My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is super sweet, surprisingly angst free and quietly a bit kinky.
Although things happen over a very short space of time, it really doesn’t feel like instalove.
Instead, the reader can see the journey Jasper goes on when he begins to awaken from the self-imposed isolation he’s been living in since the death of his husband.
One thing I’ll mention here, and it’s probably a more “me thing” than any kind of issue, but I’d have liked to know more about Michael, the dead husband.
He’s clearly a huge part of Jasper’s life, from school through marriage at a really young age, to losing him.
But he remains only a kind of shadow in the narrative.
That may have been a deliberate choice, but for me, the lack of “why” Jasper falling for Liam was such a big thing (i.e. because of his devotion and devastation at Michael’s death), meant it didn’t have as big an impact as it could have done.
It’s the only thing that I wished was different though, as the rest of the book is just absolutely lovely.
Liam is a sweetheart, with his own issues he’s having trouble facing, but as he slowly falls in love with both Jasper and Vermont, you can see him realising something had to change.
The final chapters are glorious and very much the start of a wonderful HEA. There’s also a bonus Epilogue via a newsletter sign up.
#ARC kindly received from the publisher Heart Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.