Slow Bloom by Anah Crow & Dianne Fox: Review by Lost in a Book
Ricky Talbot, fresh from his first year at university, is looking to have a perfect summer. He gets to work for the man he’s had a crush on for years and spend the rest of his days in the pool, training for the swim team. Jack Corson, on the other hand, is a suburban hermit with a tangled past. Jack’s a lot more experienced than Ricky, cantankerous and more than a little anti-social. When an unexpected one-time encounter between the two of them turns into more, Ricky and Jack must see if they have what it takes for love to bloom despite all of their differences, the distance between them while Ricky’s away school, Jack’s past and Ricky’s parents. Can their slow-blooming love come to fruition?
<— Actual footage of me needing an ice bath repeatedly while reading this little gem.
It was hot AF.
Jack and Ricky together…
Ricky is home for the summer after his first year at university. He’s very much in the closet at home and spends most of the time working on his neighbor Jack’s *ahem* yard. On one unfortunate day, the lawnmower breaks and Ricky with his tan skin and swimmers body catches the eye of his years long crush, Jack. Fortunately, they decide on a different way to work that still produces a sweat.
After this rendezvous, they go back to normal until Ricky gets in a bind and turns to Jack for help. And sex. Lotssss of sex. Here’s the deal, the sex is hot, happens in copious amounts, and *may* have forced me to skim around 75% to the end because there had been so much sex up until that point that I got the picture. Vividly. But, Slow Bloom is really more than just sex. Ricky is mature for his age and while still in college, he and Jack are realistic with expectations. They communicate desires, feelings, and aren’t shy with affection. Jack is insanely sweet and patient as he shows Ricky how pleasurable sex and intimacy can be when you trust your partner.
It isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows as Ricky has to come out to his parents and take a stand for being in a relationship with a much older man. For those that require monogamy throughout with their MC’s, you may struggle with this. They aren’t exclusive but it worked for their relationship while Ricky is in college. They have intimacy and a connection that develops slowly which left no doubt about their relationship. They crave each other and work at getting closer against all external or self made obstacles thrown their way.
And… did I mention there are manties?????