Title : Down Under
Author : Tam Ames
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 128 pages (e-book)
Published : June 26, 2013
The year 2089 finds Australia split between east and west, with a wall to ensure the east stays safe. College student Aiden Taylor is traveling from Perth to Sydney to see Men at Work, who have been revived after cryogenic freezing. Regrettably, only days into his trip, his moped is stolen—and then he meets a naked man from the east. The man turns out to be Matthew King, who offers Aiden a ride—no strings attached—all the way to Sydney.
When another attack occurs the following night, Aiden discovers Matthew’s impossible secret: he’s a were-kanga. At least that gives them something to talk about when they experience delays at the wall. One thing leads to another, and soon friends with benefits turns into something more. But when the summer is over, Aiden must return to school in Perth. How can he leave Matthew behind?
“Down Under” by Tam Ames is a fun, romantic adventure. Aiden Taylor is a young college student intent on showing the world (or at least his mum) that he is an adult. He has worked slinging burgers to take a trip to see “the cryogenically reconstituted Men at Work come back concert”. The new Prime Minister has changed the national Anthem to “Down Under” and this is an event Aiden does not want to miss.
Despite Aiden’s mums misgivings he takes off on his moped traveling by himself and staying in campgrounds. Shortly into his journey he is awakened to find his moped stolen which had most of his cash and the concert ticket. While bemoaning his situation he realizes someone else is there; a gorgeous naked man. Aiden thinks he is dreaming but it turns out the man is very real and his name is Matthew King. Matthew lives in Sydney and is returning from a business trip in Perth.
Not wanting to tell his mum, Aiden comes up with some pretty hilarious fantasies to sort out his dilemma. Luckily he had some cash and his passport with him that was not on the stolen moped and a hot guy offering to take him to Sydney. Matthew is heading back that way anyway and says he would enjoy the company. The two setoff together and as they travel, the attraction between them grows. During their first night together there is another attempted robbery, this time of Matthew’s car. Aiden is attacked and during his rescue he thinks he sees a kangaroo attacking the men. Once he gains consciousness he finds out that the tale told to scare little kids about were-kangas has some truth even if Matthew is not the scary creature of those tales. Once again Aiden uses humor to deal with his problems and truth be known, he has a secret of his own.
The Australia of 2089 has been divided between the East and West complete with patrolled border crossings. It seems the borders can be closed and access restricted even when you have a passport. This leaves Matthew and Aiden four days in which to kill time before they have their appointment to cross. Thank goodness for hotel beds that sag in the middle.
I thoroughly enjoyed the light humor of the story. Aiden is a bit over the top and his reactions to situations are eye roll worthy at times. I thought it fit wonderfully into the story. Matthew is a lovely match for the young inexperienced Aiden. They both have issues they need to come to terms with and the romance is sexy and sweet. Matthew’s family, their reaction to Aiden and the ensuing events kept with the light hearted theme of the book. The origin of were-kangas is not really explored but it was a fun take on weres. It is nice to see a world where two men getting married is not an issue but at the same time the division of the country was a bit unsettling.
This is a quick read and if you are looking for a light, quirky, sexy romance, with were-kangas as an added bonus, this just might be the book for you.
Rated 4 stars by Deb