Wednesday, September 7, 2011

DUTCH TREAT by Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: July 15th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61372-057-8
Contemporary MM
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Being dumped on the way to the airport wasn’t Michael’s idea of a pleasant send off to his new work assignment in Europe. Feeling like this is just the taste to come; Michael huddles down and tries to work through his loneliness and pain. Meeting a co-worker, Stephan, leaves Michael reeling. He is someone who makes him laugh, comforts him when he is down and Michael finds the friendship could turn into something more. Can Michael let go of his fears in order to open his heart to the one man who completes him, heart, body and soul?

Andrew Grey delivers another stellar story in DUTCH TREAT. A sweet and wonderfully told story, Mr. Grey gives a beautiful descriptive tale of a man finding his way in a country that is not his own. With his confidence growing, Michael finds that the love he longs for is right there in front of him, the issue is, can he risk his heart to grab the chance of happiness he so richly deserves? What I love about this author’s work is his character driven storylines. The emotions one feels when reading one of his stories brings tears to the eyes as you feel the gauntlet of emotions as the characters do. You will laugh, cry, sigh and cheer as you read DUTCH TREAT. The writing was tight, the storyline flowed nicely and the characters were multi-dimensional.

Meet Michael. He is an IT specialist and is offered the chance to go to the European branch for a project from work. This could make his career but when he is dumped as he goes to the airport, he feels this is just the tip of a lonely miserable time the next several months. What he gets instead is friendship with a co-worker, Stephan, who is sexy, sweet and wonderful as Michael acclimates to the European way of life. I loved Michael. He was complex, vulnerable once he let down the wall around his heart and you could see how much Stephan affected him.

Stephen was a sweet character you couldn’t help but smile whenever he came onto the pages. You could see the sparks fly between these two and as friendship turns to something more, fears come into play that the author did a wonderful job incorporating into the story. It made it much more real to me. The secondary characters moved the story along nicely and had me giggling at times.

DUTCH TREAT was just that-a wonderful, sinful treat to enjoy on a sultry evening. Mr. Grey delivers a story that leaves a smile on your face when the last page is read. With each book I read of this author, I find myself falling more and more under his spell. As he weaves his web around the reader, Mr. Grey draws you ever closer to a story that will make you breathless. If you are looking for a story that will have you wishing to go to the Netherlands just to experience some of the wonderful sites mentioned in the story, then run-don’t walk-to grab DUTCH TREAT. It’s like a decadent piece of chocolate-it goes down smooth and leaves you reaching for more. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future and hope you do as well.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.