Country Mouse by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov is a delightful tale of a romantic romp that takes place in London. Two dashing young men, British Malcolm Kavanaugh and American Owen Watson meet in a rather seedy bar and begin a weekend adventure that could turn into something special if both men are open to trusting each other.
Owen’s on holiday with a former girlfriend and he’s looking for a good beer and maybe a hookup with a nice guy. While Malcolm is looking for a quick and submissive lay to replace the one stranded in the Tube. Both men are in for a surprise.
Lane is a good writer with strong characters and teaming up with Voinov is no mistake. Country Mouse works well. Voinov and Lane create great characters and the plotting is well-crafted and smooth. There are some moments of emotional angst, but humor tempers them. Country Mouse is written with a light-hearted touch. The tone of the story is similar to Super Sock Man by Lane where the characters have personal problems but the pain and drama of those problems don’t color their entire lives.
This is a good collaboration between two strong writers. I very much enjoyed watching Malcolm, the Dom wannabe try and out-maneuver Owen, who’s definitely not training to be a sub. They are a well-matched couple and that’s a good thing, since much of Country Mouse focuses on their interactions with each other. This is definitely going to get a second read.