Counting: Book Three
Henry and Marc can't seem to catch a break. They've had two disastrous dates--the first trapped in a car during a blizzard and the second locked in a basement--followed by nearly two months apart. Even though they work for the same firm, their relationship is held together by flying visits, phone calls, and text messages. A joint assignment in Washington DC might be more togetherness than they can handle, however.
Henry is still battling insecurity, and this assignment is too important to his career to mess up. Marc is committed. He's falling for Henry and looks forward to having him permanently on his team and at his side. But the real test isn't the assignment. When Marc finally lays his heart on the line, can he count on Henry to be there for him, in every way that matters? And can he do the same for Henry when Henry needs it the most?
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I’ve enjoyed the Counting series thus far, but Counting on You was definitely my favorite. This is a series of short stories involving one couple and really should be read in order to understand the background and references made in the third and final part to their story. Marc and Henry have grown and developed significantly over the past two books, however it always felt like their feelings were balancing on the precipice. In Counting on You, that changed and the reader was treated to the full love experience. The emotional connection was incredibly palpable. I loved the myriad of ways the author described the depth of Marc and Henry’s feelings. Not only did it show they were both fully committed to the relationship, but it also called attention to Marc’s personal growth since coming out. Previously, Marc often came across as muddled but in the third part his confidence in his feelings for Henry was noteworthy and made me believe that much more in this couple. I was a little perplexed by the conflict that arose when Henry met Marc’s parents. It felt awkward and almost unnatural, which was odd considering how well the rest of the book flowed; but the reaction both men had to the situation fit their characters and I liked the way the resolution further cemented their feelings for each other. I thought the final chapters were very good and provided a nice closure for Marc and Henry’s story, tying up the few loose ends and delivering a solid happy ending. When I began this gay-for-you/coming out series, I didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s gotten better with each book and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know these two characters. I certainly wouldn’t be sorry to see Marc and Henry pop up again in another series or simply starring in another part of their story. If you’re looking for a lighter read that still has a good amount of character depth, I definitely would recommend giving the Counting series a try. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*