Hound Dog & Bean
Title : Hound Dog & Bean
Author : BG Thomas
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 276 pages (e-book)
Published : January 20, 2014
Rating : ★★★★★
There’s been little love in H.D. “Hound Dog” Fisher’s life since the death of his beloved mom when he was a boy. Bounced around the foster care system, he ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. As far as he’s concerned, only dogs have no ulterior motive, never hold a grudge, and offer unconditional love. Now he helps run a no-kill shelter and leaves relationships where they belong: in the back room.
“Bean” Alexander settled in Kansas City to open his coffee shop after years of traveling. He never expected to open his heart too. When a man with a grudge takes a swing at H.D. while in line at Bean’s shop, Bean jumps to intervene.
So taking a hit for H.D. gets Bean noticed, and H.D. feels obligated to pay a debt. But then the unexpected happens. A series of misadventures causes H.D. to open up—but falling in love makes him turn tail and run. Trust is a tough road to travel. Will good friends, a dog named Sarah Jane, and a bit of folk magic be enough to bring Hound Dog and Bean a happy ending?
Hound Dog & Bean is a wonderful story about two men who meet under less than ideal circumstances. Hound Dog (or H.D.) is an eccentric character that has had many losses in life and finds animals more trustworthy than humans. Bean runs a coffee shop and has not had many good experiences with love. His shop has pretty much become his life. That is, until Hound Dog comes into his store one day and Bean ends up taking a punch to the face that had been intended for H.D. With H.D. feeling responsible for Bean getting hurt, he decides to take care of him and feelings that both men thought they would never allow to surface begin to reappear.
The story is both humorous and touching. The writing style is engaging and vivid. I loved both H.D. and Bean and enjoyed watching their story unfold. The uninhibited passion they share is in contrast to how cautious they are with their hearts. It is sweet and sometimes sad. I enjoyed the way the author let the characters give us details about their lives throughout the story in the way two people start confiding intimate details of their lives to one another as their trust grows. It felt real and I found myself even more invested in them getting their happy ending.
The secondary characters of Elaine, Mara and Ezzie are lovely and the hint of magic woven throughout the story fit perfectly.
It was fun to learn more about the history of coffee and coffee roasting and as coffee and rescue pet’s are near and dear to my heart, this was a perfect combination. Be sure to check the references out at the end of the book too.
This is another wonderful book from Mr. Thomas.
Rated 5 stars by Deb