Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Kiwi Nathaniel Dunn is in a fighting mood, but how does a man fight Wellington’s famous fog? In the last year, Nate’s lost his longtime lover to boredom and his ten-year job to the economy. Now he’s found a golden opportunity for employment where he can even use his artistic talent, but to get the job, he has to get to Christchurch today. Heavy fog means no flight, and the ticket agent is ignoring him to fawn over a beautiful but annoying, overly polite American man.
Rusty Beaumont can deal with a canceled flight, but the pushy Kiwi at the ticket counter is making it difficult for him to stay cool. The guy rubs him all the wrong ways despite his sexy working-man look, which Rusty notices even though he’s not looking for a man to replace the fiancé who died two years ago. Yet when they’re forced to share a table at the crowded airport café, Nate reveals the kind heart behind his grumpy façade. An earthquake, sex in the bush, and visits from Nate’s belligerent ex turn a day of sightseeing into a slippery slope that just might land them in love.
So many things about this book pulled me to it from the authors and that gorgeous cover to that idea of people meeting in an airport and making a special connection. Yes, I know….but overdone or not, the idea is magic and possible. Here the location, takes it that next step further. The story is located in Wellington, New Zealand so the authors take advantage of the many incredible sights including the Orongorongos during a camping sequence and the coast. We even get a small taste of an earthquake. But mostly we get two men making a personal exploration of each other, physically, mentally and emotionally.
And something like that can be wearing at times. Mind you this is a quick trip for one and a unfortunate delay for the other. And Nate comes off pretty awful at times in this story, argumentative and irritating. Sometimes Rusty is right behind him. Each time they work through their various issues, which is nicely adult of them no matter they are strangers strongly attracted to one another. Both Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell write great characters and I see that both in Rusty and Nate. One man is still grieving the loss of his husband, the other trying to recover from a bad relationship; not the best foundation when meeting someone you find hugely attractive with a limited timeframe. So there is a lot of talking, stress, working things through internally and out. The story is told from both points of view and third person, necessary to get everything in the authors are trying to accomplish. However, when you are trying to do that in only 129 pages you might not be giving yourself (and the men) the time needed to let the reader in and really get to know these men and take them to heart. One aspect I adored? The fact that the men acknowledged they felt “something” more, maybe not love exactly, but something strong enough that they wanted to explore it further. I liked that realism and appreciated it. That was another factor that elevated this story for me.
I have to admit one of my favorite things about this story was the ending before the epilogue. It takes place in the airport. It has the right last minute romantic touch I just love in a story. Perfectly done! The Epilogue was even better. Still I wished for more length, more time spent with both men to get to know a bit more about them, their histories and maybe a little less of Nate “going off”. But this is a lovely romance, sweet and heartwarming with a great location. I definitely recommend Sunset at Pencarrow (World of Love) by Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell.
Cover Artist: Reese Dante. What a gorgeous cover. Caught my eye and kept it there, romantic and pertinent to the story.
ebook, 129 pages
Expected publication: June 7th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Series World of Love setting New Zealand
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.