I bought this book because the description really interested me and I have to say it did not disappoint. This is Justin Myers first novel and I sure hope he writes another one.
James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she’s moving to Russia. Adrift and single in loved-up London, James need to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo. After meeting a succession of weird/hot/gross men, James has fans and the validation he’s always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left unshared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo…
‘I was suddenly, acutely, aware of all my competition. What if all the other men on the dating site were better than me? Eyes bluer? Taller, perhaps? More enthusiastic and spontaneous? The unseen enemy.’
First I have to say, Justin Myers is a fantastic writer. This book (and not many can) made me laugh out loud. It’s funny, witty and sharp. On the other hand ‘The Last Romeo’ is poignant, heartfelt and moving. It’s such an honest view on the dating lives on gay men in this modern world. I mean look at the quote above, we’ve all felt like this right? That’s why this book is so wonderful, because of its honesty, it’s integrity.
When I first started the book, I truly thought the plot was obvious, another gay romance story (don’t get me wrong I love them, and we need more) but this book is more than that. It’s a journey of self discovery, of finding who you truly and how doing something you love can lead to something wonderful. The plot moves along well, with a nice ending that took me by surprise. But I was really thrilled with the ending, it’s what makes this book special.
Now, I think this book should be read by everyone because it’s that good. But I really think it’s important for gay men, young gay men, single gay men to read. It’s a book that gives you hope, and an honest portrayal of our lives
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.