal playlist, suggestive shellfish consumption, and a six-year-old who thinks history should have more girls. HEA guaranteed.

Mystic Man has been re-released. This is a former review for this book. 

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Mystic Man, my first time reading an EJ Russell book, has left me happy to have discovered this States Of Love romance.

Cody has unknowingly been searching for something, yearning for something, and thus goes on an adventurous trip each year. But everything changes when he meets the impulsive Aaron, who just up and moved to Connecticut on a whim.

Cody volunteers to give Aaron a tour of Mystic Seaport. And what follows is a sweet and tender romance that forever changes their lives. One man is overly cautious, the other is impulsive. Together they compliment each other perfectly, as one man finds his anchor and the other finds his safe harbor. 

Cody and Aaron's story is beautiful and romantic. It contains some wit, fun, and humor. It's downright charming the way that Aaron finds such comfort, peace, tranquility and contentment in Cody. 

I love Cody's relationship with Kaya. It is definitely a little bonus for the reader. It also hits on an important lesson that teachers need to be gentle with their students. Kaya's report is amazing, and this whole scene is heart warming. I related to this scene as my daughter used to get in trouble for coloring her art work unrealistic colors.   

Mystic Man perfectly captures the charm and atmosphere of Mystic Seaport. EJ Russell managed to transport me back into this wonderful place, and it was described so darn accurately. Well done!

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