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honest review 4 12 probably closer to a 5 Danny just about broke me sigh The first book that I read review 4 12 probably closer to a 5 Danny just about broke me sigh The first book that I read Diana Copland was A Reason to Believe As a matter of fact that book marks my very first MM Romance It made me fall in love with the genre and want to read Needless to say I wasn t surprised when Danny s story in the Secrets of Neverwood anthology pulled me even further into the Neverwood storyDanny was the bratty younger b Secrets of Neverwood is a three book trilogy with each book following one of three foster brothers Calvin Danny "And Devon The Brothers Who "Devon The brothers who remember and feel no brotherly love "towards each other come back to their old home when their foster "each other come back to their old home when their foster Audrey dies leaving her run down family home once a grand Victorian estate to the three The men run afoul of a deceptive developer who will do anything to get his hands on Neverwood and must learn to work together trusting and opening up to each as brothers to eep the house and carry on Audrey s legacy of taking in gay or uestioning youth who have nowhere else to go Under the overarching storyline of eeping and bringing Neverwood back to its former glory each book deals with the men discovering Audrey is still with them in spirit coming to terms with personal demons and finding loveAt twenty one Danny is the youngest of the returning brothers and The Growing Season is his story Unlike Calvin or Devon Danny Redmond didn t age out of the home he ran away at seventeen Life wasn t easy for him out there and he brings the ghosts of his horrific experiences back with him when he returns home He has no money to contribute to the restoration of Neverwood but he does have experience as a landscaper and the memories of helping Audrey in the gardens Danny bristles at having his toes stepped on when Sam Ignatius a landscape architect from Seattle is brought in to help with the grounds Eventually Sam and Danny come to an understanding and then as they get to now each other but Danny s past is still affecting his present and Sam is dealing with a terminally ill mother and a father who s never been happy with his son s sexual orientationThe Growing Season was my favorite book in The Secrets Of Neverwood series The angst was higher and the emotion heartbreaking than the other stories I teared up at parts and really felt for poor Danny and the things he s been through I don t want to give anything away but I feel the need to give a trigger warning for assault of a minor and it s pretty graphic too After what he s been through no one can fault him for having adverse reactions to intimate situations and Sam s gentle and patient nature was much appreciated as was Danny being strong for Sam when he needed someone to lean on Audrey helps Danny on his path to recover as well speaking to him as a voice in his head that only he can hear which no wonder makes him feel like he s going crazy sometimesThis was overall a intense book than book one One Door Close Calvin s story with straight forward prose and graphic intimate scenes It breaks your heart in parts but it puts it back together again with the love and understanding Danny and Sam share It might not be for everyone but I definitely enjoyed this book very muchI absolutely recommend this book This is the first time I ve read Diana Copland but any author that can make me feel so much emotion is definitely one I ll look for and read againI received an ARC of this book to review You can find this review and others like it at BookAndCoffeeAddictcom along with recommendations for a fantastic cup of coffee Note that this is the actual 2nd story in the anthology though the others are listed incorrectly on Goodreads If you want to read the Neverwood stories in order start with One Door ClosesFull review of all three stories in the Secrets of Neverwood anthology can be found at In The Growing Season we have Danny s story Danny is one of three former foster brothers to inherit Neverwood the large home of their late foster mother Audrey The other two are Calvin and Devon The brothers were never close as children and as adults only have Neverwood in commonDanny is the youngest of the brothers and has had the most difficult life I absolutely fell head over heels in love with Danny The his back story came out the I wanted to pull him close hug him and fix everything for him When Danny inherited a third of Neverwood it became his job to get the gardens of Neverwood back to their former glory When there is a misunderstanding and another landscaper shows up things get a bit strained with Danny and his brothers The other man Sam doesn t exactly make the best first impression Thankfully the misunderstanding is cle. The four years since Danny Redmond left Neverwood have been heartbreaking and past mistakes continue to haunt him even after he returns homeTogether with two foster brothers he barely nows they plan to turn the house into a welcoming place for runaways once again the dying wish of their foster mother Audrey