Publisher: Musa Publishing
Date published: November 2011
M/M Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher.
Jason Ferris, now bar owner, former abandoned child moved from foster home to foster home, is dragged along to a family Christmas party by a close friend. Only when he arrives does he learn the only man he’s ever loved will be there.
Lt. Robb Sharpe has not received a hero’s welcome home. His father has his own agenda and the family party is painful for Robb. Especially when Jase appears. What happens next is a mixture of comedy, tragedy, drama and hope.
This story has some very common ingredients. The unloved child who overcomes his past. The poor rich boy, now a damaged hero. The managing, manipulative parent. The best friend who pushes the hero into a situation. But having said that, it also has some wonderful unique character distinctives, that lifts the commonality of the basics into the fresh and fun. I certainly couldn’t have predicted a hero with a talent for origami.
The beginning of the story is very evocative; it really draws the reader in, and has excellent use of imagery. The weather is applied to excellent effect, almost becoming an extra character in the story in several places, one of which sets the stage for romance, and the other which provides leavening humor and prevents the story becoming dark. In both cases it moves the plot forward in clever ways.The book was clean and neat with very few errors. The cat was a loose end I’d have liked to see tidied up, even with just a line of text.
This was another story told completely in one hero’s point of view. I truly believe every story is stronger if there is at least one scene from each main character’s POV. The only way the reader can genuinely get into their head and understand them, their innermost feelings and the underlying reasons for their thoughts and actions, is with a scene told by them, and I marked this very good book down from 4.5 to 4 because of this lack.Please note the heat rating. This story is MM but the sex is far more hinted and implied than explicit.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.