Sand & Water

Sand Water Widower John McConnell gets along fine raising his daughter on Georgia s Tybee Island though he wouldn t exactly say he s happy Haunted by the memory of his dead wife John hasn t considered dating a

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  • Title: Sand & Water
  • Author: Shae Connor
  • ISBN: 9781613720905
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • Widower John McConnell gets along fine raising his daughter on Georgia s Tybee Island, though he wouldn t exactly say he s happy Haunted by the memory of his dead wife, John hasn t considered dating again until he meets Bryan Simmons in the park It isn t long before John realizes that what he feels for Bryan could be something real, but how will he know he s ready to movWidower John McConnell gets along fine raising his daughter on Georgia s Tybee Island, though he wouldn t exactly say he s happy Haunted by the memory of his dead wife, John hasn t considered dating again until he meets Bryan Simmons in the park It isn t long before John realizes that what he feels for Bryan could be something real, but how will he know he s ready to move on As John soon discovers, Bryan carries some heavy emotional baggage of his own With John s help, Bryan starts to put his demons to rest, and together they lay the foundation for a relationship It looks like they might finally leave their tragedies behind them until John takes a misstep that could turn a magical night together into their last.

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    1. 3.5 to 4 Stars???I'll be the first to admit that going into this, I was feeling "meh" about it. I simply expected a nice, average, simple story about a widower who meets someone who helps him with his grief, and everyone lives happily ever after.What I got instead was a pretty poignant tale that centered on two people with terrible, heart breaking pasts and their efforts to find some well deserved happiness. This could've been trite, it could've moved too fast, it could've glossed over the ugly [...]

    2. I like Shae Connor's stories and this is her first novel-length title. When I see the word "daughter", I can't help to immediately jump on it. What can I say, I love single dads with kids. In this one, there is not only one kid but TWO. John's daughter, Beth, and Bryan's nephew, Jeremy. I'm a goner :)Some technical information first: the story is written in 3rd person, but John is the main narrator (no alternate point of view). John is a bisexual. He was married to a woman for seven years before [...]

    3. This is a M/M family story that really focuses more on family and healing from past hurts and disappointments than the romance aspect.First we meet John, single father of Beth, who lost his wife five years before this book begins. John works from home so he can raise "Bethy" with the assistance of his young aunt Meghan. Beth is probably one of the cutest little girls that I've ever read in a family story. The scenes with her always made me smile, even if she was whining or sick. Mrs Connor wrote [...]

    4. Gentle story of a widower taking a chance on love the second time around. John's wife died in childbirth 4 years previously leaving him with his lovely daughter Beth. He meets Bryan in the park when Beth and Bryan's nephew strike up a friendship. Initially neither man sees their meeting as anything more than an acquaintanceship moving gradually towards friendship. But slowly John starts to find Bryan more and more attractive. The emotional baggage they both carry makes them decide to move cautio [...]

    5. A very moving story about two men whose lives were suddenly taken from them. (view spoiler)[John's life was taken when his wife, Liz, died from giving birth. Bryan's was taken when he and college boyfriend were attacked outside a gaybar, leaving the boyfriend paralysis and emotionally broken beyond repair. Just like that, their lives changed. Until they met each otherbut, could they move on beyond their respective exes?Things I like from the book:- The slow development of the characters and thei [...]

    6. Review edited as per request of the publisher on February 29th. See the comments for more.I admit I'd be heartbroken if I ever found out this was one of those plagiarised works.Because I really, really liked this story. I liked the sweetness of it. I liked it even when it bordered eye-roll-inducing sappiness. I liked how everything was so delightfully normal. I liked how family and friends didn't just disappear when the crushing started.I liked how John never forgot to put his daughter first. I [...]

    7. Two men's deliciously UST-filled progress from being complete strangers to being the sweetest of couples? With two small kids around providing much-appreciated adorableness? Sold. I have officially found another go-to author for "relaxing Sunday afternoon reading". Shae Connor, you make my Sunday afternoon more beautiful!Except I didn't read this story on a Sunday afternoon. I read this at night, after a grueling day at work on Monday, and finished it during lunchtime on Tuesday (again at work), [...]

