Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela

Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela

by Felicia Watson


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Logan Crane’s life changed dramatically the day a blind fit of temper resulted in him accidentally injuring his wife. Although he’s now in an abuser counseling program, Logan cannot face the real source of his unhappiness: he’s always been attracted to men but has refused to accept it since witnessing an act of violence. During his therapy, Logan meets Nick Zales, a counselor at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Nick is understandably suspicious of Logan despite an immediate attraction to him. Logan feels the same attraction and faces a critical internal struggle as he finds himself falling in love with this enigmatic man. Both men are haunted by unacknowledged ghosts and abuse in their pasts. How can they help each other heal if they continue to ignore their own wounds?


(5 Stars) If you’re in the mood for a well-written, angsty, hopeful tale, I highly recommend this one. I am eager to see what this new author will give us next. – Gay Book Reviews

Amazing debut novel by Felicia Watson. – Goodreads (overall 4 stars with 149 reviews)

4 Stars – Books Minority

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941072547
Publisher: D. X. Varos, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Felicia Watson started writing stories as soon as they handed her a pencil in first grade. When not writing, Felicia spends her time with her darling dogs, her beloved husband, being an amateur pastry chef, and still finds time for her day job as a scientist.

Felicia is also the author of the critically-acclaimed science fiction drama, We have Met the Enemy.

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Where The Allegheny Meets The Monongahela 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
saltypepper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a plot you'll see anywhere else, and well-written. The only thing that rang false for me in this story was the repeated insistence that Logan was somehow not like those other men who abused their wives and ended up in the system. Yes, his circumstances were different, he was not a "typical" controlling abuser who fits a particular pattern, but it still stuck in my craw. His wife was no less miserable for all that, and his being closeted is not enough to excuse it. At least she has a hope for a HEA as well.
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Absolutely loved rhis book.
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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
In Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela Nick thought he had a firm grasp on his life. That is, until Logan Crane, mechanic and abuser, rocked Nick's world. Counselor Nick Zale is pretty firm on women's rights and works against abusers. Yet his rigid beliefs are put to the test when Logan volunteers at the center. Although Logan is in therapy for an abusive encounter with his wife, he breaks all of Nick's preconceived notions. Both men have a lot of issues to work out but they discover that being together may just be worth all the pain. Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela is a complex and very complicated romance. The characters are not easy men but they are in some ways very relatable and blue collar. Logan is a mechanic dealing with his closeted sexuality, a wife and marriage he feels trapped in but kids he adores and misses. Nick has an ailing mother with dementia, brought on by domestic abuse when Nick was a teenager. Together they each much deal with their own internal problems and then perhaps work on being together. The romance is the easiest part of the story as the two men get together and are genuinely happy and easy together. It's the internal conflicts within each and the complicated relationships to a variety of secondary characters that cause all the tension and problems. The story is full of angst and low level drama while offering a vivid and detailed setting in Pittsburgh. The title refers to two rivers that run through Pittsburgh and each plays a role in the men's lives. The writing is very engaging and the dialogue tends to be rougher and reflect the local dialect. It creates a graphic setting that comes alive throughout the story and never lets your attention waiver. The only compliant is that the problems last up to almost the last page so there is very little calm time where the men can just be together and not deal with more complications. It would have been nice to see the men mature and get past this difficult time but perhaps that is for upcoming stories. Either way, those readers that like meaty, angst driven romances with very detailed city settings will be happily satisfied with this one. Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews