Counting: Book One
There are over two hundred thousand fence posts between Syracuse and Boston. Henry Auttenberg likes numbers—it’s his job—but he isn’t going to count them all, even if the view outside the rental car is less confounding than the driver, his attractive but oh so obnoxious colleague, Marcus Winnamore. It’s Christmas Eve, and Henry would much rather be home with his family. When the blizzard that grounded their flight forces them off the road, however, he’s stuck with Marc until the storm passes—or a plow digs them out.
As the temperature outside plummets, the atmosphere inside the car slowly heats up. Henry learns the true reason for Marc’s chilly distance—he’s not exactly straight… maybe… and he’s been fantasizing about Henry’s mouth, among other things. Confession laid out, Marc is all for sharing body heat… and more. Henry isn’t interested in being an experiment, but as the night and cold deepen, he could be convinced to balance certain risk against uncertain reward.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An unexpected blizzard puts two people in the path of true love when Henry and Marc, colleagues on a business trip end up trapped together in their car and discover that their feelings for each other are a little more confusing than just that of simple co-workers. While Henry is out as a gay man, Marc is not, and to Marc's chagrin, being alone with Henry is testing everything he thought he knew about himself. The result is a sweet and sexy story about exploring your personal boundaries. Spending time together when they must pull off the side of the road results in some honest communication and a discussion of feelings that seems okay to reveal amid the enforced closeness of hunkering down in a blizzard and awaiting rescue. It's got a lovely happy for now ending with these two guys ensuring that this isn't going to be just a one time event, and that they are both willing to explore what could become a meaningful relationship. I really enjoy Kelly's writing, and this makes a perfect afternoon read. 4 stars.