Reviewed by Vicki
SERIES REVIEW: Summit City Books 1 and 2
AUTHOR: Ethan Day
PUBLISHER: Self Published
BOOK ONE TITLE: Sno Ho
LENGTH: 98 pages
Boone Daniels seems to have trouble finishing things. Along with the half dozen or so novels he’s started, only to abandon mid-way through, his love life could be best described as a series of drive-by’s.
Boone has spent the past week staying at a ski-lodge in the tiny mountain town of Summit City. He’s been using his time alone to write while waiting for his boyfriend to join him for their anniversary.
What happens to Boone when he winds up dumped on the eve of his one-year anniversary and ends up at a bar having one too many cocktails? Wade Walker.
previously published in the anthology Melting the Slopes
What a way to start a book off! Boone Daniels wakes up in a strange bed, with a sore ass, a hangover, and no memory how he got there. He does the cab ride of shame and heads back to his room at the ski lodge he’s staying at, to try and figure out what he did….
Boone is enjoying a vacation paid for by his asshole ex-boyfriend, who dumped him by phone, after sending him to Summit City for a vacation they were both going on. Boone seems ok with this, he’s certainly mad, but didn’t love the guy so he’s not really all that heartbroken. After recovering from his hangover, he decides to take advantage of the ski lessons and gear the asshole paid for, and heads out to his first lesson. Only to discover it’s being taught by the guy with the massive dick that he spent the night with!
This gets us to the fun part. Boone and Wade…
I’ll stop there! This is a short plot, and I don’t want to give anything away. I’ll just say that Boone and Wade start on a short but intense romance, with some really hot sex, sweet moments, lots of snarky banter, and some family and neighbor interference. This book doesn’t have the HEA, it’s not a sad ending, but it a to-be-continued ending.
I did like this book, it’s fun and silly. I like Boone and Wade, they are so different but work very well together. Boone is snarky and quick, a couple of characters comment on how fast he talks, Wade is calm and cool. Boone seems a bit flighty, Wade is steady. I loved the small town feeling of this book, with all of the nosy family and friends and their interference.
The writing is good, it’s a short book and the plot is minimal (boy meets boy, they have sex, start a romance, and it’s over), but there is more to these characters that comes out in the next book. I read these both several years ago and liked them, I enjoyed this one and I’m looking forward to the next!
BOOK TWO TITLE: Life in Fusion
LENGTH: 270 pages
Aspiring author, Boone Daniels, always figured love would be as easy as he was. Fresh off a whirlwind winter-vacation romance with ski-god and would-be boyfriend, Wade Walker – Boone was certain that saying goodbye would be the hardest part.
He’d survived the unconventional way in which they came together, proven himself somewhat worthy to Wade’s hometown of Summit City, and felt certain the self-imposed, six month boy-buffer would prove one thing – their fate was to be forever entwined.
Once real life settles in, Boone suffers the realization that no one ever actually said love was easy and that even after you fall, you can still break. As their two worlds collide, he begins to understand that if he can navigate the landscape of life in fusion, he just might get that happily-ever-after…after all.
The Boone and Wade saga continues…..
When last we saw our two stars, Boone was heading home to New Mexico, with a plan to return in six months. Much to Wade’s annoyance. Now we get to the heart of this romance, and see if this will really work.
Boone is an independent man, living his life in Albuquerque, in a cute little house with a job at a hospital, a handful of wacky friends, a POS car, and a love of coffee. He did have this quick romance with Wade, but now that he’s returned to his normal life he can’t decide if he’s ready to move or not. Until Wade makes an appearance and reminds him with his big dick!
So this book pops back and forth between Boone in Albuquerque with Wade visiting, where we see Boone’s oddball parents, his obnoxious friends, his ex-boyfriend, and his coffee dealer. Then we pop to Summit City a few times, when Boone visits for a big party thrown by everyone in the town apparently, and a couple of family events. This story is really all about the people. Again, there isn’t much plot, we just follow along as these two get deeper in each others lives and meet the others friends and family. Boone has some quirky people in his life, his parents made me laugh, so did his friends, the wonder twins! There is some drama with one of his friends being a bit of a jerk. Same with the folks in Summit City, more quirky people, and Boone being snarky. A couple of ex-boyfriends show up for each of them at various points and add a little drama, plus a thing happens with Boone toward the end that gets everyone freaked out.
I have to admit the snarky banter got a little old after a while. I liked the characters very much, but Boone got on my nerves with this longer book. I enjoyed it overall, but there just isn’t much plot to it. It’s all characters and fun, but no real meat to the story. Which is fine if that is what you are looking for. Fun and fluffy, but no deep story. I do like Ethan’s writing style, I loved the bits of Boone’s book he slipped it at the beginning of each part, and how Boone’s life snuck in to his writing. I liked the characters, I liked the small town feel of Summit City, I just wish there was more to the plot.
I liked these two books, they are fun and fluffy, lots of quirky characters, quick dialogue and snark from Boone. There isn’t much depth to either story, both books are all about the people. There is a fair amount of hot sex in them, Boone and Wade are good together and get busy often. The relationship between them is good, and I loved the way they interact with their families.
I would recommend these two books to someone looking for a light bit of fun, but if you want drama or angst, action or adventure, these are probably not the books for you. I enjoyed reading them this second time around!