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Beneath the Surface

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  72 reviews
When Peter Carr's company sends him to Southwestern Ontario to sweet-talk the town into agreeing to a gravel quarry proposal, he welcomes the challenge. Technically he's a lawyer, but really he's a problemsolver. He just never expected the problem to be Caleb Sinclair, the passionate but introverted artisan carpenter who lives next to the proposed quarry site.

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ebook, 200 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story hits me in all the right places. And because of it, this review will be pretty rambling. Sorry in advance...

I love the contrast of the two men. Peter Carr, the company man/the city boy, is all smooth and charming and extrovert. He might not be extravagant, but he really enjoy being with people and talking to them, trying to make the community happy. Meanwhile Caleb Sinclair, the artist/local farmer, is quiet, reserved, shy, and introvert. Since he's the only out gay man in the small t
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This is a nice story, nothing really exciting or different, but two nice guys on the opposite side of an issue, but still being attracted to each other.
Throw in a few cute dogs, some homophobes, good friends, evil family, idealism and a fire.
So, I won't be rereading this one, and I don't think it will stay with me long, but if you are looking for a easy nice story with very little actually going on, besides one twist this could work, but like in a lot of the stories I've read recently I didn't r
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-for-me
2.5 stars

While I liked both Caleb and Peter, this story just did not work for me and these two just didn't click as a couple. The pacing was just too slow and I found myself losing interest. The best part were the dogs, they were just adorable.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Another well written story by Kate Sherwood. Peter and Caleb are on opposing sides of the planned gravel quarry in a small Canadian town. Peter thrives on the conflicts that go hand-in-hand with his job while Caleb is an introvert who feels compelled to speak out for the town as well as his multi-generational acreage.

Sherwood does an excellent job of expressing the environmental concerns that would come with the possibility of a gravel pit being dug in "your back yard", ie water contam
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
not bad but it didn't convince me completely. at the beginning is a bit too much slow and I was bored, and there's too much attention to the quarry thing - important, ok, but not so involving.
I didn't really felt the connection between the mcs, and they're not much developed. We had the description about their character, but it's not really shown.
The ending it's a bit rushed.
So my rating is a mild- not enthusiastic- 3 stars.

2.5 stars

The title choice is interesting because this is all about putting up facades. And what ultimately makes this a disappointment for me -- the lack of depth in the romance.

Right off the bat, one of our MC’s, Peter Carr, a handsome charmer, puts on his smooth-talking, big city lawyer act as he tries to placate the people of a bucolic Canadian town. He assures them that everything will be OK when the corporation he works for creates a huge granite quarry in their back yards.

Caleb Sinclair i
Camille Adams
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-rom-erotica
Interesting enough story that is well-written but is sedate/unimpassioned and in need of some more chemistry between the MC's.
Why I read this book: Many of you may already know that April 22nd is designated ‘EARTH DAY’ world-wide. In honor of this day, I was given the opportunity to read a book by one of my favorite authors. She writes her stories in a way that shows an appreciation of the outdoors and what the natural world has to offer quite well. She pulls me in with her description, and I can almost smell the earth, hear the birds, and feel the bark of the trees and wood *sigh*. It is a great pleasure to be pulled ...more
I thought the story was a little slow and definitely could have used a little more steam, but I genuinely liked both of these MCs and so reading about them finding their HEA together was a pleasure.
Jess Candela
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars out of 5
Review Summary: Delving beneath the surface results in what appears to be Twu Wuv, if it lasts past the initial excitement.

Review: The title for this book is wonderfully apt. Peter starts out as a rather surface sort of guy, one who enjoys the thrill of The Game and basically sees all of life as part of that game. At the beginning of the story, his business partner and best friend asks, “Is this all there is?” Peter pretends to misunderstand her, not wanting to go below the su
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.

When I finished reading The Fall I immediately wanted to read another book by Ms. Sherwood. I just adored her writing and having been in such a big funk right before I read The Fall , I figured taking advantage of reading more by an author I knew I'd like was the smart decision. I've been wanting to reading Beneath the Surface since it came out but I just never did for some stupid reason.

This is the story of Peter, a lawyer, whose job
Serena Yates
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
A very modern and contemporary conflict is at the root of this story, and it makes for some very interesting reading. On the one hand you have the smooth-talking professional corporate man who is charged with making sure a quarry gets started in an otherwise peaceful, quiet village. On the other hand you have a local guy whose family has lived there for generations, and even if he isn’t exactly loved by his neighbors, not after he came out as gay a few years ago, he is rooted there and loves the ...more
Kaje Harper
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
The two men in this story are worlds apart. Not only are they on opposite sides of a land use issue, but they are temperamentally very different. Peter's smooth, blithe, somewhat superficial attitude is hard to like at first. He seems to think that nothing matters enough that it can't be negotiated and compromised and massaged into an agreement. The love of home, and history, and beauty, that makes Caleb oppose the building of the gravel quarry is something Peter at first blithely rides over. On ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This story is solidly written, but I missed this hot charismatic passion between Caleb and Peter. Sure they were sweet for each other in kind of a "I have crush on you" way. And seriously that's all what I felt. Anyway, this couple is to passive for me. But hey, they fell in love and understood that the most important thing is to fight for their love. Kind of sweet!
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, ebook, romance, 2012, done
3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about an unassuming craftsman in a small Ontario who finds himself leading the opposition to a proposed gravel quarry next to his land. Too bad the spokesperson for the other side is so handsomely distracting...
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really tried...So bored with this storyline.

