This is a lovely childhood friends fall in love romance
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This is another new to me author and another book where I’ve been thoroughly entertained by a well crafted story.
There is very much a sense of place with this one, the culture and heat of Portugal forming a major part of the narrative throughout and helping to anchor the lifelong friendship between Joel and David.
At the heart of this is a story about family and about belonging, to both a place and a person. When Joel returns to his childhood home, his memories of David are at the forefront.
Their friendship is rekindled and it becomes clear quickly there’s deeper feelings. I got a lot of demisexual vibes from both characters but especially from David, and there is a strong sense of the emotional connection between them.
That’s not to say they don’t fumble their way into a sexual one too, they do and it gets hotter and hotter as they become more comfortable with their feelings.
Of course, it can’t always be plain sailing and I must admit, the plot does seem to get a bit frantic and somewhat convoluted at the 70% mark with lots of disparate elements all fighting for space.
But it’s eventually sorted out and everything comes together into a lovely ending and a very sweet epilogue.
#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.