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Jason has one rule when it comes to holidays - work his shift behind the bar and then find a willing body to distract himself with. One night is long enough to satisfy his needs and still walk away with his heart intact. It has worked out fine for most of his adult life, but this Easter, he's trying something new. He's leaving the city to visit his friend, Aiden, who recenJason has one rule when it comes to holidays - work his shift behind the bar and then find a willing body to distract himself with. One night is long enough to satisfy his needs and still walk away with his heart intact. It has worked out fine for most of his adult life, but this Easter, he's trying something new. He's leaving the city to visit his friend, Aiden, who recently moved in with his boyfriend in the middle of nowhere, but one unfortunate incident leaves Jason without a place to sleep.Tom doesn't do relationships, he rarely does hook-ups and never too close to home. Living on his own without attachments is far easier than having the whole town knowing about him. As the holiday approaches, his lonely house grows even quieter than normal - at least until his friend, Tristan, dumps an arrogant bartender in his lap.As soon as Jason lays eyes on the gruff lumberjack whose home he'll be sharing, he knows who'll warm his bed for the weekend and help chase away any pending holiday gloom. Too bad Tom doesn't want to get with the programme. As much as he wants to let Jason close, he won't risk outing himself for a weekend fling. Will Jason trust Tom not to break his heart if he stays longer than a couple of days, and will Tom value their relationship higher than the town gossip?...

Title : Once in a Forest
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ISBN : 9781786450388
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Number of Pages : 125 Pages
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Once in a Forest Reviews

  • Al
    2019-02-01 17:25

    I seem to be very partial to this Lumberjack series, which makes me wonder if it's too late for me to consider a whole career change..... Lots more brooding goodness :D

  • Ele
    2019-02-24 15:24

    *3.5 stars*I very much enjoyed Once in a Forest, although I didn't love it as much as the first book, Once in a Snowstorm.This is the story of Tom, Tristan's lumberjack friend, and Jason, Aiden's friend from the city.What I liked:Lumberjacks! More lumberjacks y'all!What I loved:~Tom is in the closet and is afraid to come out. The mere thought of it, causes him to feel physically ill. Yes, he has openly gay friends. Yes, the town seems to be more accepting. And yes, he has a support system. But Tom is still afraid and hesitant.The author did a great job with this. It pisses me off to no end, when people make flippant assumptions about when a person should come out. Having a support system is not all it takes. And who are you to judge about such a personal thing? Apologies for the mini rant.I loved how the author handled it, and I loved the characters' reactions regarding this.~There were more feels in this one. There was humour and flirting too, but there was some angst as well. Not the contrived kind, but the one that tugs at your heartstrings a little bit.~I love all secondary characters.~There is this small-town feeling that I completely adore. Strong sense of place and community too.What I didn't care for:~For the most part of the book, the only good thing about Jason is his dog. He comes on too strong, pushes Tom, and he was such an asshole about (view spoiler)[the bottoming thing (hide spoiler)] at first. Tom was so gracious and kind about it, and Jason acted like a douchebag.~Things felt a little rushed, considering that everything happens in a matter of days.~Aiden was a really shitty friend to Jason here. I loved that he was basking in his HEA with Tristan, but dude!Bottom line: I didn't love this, but I definately enjoyed it a lot, and I do recommend it. And John will get a story, right? Don't say no to me.God, I feel I talked this book to death.*Review cross-posted on Gay Book Reviews.*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Elsa Bravante
    2019-02-19 21:11

    Otro leñador..., y otro relato agradable :)

  • Dante Love Fisher
    2019-02-24 19:02

    In the second book in the Nortown series we get Tom's story! And, while this time around we get our lumberjack and a few new and different tropes (I think), the tropes take a little bit of a backseat. Either that or they just aren't as fucking crazy as in Book 1. LOLWe also get tattoos, and a lot of beard! :DFun read! And I want John's story!

