To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.
After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.
But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.
Mark & Shepherd's story
This series screams Flufftastic Goodness!
I read Bookmarked first, although all the novellas, which take place between early fall and Christmas time, are standalones and can be read in any order. The characters flit in and out of each other's lives, but there are no spoilers.
I like that there is such a strong sense of community and friendship in this imaginary town!
Heartsville is a Gayborhood afterall!
Piper's books always deliver on the warm and cozy, and this one is no exception.
The romance between Mark, bookstore owner, and Shepherd, reclusive sic-fi writer, is off to a rocky start. And it's all Shepherd's fault. He's a complete asshole and makes Mark feel like shit just for asking questions.
But Mark stands his ground, and soon the two men form a tentative friendship that turns to something deeper ... and sexier.
This story includes some tender interactions between Mark and Shep, as well as Mark and his dad Bruno, and has enough steam to make me happy.
The MCs aren't particularly complex, and the ending is a HFN, but this story is insanely cute and sweet—a fun, enjoyable read!