Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Eddie Gonzalez and Darren Carter had a hot college romance, which derailed when they graduated and went in different directions. But now they’re both on South Beach, both trying to start gourmet tea businesses. A venture capitalist forces them to collaborate–but will the sexual tension between them heat up–or send their venture down in flames?
Neil Plakcy’s Mahu series is a favorite of mine. His command of the local cultures and colloquialisms combined with strong characters and love of the island history has made that such a stunning series. Some of those strengths are on display here.
The things that I enjoyed about Love on the Boil are things that I enjoyed in other books Plakcy has written. The Miami locations, the Cuban neighborhoods, Eddie’s large family and Darren’s troubled relationship with his father. The Ohio bottling plant with it’s hispanic manager and workers, all these elements were so carefully and vividly brought to life. This author has always handled those varied cultural aspects of the story so well.
Also thoroughly enjoyable? All the information about the teas, whether in the cocktails or business side. That was fascinating. But really, less fun was the main couple at the heart of the story. That would be Eddie and Darren.
Unfortunately, I found them to be mostly irritating. Eddie starts off as an uncommunicative jerk and stays that way. Darren is a close second. Sex seems to come first with them, their businesses second and third for all their posturing. They don’t trust each other after reconnecting, yet they throw their businesses together, move in etc. There is a boyfriend on Darren’s side that throws the story into a whole “icky” side street. And on top of all that, an entrepreneur who “magically” agrees to fund them, not one but twice, not based on a sound business plan but a romance? After being an acute businessman for the majority of the story? There was nothing to account for such an about face.
Balancing the good with the bad because there were things I did sort of like about each characters separately (not together mind you), and elements that swirled about them, the rating averaged into a 3 star rating. It will also send me back into the Mahu series for a refresher in Kimo and Mike.
Cover Artist:GD Leigh’s design is sexy and yet not really relevant to the story.
ebook, 216 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Loose Id
SeriesLove on… #5