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Posted September 7, 2013
While I don't usually enjoy serial novella's, The Market Garden serial is one that I completely enjoy. I like that each book is about a different set of characters who we meet in the previous books. And the best part of those are that you don't have to read them all in order to understand what is going on.
In this book, we meet Frank, the owner of the famous Market Garden, and we get to find out why he started it in the first place. Frank has always been in the background, we know about him but not ABOUT him. So I was glad when his story finally was going to be told. There is a lot going on with him, and I don't want to give too much away by telling you everything, but I have to say one of the twists that is in this book I completely liked the fact they put that in there.
Stefan's character I am unsure as to what I feel about him. While he was a very interesting person, there were parts of him that I didn't enjoy. There were times where I felt like he was just using Frank to try to get ahead. But throughout the story, we find out more that makes him him. I liked the fact that he understands what Frank is going through and wants to be with him no matter what.
I liked the different aspects that the authors thought to add to the story. The paintball field, the games that went on in that field, everything like that.
All in all, once again I am completely glad with how this story played out. Another great part of of the series!
Review provided by Crystal's Many Reviews
Posted August 20, 2013
Capture & Surrender.Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.
I'm becoming a real fan of the Market Garden series. I loved If it flies and If it fornicates and now we catch up with frank, owner of the Garden. The whole premise of a safe place for all parties involved to meet and set up arrangements seems so sensible to me. I don't understand why prostitution isn't legal and treated the same way as any other business, that way it would be safer on both physical and health grounds if compulsory check ups were mandatory, the tax would benefit Govt. coffers (!) and there would be proper employment for those who chose this work. As ever of course, I only want people who chose this work, not to be forced into it. Why shouldn't it be the same as any other business, say housecleaning, catering, taxi driving? They're all public service, with an exchange of skills for money. Finding someone for sexual needs, or finding safe customers must be difficult, add on to that the dangers of assault if one party is gay and the other not and takes offence... must be a nightmare. So the Market Garden is a brilliant idea even if only fictional.
Anyway, back to the story. Frank lost his partner to AIDS some time back, and keeps himself to a select few friends who know, and doesn't make it public knowledge. Raoul – barkeep/assistant manager/finder of new guys has brought Stephan along for interview. He knows the tough ex serviceman will appeal to Frank, and he's soon hired to take Nick's place now he's left ( ah Nick – loved that man...) and his customers miss him.
Franks strongly attracted to Stephan but holds himself back, not wanting to break his own rules. He invited him paint balling, though with a regular group that meet for paint ball with some usual prizes for prisoners and hits..sex fest for all and gladly looked forward to, but done safely. Franks stays out of the actual game and only refs because of his situation. Over time Stephan makes it clear to Frank he's interested in being more than just an employee – Frank tells him he doesn't date employees, but Stephan’s not one for just accepting a “no” when he ants “yes” !! He gradually wears Frank down and …...things go well for a bit, then it goes sour, with some things becoming public and some cold feet on Franks part. That's a really sad moment with both of them unhappy and they need to take a good look at what’s to be lost or gained.
As ever its a tender love story, of course there's sex, but its done in a very sensual way. Its not ugly or just graphic for titillating purpose/shock value as it often is in M/M romances, but fits properly into the story. The romance between Frank and Stephan is so tender, gruff older man and tough younger Ex soldier it doesn't seem likely the spark would be there between them – but it is and it soon flames into a fiery passion.
Great book as ever from the duo of Aleks and L.A. Subtle humour, realistic situations and tender romance all wrapped up in a shortish novel. Quality as always from the specialist publishers Riptide.
Stars: yep – another five from me :)