Book Reviews

Coddiwomple by S.E. Harmon

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 02-June-2021

Book Blurb

As a wildlife photographer, Journey “JJ” Sutton never stays in one place too long. The world is his classroom, and he’s living his dream. His only regret is that he had to sacrifice the love of his life to do it. But as the saying goes, you can never go home again. That’s until there’s a family emergency, and he has to…well, go home again. His easy breezy lifestyle gets complicated fast. It certainly doesn’t help that his ex-fiancé has bought the house next door.

After an unstable childhood, Cameron Foster loves small-town life. He has everything he needs in his vet practice, his friends, and his animals. Despite what numerous exes seem to think, he’s not still in love with Journey. And so what if they add “benefits” to their friendship? As long as he keeps his heart out of the equation, everything should be fine.

Too bad Journey's not onboard with that plan. With summer ending, he has to convince Cameron that this is more than just a fling. This time around, he knows what he wants. He wants a second chance. He wants forever. Most of all, he wants Cameron’s heart.

Journey may have put away his passport, but things are just getting interesting.


Book Review

The word coddiwomple means “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination”. Journey Sutton, of ‘Coddiwomple’ by S.E. Harmon, has coddiwompled all over the world armed with his camera, deliberately not having preconceived notions of what he would find. Journey has had some fantastic experiences, but when his father falls ill, Journey goes back to care for him; he may face his most challenging adventure yet.


After Journey’s mother died, his father’s mental health declined and Journey took over taking care of his younger siblings. For years he sacrificed his childhood to make sure they were safe and happy. Finally, Journey had had enough. Journey was in a long-standing relationship with his best friend and lover, Cameron Foster. Unfortunately, when Journey decided to leave town and, for once, do something for himself, Cameron was not willing to go. Now that he is back, Journey knows he will have to face Cameron once again. However, Journey did not expect Cameron to be the person picking him up at the airport. Then again, he shouldn’t be so surprised. Cameron always was the most likable and generous guy he has ever known.


Journey’s relationship with his father is tenuous at best. When he goes to the hospital to see him, he is not surprised to find that his father is belligerent and cranky because, as he says, it took a major health emergency to get Journey to come back home. His father has always been resentful that Journey went off to follow his dream instead of staying there and joining his auto repair business like he thought he would. Journey takes his father home; he grouches the whole way about everything from Journey’s driving to not being able to stop for a burger since he is on a special diet.


Things don’t get any better with his father, but with Cameron living next door, Journey can’t avoid him. They start spending time together just as friends, of course. Their lives are still on divergent paths with little hope of changing. There’s no need to become involved again. Yet, there’s something oddly comforting being together again. Journey proposes a physical relationship with no strings attached; Cameron resists. He is not about to get his heart broken again. He is sure he would never recover. Finally, Cameron gives in, but when Journey’s feelings about a casual relationship begin to change, and he decides he wants more, Cameron adamantly refuses to bend.


This was a great story about second chances. When they were young, Cameron and Journey didn’t realize that there are always ways to compromise. Later in life, they understood that anything is possible with it. I’m so relieved that they did. Thanks, S.E., for the delightful story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 299 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-April-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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