  • Truuss
    2019-01-29 22:02

    Another read just how I like them. Feelings at the right moments. Personalities absolute not superficial, dancing around each other, the tension, the clash and thank god just before I wanted to scream they finally entwine.I loved this short story very much

  • Debbie McGowan
    2019-02-23 19:20

    (Editor's review)I adore Tom.Jason...has a nice dog.Great story, touching in places, hilarious in others. I'm thinking about moving to Nortown, find me a sensitive lumberjack...who likes women...don't fancy my chances.

  • Wicked
    2019-01-24 21:31

    This entire series is charming, that's the best way I can describe it at the moment.I read out of order because book 2.5 was about Aiden and Tristan and I couldn't wait. I was convinced a different couple wouldn't be as wonderful as they were. I was right and I was wrong. Initially I did not like Jason at all, although Tom I loved from the start. It took nearly the whole story for me to cut Jason some slack but he ended up growing on me by the end. Mostly because he was smart enough to get how amazing Tom was. I love when an author can change my mind on a character and show hidden depths or growth or change and that is exactly what happened with Jason. The small town feel of these stories makes the town itself seem like a character and I am really enjoying it. I want more. John's story soon? Yes please with amaretto syrup on top. Now I have to go back and hunt down the free stories from this author that have been sitting somewhere on my cyber shelf waiting. After reading these, I simply must have more.

  • Nerea
    2019-02-18 18:27

    Ok, Definitely I love this series!!In this one, Jason, Aidan ex coworker come to the small town for a weekend visit. He wanted to jump into Aidan in the past but since he hadn't got the opportunity he decided to come to have a last chance. BUT all his fate is against it!Aidan is happily involved in a formal relationship with Tristan and his dog Biscuit goes totally mad with Tristan´s dog so the only solution is to past the weekend at Tristan friend TOM´s house.:_____________D Jason is annoying, flirtatious and really cute.Tom is a super closeted lumberjack who is totally scared to be out or about the town's rumors. It has been fun to read this! They have a lot of chemistry and the story is so fluid and interesting!Note: Who the H is John? We NEED his story!

  • Amy Spector
    2019-01-25 14:31

    Ofelia Gränd has opened my eyes to both the iKea fueled lumber industry and the appeal of bearded, sweaty men.

  • Gabis Laberladen
    2019-02-03 17:07

    Darum geht's:Jason feiert Ostern nie, sondern sieht die Feiertage nur als gute Gelegenheit, eine extra Schicht als Barkeeper einzulegen und einen One Night Stand zu finden. Dieses Jahr hat ihn Kumpel Aiden in seine Hütte am Ende der Welt eingeladen, wo er seit kurzem mit seinem neuen Freund Tristan und Hund Og wohnt. Doch beide haben nicht bedacht, dass sich Jasons Hund Bisquit nicht mit Og verstehen könnte. Nun sind sie gezwungen, Jason bei Tom, einem Freund Tristans, unterzubringen. Jason erliegt schnell dem Holzfäller-Charme Toms, doch der ist so geheimnisvoll und verschlossen, wie es nur geht.So fand ich's:Wie schillernd-schwules Cityleben auf den rustikalen Charme eines Holzfällers trifft, das haben wir schon in "Once in a Snowstorm" erleben dürfen, als Aiden vor Tristans Haustüre strandete. Nachdem die beiden ihr Happy End gefunden haben, kommt Aidens Freund Jason zu Besuch und hat genauso seine anfänglichen Probleme mit dem Landleben wie Aiden. Doch die kleine, sympathische Gemeinde, in der jeder jeden kennt, und der undurchsichtige Holzfäller Tom faszinieren Jason und er fühlt sich dort sehr schnell heimisch.Eigentlich hätte Jason nichts gegen eine kleine Affäre mit Tom einzuwenden, doch der lässt sich gar nicht in die Karten schauen und verheimlicht vor allen, dass er schwul ist. Und als klar ist, dass beide Interesse haben, gehen die Vorstellungen, woran sie nun genau interessiert sind, weit auseinander. Trotz aller erotischen Spannungen erleben die beiden ein schönes Osterwochenende miteinander und Jason entdeckt, wie dieser Feiertag im Gegensatz zu seinen üblichen Plänen, erst arbeiten, dann One-Night-Stand, auch ablaufen kann. Er ist empfänglich für selbst gekochtes Essen und Toms Fürsorge und man genießt diese ungewohnte Situation mit Jason. Und auch Tom kann nicht anders, als aus seinem Schneckenhaus herauszukommen.Der Ton der Geschichte ist leicht und unterhaltsam, die Geschichte fluffig und fröhlich mit nur einer kleinen Prise Drama, und insgesamt macht sie einfach Spaß, genauso wie schon "Once in a Snowstorm".Die kurzen Auftritte des menschenscheuen und geradezu verängstigten Nachbarn John deuten wohl darauf hin, dass da noch eine weitere Geschichte zu erzählen ist. Ich bin sehr gespannt und hoffe auf mehr!

  • Dee Aditya
    2019-01-25 14:03

    This was fun!Lonely Lumberjack Tom is very deeply in the closet, because he doesn't want to be the topic of gossip for the whole town. City boy Jason is in the area to visit Aiden, and laments the lack of hot twinks the whole time he is there.Until he shifts his sights to Tom. And Tom likes Jason, but he doesn't want to be with him.So there's complications. Which get sorted out. Then of courseAnd a super cute epilogue!I think I liked this one a little more than Once in a Snowstorm because I felt this was a little funnier, mostly due to Jason's antics. And there were some really adorable scenes too, like when Tom takes Jason to the hospital.Cute and funny (and also full of feelz).I want John's story!

  • Blackmermaid
    2019-01-30 21:02

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that this is now a series! I enjoyed Once in a Snowstorm and I was wondering if Tom would have his own story. Jason decides to visit Aiden, but he ends up staying with Tom. Having Jason stay with him becomes difficult for Tom as he is not out and he has no intention to. Jason's past prevents him from having relationships. The epilogue takes place a month into the future this time. I would love to read John's story. I have many questions about him!

  • Tess
    2019-02-05 22:14

    4 starsThis was a light and sexy lumberjack novella. It wasn't completely smooth sailing to the HFN as these guys each had a few issues to work out and neither had ever been in a real relationship before. I'd be interested to seeing how things develop between these guys ...

  • cmbookdiva
    2019-02-02 15:07

    Loved it and I got to see more Tristan and Aiden.

  • Maria
    2019-02-23 14:32

    An enjoyable, easy read with a little more angst than the previous two books. It can't always be hearts and flowers. Sometimes you have to work for it. These two are an example of that. Tom was wonderful. Jason was not. Glad to see Jason finally puts the big boy pants on and mans up. I was beginning to think this asshat wasn't good enough for anyone, let alone our lovely, hunky, adorable Tom. I was proven wrong. I like that. The unpredictability. Oh, we still get a HEA. Thank you for that! Looking forward to John's story. Coming soon I hope.

  • Sylvia
    2019-01-30 17:31

    3.5☆I'm really liking the Nortown series so far I liked the first one better though .

  • Jor Barrie
    2019-02-08 22:29

    I loved Once In A Snowstorm, and book II in the series didn't disappoint! The recipe isn't much different, but I could read about butch lumberjacks forever without getting bored!It's a lovely story, sweet, hot & funny, with a bit of angst thrown in for good measure. I loved Tom right from the start (who wouldn't?), and although Jason was a real pain in the b*tt to start with, I did warm to him in the end. It's the kind of story that feels like a well-earned break in peaceful surroundings, away from the usual hectic pace of life.And I'm sure I'm going to love John's story too!

  • Marlobo
    2019-02-10 15:12

    3,5 stars I liked this much better than Once in a Snowstorm. Low-angst and somewhat fluffy, was a very nice breakaway from every day life for a few hours, that's exactly what Ms Gränd promises and delivers.

