Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart.
Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried, his kids are grown, and he’s left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia’s East Coast, Clay reckons he’s happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he’s a bit lonely, it’s not the end of the world.
Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged man of Ethan’s dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating character POVs by chapter.
I almost didn’t read this because I tend to be disappointed by GFY and that’s what I took from the blurb ~ but I was looking for May/December and the folks in Lucy’s Lair (Facebook group for fans of author Lucy Lennox) were raving, so here I am. And I am so glad I didn’t miss out.
1. This isn’t really GFY. Re-reading the blurb it says Clay has “long suppressed desires” and that’s really what this is about for him.
2. May/December! Clay is 44 and Ethan is 27.
3. Ethan is hard of hearing and this is such a unique take on his coming to terms with this happening to him in his early 20’s.
4. I just adore these guys… er “blokes”. As individuals and as a couple. There’s a little angst, but most of it is external and anything between them is resolved maturely and quickly. So, I just got to adore their blooming relationship.
5. That epilogue. So sweet.
6. As I went to write this review, I realized this is the same author that I stumbled upon her audiobook for Kidnapped by the Pirate which I also loved. I will now stalk… uh, follow her on all the places. (see below for links)
About the author:
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
You can connect with Keira Andrews here:
My Favorite Quotes
“It won’t always hurt this much. All things fade. It doesn’t mean you forget, but the pain won’t be there in every breath, sweetie.”