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A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan

OUT OF 5 STARS

OUT OF 5 STARS

Shameless Recommendation

Solange Gay Rom Mini BannerIt's been a while since I savored a book like this. I loved everything about it, but especially the small bookstore setting. There is something about leaving a stressful job to take over a bookshop and the apartment above it that just speaks to me on some basic level, so I was always going to love this book. But it became so much more than that with the wonderful, three-dimensional characters. I loved John for his understandable, if not very noble reaction to the homeless guy in his store at first, because it felt real. The way he grows as a person thanks to David is a lovely journey I wouldn't want you to miss out on. Highly recommended read. [August 2014]

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Shameless Recommendation

Solange Gay Rom Mini BannerIt's been a while since I savored a book like this. I loved everything about it, but especially the small bookstore setting. There is something about leaving a stressful job to take over a bookshop and the apartment above it that just speaks to me on some basic level, so I was always going to love this book. But it became so much more than that with the wonderful, three-dimensional characters. I loved John for his understandable, if not very noble reaction to the homeless guy in his store at first, because it felt real. The way he grows as a person thanks to David is a lovely journey I wouldn't want you to miss out on. Highly recommended read. [August 2014]

Where To Buy

Buy Now From Amazon

About Our Heat Ratings

The hottest of the hot!
ex. BDSM, kink, dub-con

Super hot for adults only.
most modern romance

A little bit of heat.
not overly descriptive

Light romance and fade-to-black.
ex. young adult

Publisher Synopsis

via Amazon

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem.

'The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…'

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

ASIN: B001XUQPQ4

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[su_quote]‰ÛÏThe most important things aren’t always in the main story; sometimes the real meaning is scribbled in the margins.‰Û[/su_quote]

[su_quote]‰ÛÏTwo steps forward…one step back…I’ve always hated that old cliche too…I believe that we should all be able to dance through life and only change the tempo now and then.‰Û[/su_quote]

A Note in the Margin Series Reading Order

  1. A Note in the Margin

  2. Twelve Days

 

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Though Solange has moved on from Shameless Book Club and is living somewhere in Europe, we're gladly keeping her recommendations alive and published because they were just that good. --- Solange reads and writes gay romance like it’s her job — because it is. She likes her heroes and heroines tortured and horny, her plots juicy and riddled with angst, and rarely passes up the opportunity to add in some hurt and comfort. When she’s not reading or writing, Solange rides horses, hikes around Michigan’s plentiful lakes or whizzes down mountains with a snowboard to her feet. She’s a speed-junky, a caffeine addict and a dog lover. If you’d like to get in touch, email her here. She doesn’t bite, unless that floats your boat.

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