Danny ha. Each separate book has its own "DRAMA TO DEAL WITH AS THE "to deal with as the face obstacle after obstacle in their fight to reopen the house In this second story it is the threat of the council of which Sam s father is a member changing the zoning laws that allow Neverwood to function as a foster home Each problem is solved in in the separate books as they arise but mention of their problems is carried over As far as characters go I loved all six of the men in these books but Danny is by far my favourite He s a perfect example of the saying he was chewed up and spat out by the world He s use to fighting for every little thing and he has no trust for anyone Not even his brothers But at the same time he seems strangely innocent Not in an annoying TSTL way or a badly developed he was meant to be a badass but acts like a child way I think it s because he lacks the confidence and self esteem that someone his age has usually developed His insecurities make him seem younger and made me desperately want to give him a hug He believes that all the bad stuff that happened to him was his fault and because of this sees himself as undeserving The attack he endured has scared him from having sex which in his eyes means he s no good for a relationship but having lost Audrey he can t turn away from Sam as he deals with the impending death of his mother The scene in the church and if you read this book I m sure you ll agree was so damn wonderful and sad at the same time and shows perfectly that even if he never got over his aversion to sex Danny is definitely the sort of man anyone would be lucky to haveThere s a slight paranormal twist to the stories in the form of Audrey s ghost who still attempts to guide her boys in the right direction Danny is the only one who can hear her speak but all three men sense her in some way For those of you who avoid paranormal I get that so do I but don t pass on this book if that is your only hesitation I wouldn t classify this as a paranormal book it s a romance that just happens to have a ghost pop in every now and againIf you like your hurt comfort books to be coupled with sweet rather than angst then this is the perfect book for youReviewed for Love Byteshttplovebytesreviewscom2014070 35 Poor Danny He came off as such a little prick at the beginning of this story so it was a bit hard to feel sorry for him with his smart mouth and piss poor attitude But that didn t last long at all He was hating enough on himself that he really didn t need it from anyone else His brothers were the masters of patience with him They accepted him cared about him and were there for him whenever or if ever he decided he could trust enough to tell them his history They new it was bad from his nightmares aloneDanny comes back to his foster mom s house when he learns he was left a portion of the estate after her death His two foster brothers received the other two thirds Between them they were heart set on granting her wishes and res 45 starsThe Secrets of Neverwood anthology continues in Diana Copland s The Growing Season Daniel Danny Redmond is the youngest of the foster brothers and he left Neverwood four years earlier and found nothing but heartache when he was betrayed by the man he thought he loved Deeply saddened by Audrey s death Danny feels closest to her when working in the gardens they both loved and his role in the renovations is restoring the grounds to its former beautyDanny s relationship with his foster brothers has improved but he is uick to jump to conclusions with landscape architect Sam Ignatius s unexpected arrival Although the situation is uickly smoothed over their relationship is uneasy and complicated by Danny s unanticipated attraction to Sam Like his brothers Danny has a painful history that he finds impossible to discuss and his unresolved issues uickly come between him and SamIn The Growing Season the paranormal and romantic aspects of the storyline are much prevalent Danny is comforted by Audrey s presence and she takes on a much larger role in the men s efforts to eep Neverwood The romance between Sam and Danny grows steadily throughout the story and it is an absolute joy watching love blossom between the two menThe Growing Season by Diana Copland is a superb addition to the Secrets of Neverwood anthology Although this story primarily focuses on Danny and Sam glimpses into his brothers lives reveal how the changes in their personal lives are having a positive effect on their relationship as well A part of me wishes there had been gooey declarations of love at the end of the story but most of me realizes that while Danny and Sam just weren t there yet it felt inevitable that they would be one day and that was a lovely feeling to be left wit. E voice gives him hope the only one he’s always trusted Audrey’s Danny comes to care deeply for Sam but things look bleak when Sam’s city councilman father threatens to have Neverwood torn down Danny isn't surprised Why would he expect the future to be different from his past All his relationships end in disast. Ared up uickly and before long Danny "is seeing Sam in a different light Unfortunately Danny s past eeps rearing its ugly head and "seeing Sam in a different light Unfortunately Danny s past Mes recettes au baby-robot keeps rearing its ugly head and must overcome old hurts in order to have something with the man he is uickly growing to love I got real teary throughout this story as Danny s past will break your heart Everything does come together nicely in the endAdd someone who is doing his damndest to have Neverwood taken away from Danny Devon and Calvin and the problemseep piling up This is a great addition to an excellent anthology While this can most definitely be read as a standalone I highly recommend reading all three of the stories