    8. 3.5, more like it. This is a story of John, a widower with a daughter, and Bryan, a guy he meets at the park and makes friends with. Bryan has his own issues to overcome as well. I really liked that it took a while for the romantic and especially sexual part of the relationship to develop. It was very slow-paced, but only as far as development page-count wise. What I mean to say is that it took many pages in the book for the relationship to develop, but the actual relationship wasn't that slow. [...]

    9. Sweet, a bit slow in the pacing, but that was partly because the writing was beautifully descriptive. I thought it was a bit rose-colored-glasses on the rather casual acceptance of John's bisexuality; I've seen some pretty strong negative reactions from gay men when they are told someone identifies as bisexual, and his straight friends seem even less shocked/judgemental. I totally wish the world was more like the people in John and Bryan's world, but the discrimination that bisexual men and wome [...]

    10. 3.5 stars. I've not read anything by Shae Connor before, and from what I understand, this is her first full length novel. It's probably best described as a slow burn, as the two MC's take quite some time to admit their feelings for each other. There's nothing wrong with that, nor really with this novel, as it is a pleasant read. However, it did feel like it was on one level the entire time, that there was no upward momentum. Not a bad way to spend a few hours.

    11. Just what I needed a fluffy book :-D This story was great the relationship building and development flowed great and I spent most of the time smiling while I was reading this book. It probably won't be for everyone. There was very little angst so if you have to have angst in your stories this probably won't be for you. This is the first book I have read by the author but won't be the last. I hope she revisits these characters again i would love to read more.

    12. This book felt really long! I can't decide if that's a good thing or not.Then it just ended. It seriously narks the shit outta me when I turn the page and see "About the author" when I'm not ready for it. What the hell happened with John's mother? When did they tell Beth? Did Karen have a boy or a girl?I feel like I was enjoying a Screwball ice-cream and there's no bubble-gum ball in the bottom.I loved the characters though, they all understood each other, it was very harmonious, to the point I [...]

    13. Really sweet romantic story plotted in slow motion. I liked how the plot developed and how both main characters behaved around each other. In my opinion everything was left open and a lot unsolved, but then you can write whole life in couple of pages. In overall this story was truly well written romance with emotions and warm people.

    14. I think I had too many expectations for this book, the last quarter was okay and the writing was good, unfortunately it went on for too long, slow and I mean really slow. Plus the children weren't exactly adorably cute.

    15. maybe 2.5 stars. I gotta admit I liked the premise and enjoyed the first 30-40%. But then the slowburn I enjoyed slowed down even more. And problems from Bryan's past weren't solved solved properly.

    16. A sweet love story, great for a relaxing day when you don't want a lot of drama, just 2 sexy guys falling in love.

    17. Sweet, But Too SimpleWidower John McConnell still grieves the love of his life, the woman he was lucky enough to marry but lost during the birth of their daughter. Five years has given him some perspective, though, and he's just as likely to wake up smiling from memories as he is to wake up aching with loss - which is a major improvement - and there's no doubt their daughter is a source of joy to him. After the first year, a dark time John would prefer to forget, he hasn't given thought to any s [...]

    18. This story didn't draw me in the I would have liked but I did like the MCs and the secondary characters. John and Bryan bring a lot of baggage to their relationship and I liked how they worked through it but there was something missing. I saw the connection between John and Bryan in the author's words but I never felt it. There is nothing earth shattering here but it is a sweet easy read with a nice HEA.

    19. Seit 5 Jahren zieht der Witwer John seine kleine Tochter Beth nur mit Hilfe seiner Tante Meg auf. Während Beth ein sehr fröhliches und kommunikatives Kind ist, trauert ihr Vater noch immer um Liz, die bei der Geburt der Tochter gestorben ist. John lebt nur für Beth und seine Arbeit als Statistiker. Freunde hat er kaum, auch wenn es in der ruhigen Gegend am Meer viele freundliche Menschen gibt. Darunter auch Bryan, der bei seiner Schwester, Schwager und deren kleinen Sohn Jeremy lebt und arbei [...]

