Title: Jasper’s Mountain
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: Double Shot of Blah
Blurb: When small-time thief Timmy Harwell recklessly “borrows” a Cadillac for a joyride, he doesn’t expect to find a cool $100,000 in the trunk. His elation turns to terror when he realizes the SUV and the dough belong to Miguel Garcia, aka El Poco, a Tijuana drug dealer with a nasty reputation. Timmy sees only one way out: leave the stolen car behind and run as fast as he can.
His getaway is cut short when a storm strands him outside Jasper Stone’s secluded mountain cabin. Jasper finds Timmy in his shed, unconscious and burning up with fever, and takes care of the younger man, nursing him back to health. The two begin to grow close, but Jasper, a writer who seeks only solitude, is everything Timmy isn’t. Straightforward, honest, and kind.
Timmy needs Jasper’s help—and wants his respect—so he hides his dishonest habits. But when El Poco comes after him, Timmy realizes he’s not the only one at risk. His actions have also put Jasper in harm’s way. Honesty now could mean Timmy loses the man he’s come to love, but not being honest could mean far worse.
Review: I can’t pinpoint what exactly went wrong here, but this book fell flat on all the promises the blurb held.
Jasper’s initial feeling towards Timmy were disturbing. Timmy was unconscious, Jasper was giving him a sponge bath and he inappropriately touched Timmy until he got an erection…honestly, disturbing. Just thinking about taking advantage of Timmy or jerking off in the kitchen, yes, believe it or not those were the options.
The mystery that was what kept this book going, dragged for way too long. And by the end I couldn’t care about it, I just wanted it to be over.
And the ending was…well, let’s just say it’s left open and unresolved in so many ways it is totally unsatisfying. It felt like the author took the easiest way out of the tangled plot.
The book has all the ingredients, the lonely hero, the bad boy runaway, the mystery, the sex, but even when those were present when put together as part of the story they just didn’t work.
Reviewed by Connie
Posted on September 10, 2013, in Connie and tagged Cabin, Cadillac, Car Thief, Comfort, Connie, Drug Dealers, DSP, Fighting For Your Life, Finding Yourself, Getaway, Hiding from the Law, Hiding the Truth, Hiding Who You Are, In Over Your Head, Love on the run, M/M, Mystery, Older Man. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.