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Release Day Review: Open Seating by Mickie B Ashling

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Release Day Review: Open Seating by Mickie B Ashling

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About the Author
Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.

By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing—and the inevitable emptying nest—dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and she’s never looked back.

She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Mickie discovered gay romance shortly after becoming a fan of the TV show "Queer As Folk". After the series ended, she began writing QAF fan fiction to put her own HEA spin to the ambiguous ending. One thing led to another, and she submitted her first original manuscript to Dreamspinner Press in December 2008. Horizons was published in April 2009.

Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
Publication Date
June 10, 2016
Seth Wilder lost his partner of twenty years to suicide two weeks before a long-anticipated cruise. Cancellation insurance was never purchased, and Seth can’t get a refund. Bryce McFarland, his late partner’s gym buddy, appreciates his predicament, and when asked, agrees to accompany him on the trip. This way, Seth recoups the money and doesn’t have to cancel his plans. The gesture is unexpected but accepted gratefully. 

The two men have nothing in common. Seth is a reclusive romance writer, and Bryce is a hard-core Grindr user with major commitment issues. Out of necessity and despite the seemingly insurmountable differences in personality, they develop a tentative rapport. As they begin their journey through the UK, Bryce helps Seth come to terms with his partner’s sudden death while Seth, in turn, discovers the root cause of Bryce’s phobia. 

Shipboard romances rarely work. Sensible men resist, sexual tension notwithstanding. But a full moon and late summer breezes lend themselves to the impossible situation, barriers are crossed, and a love affair is kindled.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Second chance love story
This second chance love story is opposites attract to the max. Seth and Bryce are about as different as two people could be and they really shouldn't work together, but after a rather rocky start, they really do. They rub each other the wrong way, they spark off one another and bicker endlessly, but they are both also able to see more in the other man than what it on the surface. 
I liked the MCs, I liked the vast majority of the story, the writing and character development  is superb, and the somewhat sad element of the story is done really well; sensitively and with a touch of careful humour in places.
My only issue with this book is the timeline. For me personally, a little more time between the death of Seth's partner and the beginning of this new relationship would have sat more comfortably. Having said that, I have to allow that sometimes, when it's right, it's just right, ideal timing or not.
This is a good book, strong likeable characters that I would love to hear more about as their relationship progresses, great writing and an engaging story. 
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