Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Release Day Book Brief: Joy (States of Love) by C.S. Poe

JoyTitle ~ Joy

Author ~ C.S. Poe

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 5th April 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?

Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.


Debra’s Book Brief

This was a short but sweet story with likeable characters and a gorgeous setting. Gideon fears that bad luck is the only luck he has and is running from his fast-paced L.A. life, trying to figure out what his next move should be. Sure hitting a moose is not the best way to meet someone, but on the flip-side, it turns out to be the best luck he ever had.

Silas has never left New Hampshire and loves his life in small-town Lancaster. He starts off as a flannel-clad mountain man of few words. Turns out his gruff exterior is covering an easily flustered, extremely adorable man.

I loved the MCs relationship and I wanted more. They had great banter, both with their own quirks, and I smiled whenever they were together.

Silas seems to have it pretty much together, while Gideon’s self-doubt and insecurity are his biggest stumbling blocks. While things do seem to go wrong an awful lot when he’s around, he has a hard time seeing the good that often also comes with that “bad luck”.

Gideon showed quite a bit of growth in the small timespan the story covers. He finds a purpose and a home – not just a place to stay, but a place where he is accepted, is at peace and can simply enjoy life without the pressures of the fast-paced L.A. race to be the best.

The story is short and the two men fall quickly. I did feel like I was missing out on some together time with Silas and Gideon as they get to know each other. There were things that were fast-forwarded through, I gather due to the length of the story, but other than that I really did enjoy their budding relationship. The small New Hampshire town and the people who live there came to life off the pages. From the B&B owners to Silas’ work crew (who keep it fun by wagering on Silas and Gideon), to the beauty of their surroundings, C.S. Poe created a welcoming setting that was a joy to visit, I only wish my stay had been a bit longer.

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Meet C.S. Poe 

cspoe2017C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
C.S. Poe can be followed on her website, which also has links to her Goodreads and social media pages. She can also be followed via her e-mail newsletter on the website.




  1. See, this is why I'm not a fan of this new trend of incredibly short stories. It feels like this one is meant to be part of an anthology maybe, because States Of Love is referenced in another post, implying a series or some such where the stories take place in "every corner of the country" (USA). I enjoyed Ms. Poe's Nevermore and am looking forward to the follow-up Curiosities. I AM interested in this book too, but as a short, sweet story with little in the way of smexy times, I'm afraid I'd rather spend my time and money elsewhere. This is my view of the recent glut of under-100-page romance books that have recently been published, not a slight against this particular author, whose work I really do like. I can only hope Ms. Poe will expand this story into an actual book, instead of the couple of chapters it feels like, at 76 pages.

    1. I understand your point of view and know others who won't read short stories for the same reasons, but on the other side there are a lot of people who prefer short stories as they have limited reading time or sometimes want something quick. I know I often pick up a short story when I've just finished a longer, involved story and am not ready to jump into another one.

      That being said, I recently finished Curiosities and if you liked Nevermore I think you'll really enjoy the second one as well.