I could not find the chemistry in the MC's. I did like the dogs :) HFN.
Aug 22, 2012 marked it as dnf
DNF 50%

Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, pdf, contemporary
Another really good solid story from Kate Sherwood. This story is not a fast-paced whirlwind, but more of a slow-moving stream that pulls us along in the flow. Caleb owns a farm in small town in Ontario and a large multinational plans to turn the neighboring farm into a rock quarry. Caleb's farm has been in his family for 5 generations and needless to say he is not happy about this. His best friend Matt's parents owned the farm and they were retired and sold it thinking it would be turned into a ...more
Lena Polskaia
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
J'avais été séduite par le style de Kate Sherwood en découvrant sa série Californie Équestre, ce singulier mélange contrasté entre l'émotion brute des situations, l'écriture un peu distante de l'auteur, et l'importance donnée à la psychologie des personnages. On le retrouve ici, avec un peu moins d'émotion toutefois. Sous la surface, c'est l'histoire d'un amour improbable entre deux hommes que tout oppose. Non seulement leur combat, celui d'un avocat cherchant à convaincre les habitants d'un coi ...more
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kate has produced yet another page turner. From the first chapter this one was hard to put down. I finished it at 1:30 this morning.

Caleb is a small town boy has the farm next to proposed gravel pit. He's never felt accepted in his small Southwestern Ontario town since he came out at the end of high school, but during a meeting to try to placate the locals about the new gravel pit he is the first to speak up and voice his objections to the operation. Soon this shy farmer/woodworker finds himself
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot.
The slow built-up for Caleb and Peter has the right pacing and I really liked reading about them falling for each other. It was believable and sweet.
Another thing that made this such a good book was the supporting cast. Most of them had actual personalities and felt real. Especially the two dogs and I'm normally not a big dog person ^^
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Just no my kind of book - it was neither very thrilling or intense in the storyline nor do the characters give me anything.
Actually - I found it boring.

So I'm torn to try more from this author - I loved her free story "In Over His Head" but this one didn't do it for me.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
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Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very nice read, kept me entertained from first to last page.
Men In books
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
n roman avec une écriture sarcastique,parfois acerbe, dans lequel on plonge à vitesse grand V, une plume que j'ai eu énormément de plaisir à lire (et même à relire ,certains passages sont vraiment trop bon pour ne pas les relire encore) . Je ne m'en cache pas j'adore les histoires ou ça fight avant de se bécoter et encore plus quand ça ne commence pas avec une tribu de papillons et autres émois intempestifs qui tirent vers les envolées lyriques .

On a donc un Caleb taciturne, sans être insensibl
Rainbow Gold Reviews
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by MtSnow:

Why I read this book: Many of you may already know that April 22nd is designated ‘EARTH DAY’ world-wide. In honor of this day, I was given the opportunity to read a book by one of my favorite authors. She writes her stories in a way that shows an appreciation of the outdoors and what the natural world has to offer quite well. She pulls me in with her description, and I can almost smell the earth, hear the birds, and feel the bark of the trees and wood *sigh*. It is a great ple
Alessandra Alexsub
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Quando gli interessi di molti si scontra con gli interessi di pochi è difficile che ci siano vincitori. Peter è un avocato che lavora per una grossa compagnia, la sua vita gli piace ma basta un dubbio per mettere tutto in discussione. Caleb è un artista, un artigiano e ha creato il suo piccolo rifugio dal mondo sulla terra e nella casa che un tempo era dei nonni. I due si incontrano e si scontrato, Peter promuove il progetto della sua società e Caleb si oppone, ma nessuno dei du
Actually when I startet out reading I was expecting something a bit different than what I got. The short description let me to believe I was going to encounter something more along the line of....(view spoiler) It's not that the blurb was wrong or misleading in any way, all that is mentioned, is there in this story. But at the same ti ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-books
Je le dis à chaque fois, mais je suis accro à cette auteure, à son style, à sa manière de construire une relation, aux sujets toujours différents de ces récits même si son amour de l’environnement est toujours présent et sert bien souvent de contexte à ces histoires. J’apprécie sa façon de doser à la perfection les passages pour maintenir l’attention de la lectrice, le fait qu’elle privilégie les caractères de chacun de ces personnages et que malgré parfois la dureté de certains passages, elle s ...more
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