Jigs and Reels (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)


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Title: Jigs and Reels
Author: Leigh M. Lorien
Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Release Date: September 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 58 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Elijah works in a cubicle, lives with his parents, and never goes on dates. It isn’t an exciting life, but it’s safe and easy and that’s good enough.

Then he meets Peter, a whirlwind of a man who leads a traveling renaissance band. Peter represents everything Eli usually avoids, but his boisterous enthusiasm is infectious… and his band needs a fiddle player.

When Eli agrees to fill in for a weekend, he awakens a part of himself he thought long gone. With Peter’s help, he shakes off the dust that has settled on his soul and remembers how to have fun.

But when the band asks him to join them permanently, is Eli’s newborn sense of adventure — and insane crush on a man he barely knows — enough to make him leave the safety of a life he’s clung to for years?


Kilted Hottie

Kilts?

kilted hottie

Check.

Irish cèilidh with fiddles and flutes?

irish fiddle

Check.

Hot gay guys, kilts, fairy wings, cèilidhean, fiddles, and flutes?

fairy wings 2

Check.

What’s not to like? No, this title wasn’t one of those that goes on my 5-star shelf, but for a short, it wasn’t bad. I wasn’t overly fond of the 25-year-old character still living with mom and dad and acting like he was a kid instead of an adult. I also wasn’t overly fond of the youth of one of the MCs in general, but you see, that’s a personal hangup.

Objectively, this short was well-written, had an interesting background story going, and overall … it was sweet. It didn’t set me on fire and didn’t provoke any visceral reactions, but it was entertaining enough that I didn’t eyeroll through the whole thing or feel like I needed a shower for being a cougar-perv.

Given the subject matter, I thought it had potential to be way hotter in the sexy department, but since we didn’t get that, I gave it 3 stars. I recommend it for those lunch break quickies where you need to escape into an alternate reality to avoid the one you’re living in.

This review is cross-posted at Goodreads. Other reviews by NeRdyWYRM can be read here.


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Galley copy of Jigs and Reels provided by JMS Books, LLC in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents’ full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates.

Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don’t have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it’s any device with a Kindle app.

I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I’ve surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital.

I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there’s not much out there I won’t read.

I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that ‘smut’ as she called it. I’d already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn’t be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom.

~~wink-wink~~

My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It’s served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there’s nothing at all I’m unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.

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