Welcome to the gayborhood! In the cozy town of Heartsville, the streets are lined with trees, the shops are full of friendly faces, and happily ever after is just around the corner. Come get to know the boys next door—naughty, nice, and everything in between.
Bookmarked by Piper Vaughn ()
To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.
After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.
But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.
Mark Werner is pulling out all the stops to try and save his book store from closing due to declining sales. He contacts local Author Shepherd Knight first by email, then by phone when he receives no response, to ask him if he will do a signing at the store. Shepherd is anything but kind, in fact, he is downright nasty. So Mark responds in kind and writes the reclusive Author off. Mark is pleasantly surprised when Shepherd contacts him not only to say he will attend the signing, but to apologize.
Perhaps Mister tall, dark and grumpy is Mister Right after all.
I really enjoyed the light-hearted nature of this story, even though there were a few heavy aspects to it. It was the perfect introduction to the town of Heartsville. There was a decent amount of content for so few pages as well and nothing felt rushed or glossed over. The perfect balance of romance, intrigue and angst rounded out the cast of characters. I’m excited to see where the next story goes, I had so much fun watching Mark and Shepherd as they fell in love.