Title: Once in the Underworld (Nortown #4)
Author: Ofelia Gränd
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: March 14th 2017
Page Count: 130
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.50 stars out of 5
Chris Hart owns the only grocery shop in Nortown, but he isn’t exactly overrun by customers. Some days he wonders why he bothers to open the doors at all. Spending his days smiling at the few people that do trickle in and his nights alone in bed isn’t the most interesting life a man could lead. But when Chris suddenly gets the excitement he’s been craving, it may just be more than he bargained for.
Gabriel Miller loves his life. He’s close to his sister, has a job he adores and is the proud owner of one and a half cats. But all of it is taken away when he witnesses a murder and, to keep him safe, the police place him in Nortown, of all possible locations.
Chris can’t believe they’re letting someone live in his gran’s old cabin in the middle of the winter; it’s too cold. When the poor man shows up in his shop looking to buy clothes, Chris’s heart melts, despite the freezing temperature. Gabriel notices the way the shopkeeper looks at him, but it can’t be right. No one looks at a heavyset man with heat in their eyes. Do they?
When the danger follows Gabe to Nortown, it’s more than their chance at happiness that is threatened, and Chris and Gabe find themselves fighting just to stay alive.
When I’m in the mood for something sweet, this is exactly what I’m looking for. Sweet and gentle, but not overly fluffy. Interesting but not perfect MCs. Consistent characterization and great writing, with just the right amount of steam. Yup, my favorite lumberjacks are back!
So, Once in the Underworld turned out to be a little different than I expected. And really, I shouldn’t expect anythting anymore because it’s obvious that each book has something different to say.
Poor Gabe…I hated the way he put himself down. And I loved his love and devotion to his pets. But I HATED the way he called himself fat. But I LOVED the way he talked about Chris. Chris really was the perfect match for Gabe.
The sex scene in the end is so.damn.beautiful! That’s the only way to describe it. Really hot, really emotional, and really beautiful. Also, the phrase “You ‘re so tight I don’t know what to do.” was involved. Nuff said.
This was my personal favorite in the Nortown series. I loved John’s story but this one was even better. I also believe that there will be more to come. Because you can’t just tease me with a hot doctor and not deliver. Just saying.