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Author: Cooper West
ISBN: 161372182X
Subcategory: Contemporary
Pages 200 pages
Publisher Dreamspinner Press (October 28, 2011)
Language English
Category: Romance
Rating: 4.8
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ePUB size: 1843 kb
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eBook Dawn in the Orchard download

by Cooper West

Dawn in the Orchard book. Dawn in the Orchard is classic Cooper West. The pace is a bit slower than some contemporary romances, but you really get to know the characters before they hop into bed.

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Dawn in the Orchard - Cooper West. I really liked the main characters, though it took me a little longer to warm to Chuck. My first Cooper West read but definitely not my last.

Dreamspinner said: Dawn in the Orchard by Cooper WestCan Gary and Chuck overcome homophobia and more to make a life together?

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Nervous about being back in the deep South again, surrounded by small-town homophobia, Gary's certainly not ready . except for being deep in the Southern closet.

Nervous about being back in the deep South again, surrounded by small-town homophobia, Gary's certainly not ready to fall in love. Then he meets local farmer, businessman, and fiddle player Chuck Everett, whose family has been contracted to harvest the crop of pecans.

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Gary Winston is a professional musician with a debilitating problem: stage fright. Between his failing career and his failing relationship, Chicago has little left to offer him, so when he inherits his great-aunt's pecan farm in North Carolina, it's the perfect excuse to escape. Nervous about being back in the deep South again, surrounded by small-town homophobia, Gary's certainly not ready to fall in love. Then he meets local farmer, businessman, and fiddle player Chuck Everett, whose family has been contracted to harvest the crop of pecans. Chuck's the perfect man for Gary... except for being deep in the Southern closet. Life heats up quickly when they start making music together, and though both men have more than their fair share of baggage, neither can walk away from the relationship. If Gary rediscovers his muse and realizes being true to himself means moving past his comfort zone, will going forward mean leaving Chuck behind?
"Dawn In The Orchard" struck me as being just okay. I'm a bit baffled as to why I'm not more enthusiastic. Ms. West writes rather well. On the whole, her characters are attractive, empathetic and deeply drawn. But this is the second Cooper West book I've read in the last week that left me just sorta... flat.

The obstacles to the two MCs getting together were not very daunting, so it's not that big a surprise when they do. Gary, a musician fighting a failing career (due primarily to stage fright), comes home to Holden, North Carolina when his great aunt dies and leaves him her house and property. He's just coming off a failed long-term relationship, in which his lover, Roger, was still in the closet - especially to his family, leaving Gary feeling like Roger's "dirty little secret". In Holden, he meets Chuck, a gorgeous man of indeterminate age. I say "indeterminate" because he has salt-and-pepper hair (including body hair), and though graceful, is quite thin, but powerful looking? He's also a man of very few words - in fact, too few words. For his own reasons, Chuck is also deep in the closet.

I had a real problem getting an image, in my mind, of Chuck. I'm afraid Ms. West has some limitations in evoking her characters. For instance, she describes Chuck as having a "skinny" butt, but not a flat one. I'm not at all sure what that means, but it certainly doesn't appear to merit Gary's virtual obsession with watching it. I don't know any gay men who are turned on by skinny butts, but there's as many fetishes as there are people, it seems.

In fact, after reading every word of this book, I still don't know if either of the two men was attractive. Plus, once they begin a physical relationship, there's an awful lot of "rubbing" going on. Someone, apparently, has a bit of a fetish with frottage. But, as a gay man myself, and based on the many gay men I know, I'm not sure that's entirely typical, and had this really weird flash, for a moment, that they were actually a pair of lesbians? For all the men I know, rubbing is what happens when you can't get a moment of privacy, or is strictly foreplay - not actual sex. Things like that, at least for me, prevented the sex scenes from being arousing. Nor were any great emotional insights or epiphanies taking place in their bedroom - simply fairly long, boring sex. No sense of discovery, of wonder, of amazement, of earth-shaking climaxes, mostly just a lot of rubbing. Can we please have a gay romance, even one, in which two men just come together and share their love and their bodies, instead of playing out that often-repeated scene in which one teases the other until the top exclaims "pushy bottom, aren't you?", with a wry smile on his face. Arrrgghh, I've read this scene at least five hundred times. Why is it they can't just get it on, and share their love exploring and pleasuring each others' bodies without the trite dialogue and interminable teases?

The emotional lives of these two men seemed equally stilted. They both do anger well, but not much beyond that. Gary has a chance to become a successful, famous, recognized artist on a national scale and Chuck (a brilliant fiddler) is prepared to take that journey with him. Their reaction? Ho-hum.

The only one excited about the music and its prospects is Tally, one of the best-drawn characters in the book. Tally is Gary's manager, who is investing huge amounts of his own money to push Gary out into the music world, and he's the one who's really excited about the possibilities. And not for the money, because he's already a millionaire (so is Chuck, as it turns out) and (this really threw me) a brilliant conservatory-trained musician who can play rings around all the others, including Gary - but doesn't, because he prefers to manage. Now Tally would make a great subject for Ms. West, much better than the two angry, boring men who led this one.

Sorry, don't mean to be snarky, but this book neither made me smile, nor tear up. The words were fine, the pacing, the themes and the dialogue were fine. But, sadly, it just left me feeling not much of anything. Too bad, because it had great promise. I love books about musicians.
VERY GOOD. Gary's got problems. He is suffering personally and professionally.. And the fates seem to have a cruel sense of humor. He leaves the life of studio musician that he's been eking out in Chicago to return home to the deep dark south. The fates find it funny to have him inherit a tumbledown home bequeathed by a none too loving aunt as there are no other relatives. His major professional challenge is Stage Fright. Gary's got a couple of aces in the hole... His manager Tally who believes in Gary's TALENT... and the fact that he is a talented musician. All this and a love story that results in saving him and Chuckie. To say nothing of Gary's professional problems.
An interesting story line and good character development, except for the argument near the end. It was forced, out of character by that point and sounded fake. Sex scenes were mostly written for a woman's enjoyment and fortunately short enough to ignore if needed.
Gary was bouncing from pillar to post, sleeping on friends' couches, subsisting as a studio musician when his aunt leaves him property in North Carolina. Stage fright has kept him from moving to the next level in his career. There's really nothing keeping him in Chicago, since he and his part-time closeted ex-lover parted ways. So, with little more than the shirt on his back, Gary goes home.

I've come to expect a well-written angsty story from Cooper West. Dawn in the Orchard is classic Cooper West. The pace is a bit slower than some contemporary romances, but you really get to know the characters before they hop into bed. I really felt how lost and frustrated Gary was in relation to his career. And I loved how Cooper West uses the music of Gary's childhood to help him heal and evolve.

Honestly, I didn't like Chuck...at first. This is, after all, Gary's story and Chuck seemed to pose a risk that I wasn't sure Gary was ready for. I mean, what could a wealthy, divorced, closeted single dad want with Gary, except to use him as a boy-toy? But, as you get to know Chuck, you realize he's doing the best he can with the history that he's got.

In the End, I loved that their journey was bumpy. Their reactions, fears and responses rang true every step of the way. This isn't a light read with a fairytale ending and the family singing We are the World over Thanksgiving dinner. There are more than a few moments when you really wonder if one or both of them will call it quits and simply walk away. This is a slow-building, thoroughly masculine romance that had me believing in the probability of happy-ever-after.