so that you can watch each foster brother as they not only find love but are brought together as brothers to that you can watch each foster brother as they not only find love but are brought together as brothers to the home their mother loved so dearly Throw in Audrey who in death is still trying to be there for her boys and you get an outstanding storyHighly recommended Secrets of Neverwood the full anthology was provided by the authors in exchange for a fair and honest review Well this was my second Diana Copland book and I ll say I am officially a fan This was a really well written story This series is about three foster brothers who come together to restore the property where they each spent their childhood after their foster mother passes away Each book each brother s story is written by a different author So this is Book 2 of the series but it s the only one written by Ms Copland and the only one I plan to read And yes it works just fine as a standaloneThis one had all the makings of one clich after another if I m being honest But the execution was fabulous and I really dug it The youngest brother has a huge chip on his shoulder and Danny started out as a bratty 21 year old but never stayed in that category Sam is a 28 year old landscaper who s father is trying to get the city council to shut the place down see coulda been a total clich But again the execution was riveting for me I read this in one sitting and remained intrigued from start to finish My only niggles were the low steam and the abrupt HFN ending There were plenty of really sensual issing scenes and one amazingly steamy sex scene so my appetite was sated well enough And the HFN will become a HEA in Book 3 as the final brother s story is told I m sure It s not that I didn t believe in these two the relationship development was done well but I d have really liked an epilogue I m a total epilogue ueenIf you liked David Renewed I would recommend this one I think you ll enjoy it Ohhh yeah That wasbeautiful I wish Danny and Sam s story was longer I m not ready to let them go Neverwood is a rambling much loved old house that was once home to gay teens who had nowhere else to go It was ruled over by the firm but loving figure of Audrey who upon her death deeded the property to three of her former children These three are the men Audrey trusts to return Neverwood to what it once was and to continue her work helping teenagers in troubleDanny is the youngest of the three brothers He suffers from an absolute lack of self confidence which he covers by letting his abrasive attitude freuently slip its leash And he often ends up looking like an ass The poor choices he made earlier in life ended with him in juvenile detention where he was assaulted by one of the guards Danny feels he has nothing to offer Neverwood unlike his brothers he s not brave or brilliant but vows that he will at least pour his heart into getting the neglected gardens back to their former glorySam Ignatius has returned to the town of Elk Ridge to be near his dying mother He has a lovehate relationship with his father and to avoid spending too much time around his family he volunteers his expert services to help with the gardens at Neverwood Two problems Firstly Sam s father is one of the bigoted councilors trying to shut Neverwood down and second the gardens are the one thing Danny felt he could contribute and he is not at all impressed with the new guy trying to helpThe Growing Season is the second book in the Secrets of Neverwood series and can be read as a standalone if you don t like the sound of the other books The stories are being sold as an anthology or separately so the decision is completely up to you When I reuested a review copy of this book I actually received the whole anthology but I still started with this story first I followed with the third story because I really wanted to find out how it all ended and then because I decided I needed the complete picture I went back and read the first story What I m getting at is yes standalone works but I have no doubt you to will want to find out how the three books finally end so I recommend purchasing the anthology and reading from the beginning. S nothing to contribute to the restoration of the decrepit mansion save for a gift for growing things His efforts to bring Audrey’s beloved gardens back to their former glory are complicated by handsome landscaper Sam Ignatiusand the feelings developing between them despite their fiery differences of opinion But on. .
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