Erryn reviews ‘Sweet as Honey’ (Aster Valley Book 2) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published April 6, 2021, 319 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean. It was released on April 6, 2021 and is 9hrs and 24mins long.
Why I read this book: I loved the first book and I really want to see Truman get his HEA.
When I rode my bike into Aster Valley, it was supposed to be temporary. A quick, relaxing visit with friends. No entanglements. Zero drama.
But then I saw the bumblebee being harassed on the side of the highway.
More specifically, I saw Truman Sweet, Aster Valley’s resident botanist, spice merchant, and bee-costume enthusiast, being harassed. And the second I got involved, all my plans for a quick departure scattered like pollen on the breeze.
It turns out that Truman – adorkably shy, relentlessly sunshiny, hot as all heck, reluctantly-still-a-virgin Truman – has secrets. Secrets someone in this charming small town doesn’t want brought to light. Secrets that rouse every one of my protective instincts just as surely as his kisses rouse…other parts of me.
I fell in love with both Truman and Sam in the first book in the series. Truman shyness called to me as I could completely relate. He was just a sweet adorkable young man with some serious problems. Despite all that was going on, he remained unflaggingly kind, optimistic, and generous. He welcomed Tiller and Mikey with open arms. Helped them settle into Aster Valley.
I also adored Sam. As a good friend to Mikey and Tiller, he was always there to lend a hand. To hang out. To call the men on their BS. So…a true buddy. I was hoping he would make the move from Houston to Aster Valley, but I knew it’d have to be for a really good reason.
This book starts with Sam driving his motorcycle into town to visit his friends. He witnesses harassment and, of course, has to step in. What he doesn’t expect is to find Truman in a bumblebee costume being harassed by a much larger and intimidating man. Truman never pinged Sam’s radar, but Sam had certainly pinged Truman’s. He’s intimidated by the older and larger man. And he’s attracted to him as well, so he’s kept a wide distance. Now, however, Sam’s in town and his protective instincts are kicking in.
Truman really is in danger. He’s been attacked, someone tried to run him over, there’s been vandalism and threats – overt and implied. Something happened about twenty years ago and Truman has been carrying the guilt ever since. Most people in Aster Valley have forgiven and forgotten, but those few haven’t been able to let go. They’re angry, and are using Truman as their proverbial and literal punching bag. It’s disheartening. Then there’s the man who believes he’s Truman’s boyfriend. Barney Balderson. So appropriately named. The local gay librarian who believes he and Truman should be together. Just…ick.
Now, Truman and Sam? Perfect. But they’ve got issues. Truman’s a virgin, Sam has scruples. Truman isn’t leaving Aster Valley, Sam is just passing through. Slowly, though, Sam puts off leaving. Little things keep him in town. Or bigger things as well. I like that he was protective of Truman but also respectful. Truman needed to stand up for himself – when it didn’t risk his safety.
Okay, so this is a Lucy Lennox and I got my happy ending. There’s another book in the series that I can’t wait to pick up. And, while we’re mentioning happy – Michael Dean narrated the story and that just made me extra happy. Off to the next book…
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.