Brilliant opener in Nora’s new small town silver foxes series

Renovating the Model coverRenovating the Model by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a grown up romance and by that I don’t mean just the age of one of the protagonist.

This is just a pleasure to read, there’s no stupid drama, no miscommunication, no lack of conversation all just to create tension.

Instead, Nora gives the reader a beautiful romance between two most unlikely men but who are absolutely perfect for each other.

Tiago is a world-famous model, alongside his twin brother Tomás, returning to the small home town they left 30 years previously for a high school reunion. It’s been five years since they were last back and lots has changed in that time.

As they catch up with their friends, they reminisce about old times, talk about the death of one of their friends who was a Marine killed in Iraq in the Gulf War, and, for Tiago, ponder their future.

The meet/cute between Tiago and Cas is pretty funny, I won’t spoil it but it had me smiling. Their paths cross once again and it’s pretty clear there’s an instant attraction which leads to a pretty smoking hot hook-up.

Cas is 18 years younger but he’s a definite old soul and had a very mature attitude which feels completely realistic given his background. I loved that while he had a bit of a freak out at the fact a gorgeous model thought he was attractive, it wasn’t dwelled on once Cas accepted it was the truth.

Watching them slowly fall in love while thinking they’re just having a friends with occasional benefits relationship is a pleasure.

This whole book is a pleasure really, it’s great to read about love with MCs who are nearer my own age!

I also very much adored the wee map of Forestville at the start of the book too, I’m such a sucker for them and I’m really looking forward to seeing who will be up next.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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