    20. Review found at:rarelydustybooks/2011/John lost his wife during the birth of their daughter five years ago. He spent the first year trying to drown his sorrows in meaningless sexual encounters with men and women. He finally decided to make a new start and moved in with his aunt on the beach. He deals with his pain by keeping busy with work and raising his daughter Beth. Bryan, who is openly gay, shows up in the small beach town to help his sister and her family, renovate an old Bed and Breakfast [...]

    21. REVIEW DONE BY ENA (MY MUM) FOR MY BLOG TOOJohn McConnell is a widower and is getting along fine raising his daughter on Georgia's Tybee Island, though he wouldn't exactly say he's happy.John is haunted by the memory of his dead wife, he hasn't even considered dating again. All that changes when he meets Bryan Simmons in the park. It doesn't take long before John realizes that what he feels for Bryan could be something real. But how will John know when he's ready to move on?Bryan carries his own [...]

    22. This book was reviewed for musings of a bookwormThe synopsisWidower John McConnell gets along fine raising his daughter on Georgia's Tybee Island, though he wouldn't exactly say he's happy. Haunted by the memory of his dead wife, John hasn't considered dating again until he meets Bryan Simmons in the park. It isn't long before John realizes that what he feels for Bryan could be something real, but how will he know he's ready to move on? As John soon discovers, Bryan carries some heavy emotional [...]

    23. Reading MM is getting more and more repetitive. Same stories, same douts and indecisions, same violence and rape and bashing episodes Everything depends on author's ability to describe and characterize the novels and attract the reader. This one, for example, was boring for the most of the book. At the beginning, the encounter of the two soon-to-be-lovers might be rather appealing, the attraction, the doubts, the sense of guilt of the widower who was unconsolable for the loss of his beloved wife [...]

    24. I would like to start by saying I am not a fan of the Slow Burn romance. I have no patience and would like instant (or at least near instant) gratification when it comes to romance. Up until around the 80% mark the characters did little more than kiss. There was a lot of backstory told (the characters both had romantic tragedies in their past) but I just couldn't get myself interested enough in the backstory, or if I am being honest in the current romance. It seemed too long in the telling, almo [...]

    25. I'd give it a 3.5A sweet story filled with heavy emotional baggage by both John and Bryan. I liked that the guys started off as friends brought together by the two little kids Bethy and Jeremy. It was fun watching them interact and for the light to suddenly go on and for John to almost freak out when he realized he had romantic feeling for Bryan feelings like he'd had for his deceased wife. I understood why the author chose to take their relationship slow but the details of daily life and includ [...]

    26. Sand and Water is a gentle love story staring two lovelorn heroes. John McConnell thinks his life is great even though he is raising his daughter alone ever since the death of his wife, Elizabeth. He has no time nor thoughts of dating any time soon… That is until an ordinary day spent at the park with his daughter he meets newcomer, Bryan Simmons. He likes what he sees and the more time John spends with Bryan the more he realizes just how much John wants more. No matter how much he tries to go [...]

    27. I liked reading this book but when I finished it, I felt a bit disappointed, I think it didn't address everything it should have. Some of the theme should have been more deeply developed.spoiler :I think two points should have been developed while they have hardly been broached:- the introduction of the boyfriend to Beth and how to live a gay relationship while having a kid. There are no solutions for that within the book.- living as gay in a small town and the reaction of friends, I think it wa [...]

    28. I loved the story of John and Bryan. Both men have a lot of issues that could drag them down, but Connor does a great job at pushing them forward. I haven’t read any novels previously where a man discovers his bisexuality later in life, and I wondered how the author would get me there – could I believe that he could fall in love with a man, considering his love for his wife? How would they deal with the community’s expectations? Et cetera. And for me, I’m not all-for romances with childr [...]

    29. Nice slow build romantic story for guys who want something other than graphic couplings. Well written book which jogs along at a pace keeping you wanting to know more. My main grouse is that it ended when it did with so many incomplete stories - for example John's mother and her reaction to his relationship with Bryan, the dinner scene seemed odd apart from the fact that you could contrast her behaviour with that of Beth's other grandparents. Maybe Shae is planning a follow up book to continue t [...]

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