Title: Counting on You
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 22
Page Count: 91
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Henry and Marc can’t seem to catch a break. They’ve had two disastrous dates—the first trapped in a car during a blizzard and the second locked in a basement—followed by nearly two months apart. Even though they work for the same firm, their relationship is held together by flying visits, phone calls, and text messages. A joint assignment in Washington DC might be more togetherness than they can handle, however.
Henry is still battling insecurity, and this assignment is too important to his career to mess up. Marc is committed. He’s falling for Henry and looks forward to having him permanently on his team and at his side. But the real test isn’t the assignment. When Marc finally lays his heart on the line, can he count on Henry to be there for him, in every way that matters? And can he do the same for Henry when Henry needs it the most?
This is a third book in a series about two men who have uniquely bad luck in dates: all their previous attempts ended being slightly unconventional, to put it mildly. I was curios what was going to happen next.
The book started great: the men banter easily and their affection is obvious. At the moment things between them are unsettled as work has kept them separated. For all intents and purposes they have long distance relationship as most of the time they aren’t even in the same town, despite working at the same firm. Henry is troubled because he is Marc’s first boyfriend and he wonders if his lover changed his mind. He is absolutely thrilled to discover they will have an opportunity to work together. He hopes this will give them a chance to strengthen their relationship.
While the setup was great, the story didn’t quite deliver. I’m not sure if it was because this was the last in series and I haven’t read previous book or because I recently read some great contemporary books, but this one fell short of expectations. I wasn’t invested in the characters so the plot and resolution were somewhat underwhelming. The conflict felt staged. Interaction between Marc and Henry got boggled down in sexual innuendo, which didn’t give me the time or space to get to know characters better.
I believe this would be a solid read who those who have read previous books. I wouldn’t suggest reading it as standalone, but as the last book in series it’s probably good.