Title: Once Around Seven (Nortown #5)
Author: Ofelia Gränd
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: July 31st 2018
Page Count: 100
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Oswald Sattle has been sleeping in his Toyota Camry for the last two hundred and seventy-three days, the exact number of days since he discovered his fiancé cheating on him. Now, out of money and out of options, he’s on his way to Nortown. Aiden, an acquaintance from his past, has offered him a job opportunity he can’t turn down, no matter how much he’d like to.
Joshua Roth moved to Nortown four years ago and he has everything he needs—a job, friends, peace and quiet. He’s not looking for a boyfriend; no one even knows he’s gay, and he’d like it to stay that way. But a stranger in town has Joshua rethinking his decision.
Oswald looks like he wants to hide from the world, and Josh finds himself wanting to get him to smile, to feed him, and make everything better.
In a small town, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, reaching for what you want can feel like a risk. But some risks are worth taking.
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I like the Nortown series because it feels very comforting and familiar somehow. I ‘ve loved most books in the series and while Once around Seven didn’t steal the show, it was still a fun read.
-Ofelia Grand’s writing. It just feels like home. It’s flowing easily but at the same time it’s very evocative.
-Joshua and Oswald’s first meeting and the connection they formed. I loved that Oswald found Joshua’s presence so soothing after the shock wore off. Nice on the steamy times as well.
-Nice to see the rest of the Nortown boys and their significant others!
I had a couple of issues with the story. First, it felt a little underdeveloped. A few more chapters would have helped immensely. Oswald’s character and his struggles were left unexplored (mental health issues were definitely involved imo), and his new relationship with Joshua was rushed. Second, I found Oswald’s lack of self esteem a bit OTT but that might be a personal preference.
Overall, Once around Seven is short, somewhat angsty but with humorous moments and plenty of feels. The ending is a HFN. I just wish it wasn’t so short.
Recommended for the fans of the Nortown series.