This is the first book I’ve read by Sally Malcolm, and it will not be the last. I read this book in a couple of days, couldn’t put it down and still wanted more. A lovely story.
Theo Wishart has given up on finding love. Luca Moretti doesn’t want to find it. A handful of summer days may change their lives forever – if they’re brave enough to read between the lines. Eyes might be windows to the soul, but for Theo Wishart they’re all shuttered. His dyspraxia makes it hard to read people. He doesn’t do relationships and he certainly doesn’t do the great outdoors. Two weeks spent “embracing beach life” while he tries to close the deal on a once great, now fading seaside hotel is a special kind of hell. Until Luca. Gorgeous, unreachable Luca. Luca Moretti travels light, avoiding all the romantic entanglements. Estranged from his parents, he vows this will be his last trip home to New Milton. His family’s hotel is on the verge of ruin and there’s nothing Luca can do to save it. He’s given up on the Majestic, he’s given up on his family and he’s given up on his future. Until Theo. Prickly, captivating Theo. No mushy feelings, no expectations, and no drama – that’s the deal. A simple summer fling. And it suits them both just fine. But as the summer wanes and their feelings deepen, its clear to everyone around them that Theo and Luca are falling in love. What will it take for them to admit it to themselves- and each other?
“And its so easy to make mistakes, to think you know what someone wants when the truth is they don’t want you at all.”
This is a sweet, charming, classic yet modern love story. The two main characters begin a slow-burn romance that is a pleasure to read. The love story is beautifully written, it’s filled with sweetness, laughs and passion. Also, the family dynamics are really well written, you get just as involved with the tumultuous relationships each main characters has with their parents, as they do with each other, which makes it an interesting read.
Now, when it comes to the plot I have to say, it’s pretty predictable. You can guess from the beginning what story is going to unfold. This doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable, it’s just means there aren’t many surprises to come. I loved the ending though, it was cinematic and I could easily see it on the big screen. I didn’t want their love story to end.
I will always enjoy a book that has great representation of the LGBT community and this book does just that. I believe it will give young teens reading it hope for the future to read a love story like this. It also has great presentation of dyspraxia, which I had never heard of, it handles it in a delicate and truthful way.
So if you like a good LGBT romance, love story, or a light read with a lot of heart then this is the book for you. I hope there’s more from Sally Malcolm to follow.
This book was given to me by Netgalley and Carina Press in return for an honest review.