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After the Scrum
     

After the Scrum

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by Dahlia Donovan, Hot Tree Editing (Editor)
 

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Caddock "The Brute" Stanford lost his brother and rugby career within the same year. The once man-about-town is now a has-been and guardian to his young nephew. Not sure where life will go after the scrum, he decides to purchase a pub in the Cornwall village of Looe. He never expects to fall in lust—and then love.

Francis Keen hides his crippling

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Caddock "The Brute" Stanford lost his brother and rugby career within the same year. The once man-about-town is now a has-been and guardian to his young nephew. Not sure where life will go after the scrum, he decides to purchase a pub in the Cornwall village of Looe. He never expects to fall in lust—and then love.

Francis Keen hides his crippling anxiety behind his eccentric habits, lush interior design, and beloved dog, Sherlock. Alone by choice after an attack in college left him emotionally scarred, he lives by the sea with his gran, resigned to working small jobs for local businesses. Revamping the pub for the new owner is right up his alley—especially when he realizes who the owner is.Two men, so different, on track for a romantic collision. Can they survive the impact?

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ISBN-13:
9781925448092
Publisher:
Hot Tree Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2016
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.55(d)

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After the Scrum 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
Well I was going to say this was a low angst read, and then I rethought the story and I was like “wow. A lot of situations were thrown in there.” So after making that realization...I’m still going to call it a low angst and light hearted read. Mainly because I never thought the angsty parts were going to affect the story. Still a very quick enjoyable read! Worth my time.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Caddock, the retired rugby player, and Francis, the interior designer, and how they get together. This is a sweet romance, guaranteed to give you the warm fuzzies whilst you read it. Filled with heart-warming characters of both human and canine varieties, you will travel to antiques fairs and pubs in Cornwall. Well-written and smoothly paced, this was a slow burner of a romance, although the attraction was instantaneous. Caddock and Francis are most definitely a case of opposites attracting and definitely complementing each other. Another winner from Dahlia Donovan, and definitely recommended by me. * I received this book from Hot Tree Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
I had the ENORMOUS honour to beta read this book, as it grew, and I loved being part of it. I also purchased a completed copy. Caddock was retired from his beloved rugby after an injury that could, if it happened again, cripple him for life. He relocates to Looe, in Cornwall with his newly inherited 4 year old nephew, Devlin. Caddock hires a local designer to help with the refurb of the pub he buys and gets so much more than he bargained for when Francis crosses his path! Along with his dog, Sherlock, Francis makes quite an impression on Caddock. Can these two really be suited, yet so very different? I used this line in another review, but THAT book has been knocked off its perch! There comes along, once in a while, a book that gives you the warm and fuzzies for days, days I tell ya! THIS is such a book! I loved this book, as I was beta reading it, and I love the finished product just as much! Its such a lovely tale! Its delicious, sweet, sexy, funny, painful, sad and everything inbetween! Its about falling in love when you least expect it, with WHO you least expect. About families, and people changing, when they see the damage they can do. Its about recovery from a traumatic event, and dealing with the after effects. About a dog who looks after his master, and all those around him. Sherlock might be allergic to sheep, but he can herd people all the day long! The differences between Caddock and Francis is long, and extreme, but it just goes to show, opposites really do attract. But they are so very right for each other, from the beginning. Add Sherlock, and Devlin, and you get some funny moments along with the painful ones, some down right hilarious ones with the dangerous ones. Its just brilliant! Its not overly explicit, but that's not what this book is about, its about the LOVE between these two men, and the dog and the child. THAT'S what this book is about. LOVE. I could gush all day, I really could, but I won't. READ.THE.DAMN.BOOK 5 egg custard and peanut butter biscuit stars **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Kobo**
Passionate-Reads More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I loved this story - and all of its quirky, thoughtfully written characters. It's sweet, sexy, poignant - and, overall, one of the most unique M/M romance novels I've read. Caddock "The Brute" Stanford is a former rugby star, reluctantly forced into retirement at age 40 because another injury could cripple him for life. It's a risk he can't afford to take, because he's already suffered the tragic loss of his beloved brother, and has recently become the sole guardian of his 4-year-old nephew, Devlin (aka, "Devil"-- as only a 4-year-old can be). His high-profile life has also forced him to put his need for a real relationship on the back burner for far too long. Even in a society that has accepted gay marriage, gay rugby players tend to attract the wrong kind of media attention, something he can't afford to risk. And then there's his father - who idolized his brother, but can't accept Caddock as an athlete or as a gay man. So, although he's painfully lonely - and, at this stage of his life, utterly lost - Caddock subjugates his own need for romantic love and, instead, pours himself wholeheartedly into helping Devlin deal with the devastating loss of his dad. Desperate to put some distance between himself, his rugby life, his estranged father, and his recent, painful losses, Caddock decides to make a new start with Devlin, away from the craziness of urban London. He buys and plans to renovate a pub in the small Cornish town of Looe, naming it after his late brother. He envisions a new life as a business owner in this seaside retreat, where he and Devlin can enjoy their privacy, make new friends, and settle in a community where they can live peacefully -- and hopefully find the acceptance they both need. He has no idea what else he's about to find there - and therein lies the joy of this story. Francis Keen is a bit of an eccentric. He's an openly gay man who's a bit broken, but has built a stable, safe life for himself in a community that cares about him. Raised by his grandparents in Looe, he still lives with his gran, for her safety - and for the loving acceptance she's always offered. He's a child of Looe who's returned to open a small interior design studio after a devastating break-up and a traumatic assault in London. His life is simple, on the surface. But on a deeper level, he's painfully lonely. He's also a victim of post-traumatic stress syndrome. His constant companion is a Sheltie named Sherlock, a therapy dog trained to help him when his anxiety is at its worst. Sherlock is a little furry demon, lovable as can be, a constant source of comic relief - and more - throughout the story. He is every bit as powerful a character as Caddock, Francis, and Devlin, because his healing powers extend well beyond his role in his owner's life. When Francis is hired to handle the design for Caddock's pub, he finds so much more than a new job and a creative challenge. He finds a man, so different from himself in so many ways, but so intensely compelling he can't ignore the immediate attraction. What he doesn't realize is how perfect they are for each other, and how fate has conspired to bring them together - where each has a chance to find the loving family life they need and deserve. Their attraction is electric. Caddock is dominant, but also tender. Francis is tentative, but also eager to experience everything he's never had in a loving relationship. He's the thoughtful, studious, sensitive - and often hilari