I'm super excited to have m/m romance author Kim Fielding on the blog today to celebrate her new release!
Hi! I’m Kim Fielding and I’m very excited to announce the release of my newest novel, The Little Library! Set in California’s Central Valley, this story stars a guy with a slight obsession with books. What’s not love about that, right?
Title: The Little Library | Author: Kim Fielding | Length: Novel | Genre: m/m contemporary | Release date: March 26, 2018
Blurb: Elliott Thompson was once a historian with a promising academic future, but his involvement in a scandal meant a lost job, public shame, and a ruined love life. He took shelter in his rural California hometown, where he teaches online classes, hoards books, and despairs of his future.
Simon Odisho has lost a job as well—to a bullet that sidelined his career in law enforcement. While his shattered knee recovers, he rethinks his job prospects and searches for the courage to come out to his close-knit but conservative extended family.
In an attempt to manage his overflowing book collection, Elliott builds a miniature neighborhood library in his front yard. The project puts him in touch with his neighbors—for better and worse—and introduces him to handsome, charming Simon. While romance blooms quickly between them, Elliott’s not willing to live in the closet, and his best career prospects might take him far away. His books have plenty to tell him about history, but they give him no clues about a future with Simon.
I think this is the most mature book I've ever read. Not mature in terms of the characters' ages, but mature in the amount of communication between Elliott and Simon. They actually talk to each other. About their feeling and insecurities, and most importantly, about their future together. No secrets, just everything out on the open. It was so refreshing.
Elliott and Simon were so very lovely together. They understand each other, they communicate, they want the same things, even though it might seem like they don't. They're so easy together...except for their first date, which had all of the awkwardness that a first date should have. It was hysterical.
Elliott and Simon are two imperfect, flawed characters...and yet they fit so well together. This book is told solely from Elliott's POV, but Simon's feelings for Elliott and about coming out to his super conservative family came through loud and clear through Elliott. I never felt like I didn't know Simon because we didn't get his POV.
I found the pacing was a bit slow at times, but all in all this is a highly recommendable read if you're looking for mature characters (in terms of personality and mentality, not age), low angst, and general feel goodness!
About the author:
Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They;'re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
A complete list of Kim's books: http://www.kfieldingwrites.com/kim-fieldings-books/