Book Review – ‘Blueberry Boys’ by Vanessa North

Blueberry boys – a little too fruity for me, but has a sweetness to it.

Blueberry Boys Book Review Pic 01 by Casey Carlisle.jpgGenre: Y/A, Contemporary, GLBT

No. of pages: 186

From Goodreads:

Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.

Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.

Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other. 

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I’ve really enjoyed a number of titles in GLBT contemporary, and after reading the blurb and loving the cover I bought ‘Blueberry Boys’ expecting a heart-warming tale to while an afternoon away on the couch.

There is a coming out story (as there generally is in GLBT Literature – no surprises there) but the way it was dealt with felt a little juvenile for the age of the characters Jed and Connor, and a farm setting.

The characters at the beginning were likeable, but I started to lose interest in their pairing as it was too rushed and focused on lustful encounters a lot of the time. There was also a heavy element of instalove between Connor and Jeb.

The narrative is beautiful – until the characters get intimate, then it turns into erotica. Which I didn’t expect. And there’s quite a bit of it. It ruined my reading experience somewhat as it was confronting and the language course – drained all the romance out of it for me.

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The dialogue and narrative is also a bit superlative heavy – there are a lot of curse words. I don’t mind them in a novel to enunciate a point, or fit in to with local colloquialism; but when it’s on every page I find it distracting and pulls me from enjoying the book.

I found myself craving more story – it just felt like one sexual encounter after another without any build or character development.

If you enjoy a light m/m love story with titillation this one is for you, but I was left craving more substance.

Overall feeling – *tttthhhh*

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