Room to Grow
Until it’s freed from the closet, love will only wither on the vine.
Cole Wheaton is out in every sense of the word—out of the closet, and recently out of a bad relationship. He hopes the new contract to design a garden for the McLeans will be the distraction he needs to get his life back on track, but there’s something about David McLean that intrigues him…and sets off...more
Kate Sherwood is a new to me author and after reading Room To Grow, I’ll happily seek out more of her works. Room To Grow was a wonderful story in more ways that one. There were a lot of different relationships going on during this story including the one involving Cole Wheaton and David McLean. But, and to me this is huge, what happens to them is just a piece of this entire book. Yes, it’s a huge piece but many things had to happen in order for them to g ...more
I thought this was a pretty good short/novella. I didn't love the cheating aspect and David's relationship with his wife. Then it became weird because she was SO accepting. It just felt a lit false. I liked Cole a lot and I liked that they built on their friendship for awhile. A nice novella.
David is an unhappily married, closeted gay man. Cole is a garden designer that was hired by David's wife to build the garden of her dreams. The two men become friends and eventually, more.
I never really felt invested in the storyline and I felt no real emotional collection to either M/C. I felt that the MCs were OK but I found nothing particularly inspiring or magnetic qualities in either man. Their connection was good but it ...more
This is a contemporary story about two characters that are dealing with new situations. Cole is just out of a bad relationship with a closeted jerk and David is just coming out of his marriage and coming out of the closet. But for some reason, Cole decides that David needs the support of a friend and he wants to be there for him. David would like Cole to be a lot more ...more
What works personally
+ I like the fact that the story starts with David in that phase where he already think he should stop pretending. He already has that one foot outside the door. So no need for tedious time for angst and indecisiveness whether he might or might not be gay. Oh, I think the scene where David keeps saying to himself that he is gay is kind funny.
+ I like that David and Stephanie ask help to save their marriage. I know that this is an M/M romance, but somehow it's just ...more
I liked Room to Grow. Both Cole and David had their own hang ups. David was a married man living in the closet; Cole just got out of a relationship with a man who refused to leave the closet. You can see where there might be contention.
The first half of the novel was about David coming to terms with b ...more
What I didn't like was how slow things were moving, until, suddenly they j ...more
Let me begin by saying that I love Kate Sherwood.. But I was bothered by this book maybe because It was a short read and I felt like the chemistry wasn't developed enough... I still see David and Cole in the friend zone, not lovers I just didn't buy it...
I did love Cole's character, He had a passion for his job, and saw the beauty in it..
David is a married man coming out of the closet spoiler: (view spoiler)[even though his marriage was falling about for years, he CHEATED on his wife with 6- ...more
A fairly quick read, well paced, low angst level that was good.
David and Cole meet when David's wife hires Cole to redesign their garden. I was wondering how this would go and thought the big secret was handled well. David and his wife have been in counselling for a long time and perhaps Cole is a catalyst at most to the final break.
Cole and David start as friends as David is finding his newly out feet. I did like the slow pace to their relationship, though Cole obviously has been burned bad ...more
I've avoided Sherwood's books for years because her usual is not my cup of tea, but her writing style is smooth and goes down easy. No doubt I'll still have to pass on most of her books, but won't hesitate in the future when it sounds like the content will work for me.
Yay, I found a book I unabashedly love! April was such a downer. ...more
I would have loved it if there was more about David's 'coming out' being told. And the end ...more
So, I think that for someone new to this author it might be a 4 or even 5 star read, but for someone who's read the Dark Horse trilogy it might be a 3 star..
Also, this ends with maybe 10 pages of ads, so figure the actual book to stop around 88% of your file.
I hope you all enjoyed your reading year as much as I did.