Lake Clearwater--conservation officer and water spirit--has just been appointed guardian of Gem Pond by The Powers That Be. It's the first time in eight years he's had a real home and he's determined to protect it, even if that means hiding his attraction to his sexy new partner, Forrest Oakwood.
Forrest is a native of the Gem Pond area and the guardian of its trees. He knows the land and its people are a crucial lynchpin in the natural order. He also knows that if he comes out, his boss in the DNR, Sgt. Dennison, will find an excuse to fire him. But ignoring his true nature was a lot easier before Lake Clearwater showed up. The man's a walking, talking wet dream.
Meanwhile, local residents--human and animal alike--conspire to bring Lake and Forrest together. The land needs its guardians united and at their full power. Dennison wants to cut down the trees to make room for water slides and tennis courts. If Forrest and Lake don't embrace their passion for each other, they'll be unable to stop him and that would be a disaster, not just for Gem Pond but for the entire natural world.
**I received this book free for review from the author through the DBML (Don't Buy My Love) program in the M/M Romance group on Goodreads.**
This started out as a really slow burn for Lake and Forrest, which was a nice change of pace. I really enjoyed the longing they both dealt with. Lake is a naiad and Forrest is a Dryad so they are basically opposites and well, we all know that opposites attract. Both of the men have some previous issues that they have to deal with and once they got started it was smooth sailing.
The secondary characters were hit or miss for me. On one hand I knew something was up with them and I really wanted to know more about them. On the other hand some of them were really frustrating. Over all I really enjoyed this story and I loved the word play when it came to the names of the characters.
Rating: 4 Stars
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