Book Reviews

Book Review: Counting Fence Posts by Kelly Jensen

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, MM Romance, LGBTQIA+ Romance, Short Story
Series: Counting, book 1
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via Goodreads):
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.


Content Warning: Explicit sexual content.

My Review:
Counting Fence Posts is a short read full of character growth between Henry and Marcus. They get stuck in a blizzard on some back road on Christmas Eve, forcing them into a tense, bleak situation. This unconventional circumstance allows them to get to know each other and then some.

I liked how Henry and Marcus’ relationship grows organically. They engage in real conversation for the first time. Both are two halves of the same whole. The author takes great care depicting their backgrounds and the internal struggles of someone LGBTQ. I’m really interested in seeing how their relationship will go because of their troubled pasts and present insecurities.

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