Nortown Box Set 1

Title: Nortown Box Set 1
Author: Ofelia Gränd
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 376
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Welcome to Nortown, where the men are bearded, the shirts are plaid, and where wood is found in more places than the forest.

In this box set, you’ll get to know some of Nortown’s inhabitants and follow them on their journey to love.

Once in a Snowstorm: Aiden & Tristan
Aiden gets trapped in a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere and is saved by a real-life lumberjack. Tristan doesn’t want his tranquillity disturbed, but he can’t leave the poor man to freeze to death, and there are more ways than one to warm a person.

Once in a Forest: Tom & Jason
Jason has one rule when it comes to holidays—find a willing body to distract himself with—and this Easter that body will be Tom. Tom doesn’t do relationships, and he doesn’t do flings, but his house grows terribly quiet this Easter, and say what you want about Jason, but he isn’t quiet.

The Empty Egg: Aiden & Tristan
Aiden plans on surprising Tristan with an Easter egg filled with sweet toffees and silky fun, but he grows more and more nervous as the egg gets emptier and emptier.

Once in May: Zachary & John
John is hiding from his ghosts. He has found the perfect little place, far away from people, to do so. Then one day, a huge, bearded man knocks on his door. Zach knows he should leave the skittish man alone, but for some reason, he can’t.

Happy Endings: Aiden & Tristan
Aiden is working hard to get his massage studio off the ground. Tristan thinks he’s working too hard, so when Aiden’s back is giving up on him, he tries to hide it. Tristan, on the other hand, decides it’s time for Aiden to be on the receiving end of a massage.
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Content advisory: stories include scenes of explicit intimacy between consenting male adults.

In the forward of the book, the author mentions that she started writing this series mocking some of the commonly used tropes and so I was expecting an overwhelming sense of dry humor, but found a few touching stories about a small town in the woods with a quaint cafe, some lumberjacks and a couple of old gossipy knitters.

Once in a Snowstorm: Aiden & Tristan

Aiden has a chip on his shoulder. He feels he’s been wrongly stereotyped his entire life for being short and thin and stylish. Oh, and he loves yoga. And lattes. When he finds himself with nowhere to go, literally carried from his death in the snow by a lumberjack named Tristan, he finds himself not knowing what to think about his future. Trust doesn’t come easily to Tristan after his divorce and he’s not looking for anything, but when Aiden adds life to his dull cabin, he can’t help but wonder what a little color would look like.

Once in a Forest: Tom & Jason

Jason is in town visiting Aiden for the holiday and wants to have a bit of fun. When Tom is guilted into letting Jason stay with him, he worries what everyone will think and say. But he can’t hide his feelings for long.

The Empty Egg: Aiden & Tristan

When Aiden wants to surprise Tristan with an Easter Egg filled with fudge, he has to think on his feet after he eats it all. This one was more of a bonus scene.

Once in May: Zachary & John

John has lived in town for 3 years and has barely spoken to anyone. He’s had a dark past and is unable to forget. When Zachary comes back to town after 8 years and sees John, he makes it his mission to befriend him and hopes for more.

Happy Endings: Aiden & Tristan

This was another bonus where Aiden is feeling overworked as he is trying to be an equal parter to Tristan financially.

There were three separate relationships at play all in the same small forest town and they were all very sweet, if not completely gooey inside. Each story had the Insta-Love cliche which I took in stride because of the forewarning up front. I don’t anticipate I would have enjoyed the stories as much if I hadn’t been aware that the intent was to overdramatise the situations. Given that information, it softened the nature of the quick turn around relationships and miscommunication.

I did enjoy the superfluous characters of the market owner, the cafe owner and her son, and the two knitters. Theirs stories were interwoven into each of the books in such a way that added a depth of character to Aiden, Tom and John that I appreciated.

If you are looking for a collection of steamy lumberjack stories, this is a great set with happy endings.

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Galley copy of Nortown Box Set 1 provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday