A Fluffy Tale 2: Warm and Fuzzy

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Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
Daniel wants to be an engineer, but when his parents die in an accident, he gives up his studies and takes a office position to support his young brother and sister. He hates his new job, but never expects to find himself in serious danger, or to need help from the amazingly tall, kind and good-looking Spen, his friends, Julian, Leo and Zachary, and, of course, their clever kems.

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Words: 56,640
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458068125
About Ann Somerville

Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia’s prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this ‘culture’ thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees, an English husband, and a staggering case of homesickness, vowing never to leave Australia again.

Her long, plot-driven fiction featuring gay and bisexual characters has been professionally published, although copious free full length stories and novels are also available on her website. She blogs about writing, publishing, her life and many shiny distracting things.

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Review by: Alex Whitehall on Jan. 16, 2012 :
Overall
A lovely follow-up story to the first, this novel has the same delightful kems, some return characters, plus new characters and more action. Although the character development isn't as in depth, the quicker pace gives good character growth in a shorter amount of time.

Despite some of the heavy topics dealt with in this novel, this isn't an overly emotional story, as the weight of the matter is balanced out by the strength of the characters. I found this to be a charming tale with charming characters and an overall warm feeling throughout the story. A good tale for curling up with on a relaxing day.

Strengths
Sometimes writing is so good you cannot help but notice the poetry of the language. Sometimes it's so bad you cannot help but notice the bumbling language. This writing is so natural that you do not notice it. You float along the words that carry you through the story. The writing is good, strong and consistent, but because the story demands it, the writing becomes secondary, letting the characters and the plot blossom.

There is a relatively simple, but enjoyable plot that allows some action and heated emotions to bleed through while dealing with the larger events, but the main characters aren't stars or heroes, just characters like you'd expect to happen in real life. I like that the plot almost seems to happen around the characters rather than to the characters and much of it is outside their control. In addition, the simplicity of the plot allows the reader to focus on the characters and relationships.

Spen and Daniel's dynamic brings a certain level of comfort to the story, as they both come across as being very human in their reactions and emotions. Spen is trying to be a good guy and a good friend, while Daniel struggles to not be viewed as a victim or a charity case while not wanting to push Spen away too far, since he likes the guy. As with the previous novel, I like that the romance isn't rushed but developed over time. This allows us to get to know the characters and let their relationship come across organically.

Weaknesses
Oddly enough, despite this story having a stronger element of “rich man swoops down and saves poor man,” it bothered me less here. Maybe because the poor man did need saved and it wasn't on a purely financial level. Maybe it's because I have a giant soft spot in my heart for Leo. Maybe it's because Daniel needs to be saved so very much and I'm a romantic. Either way, be warned that money is used not to solve problems, necessarily, but definitely to make life peachy-keen. However, the events surrounding the use of money to solve problems is secondary to the main story and isn't really a weakness in my estimation.

Although there were very few (to no) weaknesses in this story, it also lacked anything to really blow me away and impress me, thus keeping it from a 5-star rating. However, it's a good, solid tale that's well written, plotted, and developed.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Zach Sweets on Aug. 12, 2011 :
It was a sequel to A Fluffy Tale. In my humble opinion, this book is a must-read. I adored this book much more than I adored the first book. I was hooked and couldn’t put this book down and read for around five hours straight. It was worth my time.

Daniel and his two young siblings lost their parent to a horrible tragedy car accident. Daniel had to drop out his college when he was just a year away from graduating with a Bachelor. He had chosen to watch his two young siblings and to provide a comfortable income for his family.

He got hired but it wasn’t the best job. He had to suffer the consequence at work. It was when Spencer came in rescue. It was the most emotional moment for Daniel since he hated having a pity party. He worked no matter what happened, he couldn’t afford to lose the job, and he didn’t want to bring more problems to his family. It caused him becoming a hard-head.

Did Spencer have Daniel out of the worse problem anyone could have ever encountered? Well, read and find out!

It is still a must-read for everyone. It would be wonderful for those who never read M/M books since it didn’t really mentioned any sex scene and the plots were wonderful written.

What are you waiting for? Go and buy it. You won’t be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sean Norris on June 05, 2011 :
It was a sequel to A Fluffy Tale. In my humble opinion, this book is a must-read. I adored this book much more than I adored the first book. I was hooked and couldn’t put this book down and read for around five hours straight. It was worth my time.

Daniel and his two young siblings lost their parent to a horrible tragedy car accident. Daniel had to drop out his college when he was just a year away from graduating with a Bachelor. He had chosen to watch his two young siblings and to provide a comfortable income for his family.

He got hired but it wasn’t the best job. He had to suffer the consequence at work. It was when Spencer came in rescue. It was the most emotional moment for Daniel since he hated having a pity party. He worked no matter what happened, he couldn’t afford to lose the job, and he didn’t want to bring more problems to his family. It caused him becoming a hard-head.

Did Spencer have Daniel out of the worse problem anyone could have ever encountered? Well, read and find out!

It is still a must-read for everyone. It would be wonderful for those who never read M/M books since it didn’t really mentioned any sex scene and the plots were wonderful written.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: dumbledore11214 on Feb. 19, 2011 :
This was a well researched (actually very well researched) love story with sympathetic likeable characters, but I also liked the first Fluffy tale more and for few days I could not figure out why. And then I realized that I liked kems in the first story more, they were, I don't know more mysterious I suppose? I loved how the connection between Julian and his kem was explored in the first story and here in my opinion kems are reduced to be home animals, if that makes sense? It is not bad at all, it is enjoyable love story, but I wanted kems to be something else I suppose.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: meridae on Feb. 10, 2011 :
I love Ann Somerville's work, and she is one of my 'frequent re-reads' (i.e. I go back to her writing time and time again to read it over when I can't find anything new that catches my interest). I was thrilled to find a sequel to the regularly enjoyed 'A Fluffy Tale' and this addition to her body of work certainly doesn't disappoint. Admittedly, it's not as long as the first story, and doesn't quite get into the character's heads as deeply, but it is, in my opinion, a more polished, tighter piece of writing with less - excuse the pun - fluff! Well, except for the kems, of course, which are a highlight and a drawcard to these tales. While never strictly or truly defined, in my head kems are a cross between a cat, a ferret and a two year old - only more intelligent - and as with the first story they add an endearing and integral aspect to this story as they continue to meddle in the affairs of their humans. It's fun to speculate on what kems actually are - a shard of the human soul given furry form, or just a way of answering the human need to never be alone? - whatever they are, they are still the central point around which these stories revolve.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: M G on Feb. 10, 2011 :
I was hoping this would be as enjoyable as the first installment (which I liked a lot) but it falls flat. Most notably, characters from the first story are included in this one, but not even spelled correctly. It's a fine read, but I don't think as much effort was put into cleaning it up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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