elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Owen's Home and Garden by Evie Kiels

Owen’s Home and Garden is a novel that moves slowly and insinuates in you without notice, and suddenly you find yourself caring for these characters that maybe, at first, you didn’t even like so much. Owen and Simon are best friends, maybe they could have been more, but when they met, Owen was in a relationship with someone else, and Simon was just out a bad break-up with no mood to start anything else. Simon needed a friend and Owen fit the bill. 5 years later they are both single, but Simon is playing the field, hard, and Owen doesn’t want to be just another scratch on the bedpost, even if, truth be told, he is a little pissed off that Simon never even tries to get into his pants.

When Simon’s ex makes an unexpected appearance, Simon needs to reaffirm his self-esteem and powership, and poor Owen becomes the target; the morning after, instead of trying to patch the things between them, Simon runs away, leaving a puzzled Owen wondering if he has lost a friend or a lover, or both of them. Up until now, I wasn’t liking Simon very much, and sincerely I was finding Owen too submissive. But that is when they started to break my shield, with little pushes, just like Simon’s haiku poems on Owen’s online wall, and Owen’s taking care of Simon’s home and garden, like they were his own home and garden, like he was building the nest for their future happiness. I didn’t find at that time Owen to be weak, instead I was reading him like a spouse waiting back home for his partner, knowing the beloved one needed time… up until the moment Simon took the leave of absence a little too long, and Owen decided to put a stop to his foolishness; proving at the same time that he, Owen, wasn’t weak at all, and that he was able to fight for his love.

This was mostly a sweet story, a friends to lovers theme, very comfort-like feeling, warm and cuddling like a blanket and a fire in winter.

Amazon Kindle: Owen's Home and Garden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 7, 2012)

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Tags: genre: contemporary, length: novel, review, theme: friends benefits

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