Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
Postgraduate student Andrew Chin arrives in London not only to study, but to explore life away from his traditional family in Singapore. His adventure begins at the airport, where he finds the diary of a wealthy British businessman and endeavors to return it.
James Howard is twice Andrew’s age, and he’s not used to selfless youngsters. Despite a rocky first meeting, the two develop an unlikely friendship as James introduces Andrew to the city. James is looking forward to the festivities leading up to Christmas in London and maybe a celebration with Andrew. But will a nasty bout of the flu ruin their romantic holiday?
Not if Andrew has anything to say about it.
Diary Dates by T.J. Masters was a short story that was a swift romance read that had promise of a much better tale then the one that was delivered. I liked the premise and the beginning that had Andrew Chin arriving and finding the diary of James Howard was intriguing and held my interest. But once the main characters met, the story started dissolving amidst a lack of chemistry and characterization.
I liked the awkwardness displayed by Andrew Chin as a student out of his element in London. First time in away from his family, first time in that foreign city, so many firsts…the cultural misunderstandings. He was charming and I adored him. In fact I wanted more of his background. James Howard on the other hand always came across as a bit of an enigma. Even though the author kept telling us Andrew was attracted to him, I never got it, I never “felt” the attraction. It was just words. So their romance, when it happened, was every bit as awkward or ok, sort of creepy in my opinion because I felt the author never laid down any solid foundation for their attraction or relationship. It was more telling, less letting the readers feel it. At least that’s how it came across to me.
You may feel completely different.
Its a short story. Just 52 pages that fly by. So check it out for yourself. You may think it works and like the May/December romance. For me, I remain disappointed in a story I was really looking forward to.
Cover art by Bree Archer is quite wonderful, for the story and characters.
ebook, 52 pages
Published July 23rd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634770617 (ISBN13: 9781634770613)