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02/01/2008 Archived Entry: "eBook review: Bringo Springs"

Bringo Springs
By Laney Cairo
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Ryes

Bad Case of Loving You by Laney Cairo made such an impression on me that I've craved Cairo's books ever since. Cairo has a unique writing voice and her characters shine whether they are the main characters or just side characters. She clearly researches everything she writes thoroughly and her setting set-ups and descriptions are evidence of that. Bringo Springs is her most recent novel.

Ross is a college student from the city, but because of his grandfather's hospitalization, he has to take a few weeks off to run his grandfather's farm. Unfortunately, the farm is a mess and one of the problems is that the bore pump does not work. Without pump water and with a host of other problems, Ross calls in outside help.

Geoff, who comes to fix the bore pump, ends up staying indefinitely to help Ross with maintaining the farm. He's impressed at the fact that despite being a cityboy, Ross doesn't complain about any of the farm chores. He's also intrigued at meeting another guy who is gay (there's not that many gay men who are out where Geoff lives).

Ross has a boyfriend named Eugene back in the city, though. Apparently that's not an issue because Ross jumps right into bed with Geoff. That was my first peeve. If his relationship with Eugene is so inconsequential, why include it at all? I liked Ross up until then. It does no good to paint a bleak picture of the main character. So I'm a little ticked off with Ross, who doesn't tell Geoff that he has a boyfriend.

Ross and Geoff's relationship starts off with a physical attraction, but they soon grow closer to each other and fall in love. I think that at least is realistic. A lot of relationships start out with physical attraction and theirs is no different. Over the course of working alone together at the farm, they starting liking non-physical aspects of each other.

Like Cairo's previous works, her setting is very vivid and sometimes reading it is a bit intimidating. With this book, the fault lies with way too many jargon that quickly becomes overwhelming. A good first chunk of the book is about Ross doing his farm duties—not very exciting. I don't even follow everything he's doing because of all the jargon she's using. Another big source of irritation was the unprofessional editing. Every few pages, I see typos; sometimes whole words or phrases are missing from sentences. There were also wrong verb tenses scattered throughout. No proofreader?

Bringo Springs is not Cairo's most impressive book, but her fans will find it worth looking into. She's been accused before of having no plot in her books, but I disagree. Her stories are always about the relationship and how the main characters evolve throughout the novel. You'll also find that with this book, and the substandard editing aside, Cairo's story is compelling. The reason why Ross cheats on Eugene is revealed later in the book—I still don't buy into it—and they are able to leave on good terms. The book ends on a hopeful note and that always puts me in a good mood.

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