  • Tam
    2019-02-04 20:19

    I enjoyed this one but not quite as much as the first. Jason was kind of an asshole and Aiden invited him to stay and then pretty much abandoned him. And they should get their dogs fixed, might cure that aggression thing. Still an enjoyable read though.

  • blub
    2019-02-23 15:31

    A free copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.Tom is a lumberjack who is so deep in the closet that the thought of even having a relationship sets him into a panic. Jason is a bartender from the city taking a break for the Easter holiday to visit his friend Aiden. Issues arise, resulting in Jason rooming with Tom. Jason sees this as a his chance, whereas poor Tom is trying to resist Jason in hopes of not becoming the talk of the town.This was a cute story. From the blurb I thought Jason would be overly aggressive to the point of being annoyingly push but he wasn't like that at all. He was subtly aggressive almost passive and his flirting was too. It was kind of like a "haha..I'm joking..haha..(whispers)..not really..(whispers end)hahaha ¬_¬" kind of way. It was fun to read.Tom was such a caring sweetheart. His concern over Jason, when he barley knew him, was sweet and he was so easy to like for it.

  • Clau Felton black
    2019-02-21 20:14

    Estoy disfrutando mucho esta serie sobre leñadores. Es un insta-love porque se enamoran y deciden vivir juntos durante el fin de semana de Easter pero me pareció bien manejado. Tom es gay pero sigue encerrado en su closet personal. Toda su lucha interna bien planteada. Y Jason... pues Jason me pareció algo niñato y compartí, en varios pasajes del libro, el concepto de "idiota" que Tristan siente por él.Me encantó ver Aiden y a Tristan como personajes secundarios. Sobre todo a Tristan con esa personalidad tan suya.

  • J.J. Carroll
    2019-02-18 20:07

    Fun follow-up. I probably wanted to see a few more tropes, but still a good read. And I want John's story!Oh, and it's been annoying me, I knew the guy on the cover looked familiar and I finally worked it out -- he looks just like a carpenter who worked on our house...

  • Tjarde
    2019-02-10 17:05


  • Pixie
    2019-02-12 22:04

    I liked the first one better. This just seemed unnecessary and super brief....

  • K.C. Faelan
    2019-01-25 14:02

    Once in a Forest takes place in the fictional town of Nortown. I’d like to imagine the town is located somewhere in the northern United States or Canada because of the vast amount of forest. This is the story of Tom, a lumberjack, and Jason the friend of Aiden, who was a character in the first book. Told in third person from both MCs povs.4.5 Stars(view spoiler)[I must confess I didn’t read the first book because I became distracted with the very pretty cover of book two. Therefore because I didn’t read book one, I was confused with the characters and how they all related to each other at the beginning of the story. It didn't take long to figure it out though. This story can be read as a stand-alone, but for me, I probably should have read book one first.Tom is a nurturer and protector, but he doesn't express his feelings well. I really enjoyed the scene with Jason at the hospital which showed Tom at his best. Jason was only looking out for Jason. He was into winning and losing and approached Tom as a game to win, until Jason started to have feelings for Tom. Both MCs have deep-seated fears they need to overcome in order to form a relationship they both want. Both are playing at being someone they are not. The author did a good job of having distinct voices to each character even though the book is largely monologue. I’m not a fan of monologue for the very reason the story ends up being bland and often telling versus showing. But that wasn’t in this case. The author kept the story lively and interesting.The story is written in British English which surprised me at first since I thought it took place in the US, but since the location is an imaginary town, hey, why not?Good plot, interesting characters and a fast read, the story kept my interest despite the monologues. I give Once in a Forest, 5 Stars. (hide spoiler)]

  • Alison
    2019-02-24 20:16

    Oooh, I really liked this one. I loved Tom and Jason, too... There was some angst, some tropey-ness (I was wondering where the "cerulean blue" eyes were in the first one, lol), insecurities, friends, ahhh... so good. My only problem now, is I REALLY want to read John's story, and it's not out. =( (it is coming out though, right?? or I guess I should probably ask, you are going to write it, correct?) <3