Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Surf and sand, beach and bar-tending, and practicing Taoism are the important things in Jeremy Ringer’s life. Until a death in the family sends him across the state, and he realizes that it’s not enough. By trusting the wrong people, he is pushed toward sexy police specialist, Oliver Mendosa.
Ollie Mendosa is only interested in one thing, the new police app he’s developing. That is until he meets a victim of crime, surfer-boy, Jeremy Ringer. When his protective nature is brought out in full force, he can’t resist the temptation of a summer fling.
Is it possible for these two men, from such different worlds, to overcome their differences and fears in order to find the love they both desire?
My first and final thoughts on Time for Love by Lynn Michaels is that it’s a sweet contemporary romance. I enjoyed reading it and thought the story flew by pretty quickly. The ending? Just what I could have hoped for.
I think several things here keeps me from the total enjoyment and immersion that most people are going to experience when diving into this story. It’s a slow burn sort of romance with Ollie Mendosa and Jeremy Ringer sort of fighting an attraction neither man thinks is going to last over a long distance. That I thought was realistic.
Even the characterizations were solid and well done. Jeremy with his belief in Taoism and home on the Gult, Ollie with his Ap and job career. I think its their relationship that is the issue for me here. I didn’t buy into it 100 percent, not the almost instant love or the chemistry between their personalities. And I think that’s key as it how you will feel about the story.
I guess Jeremy was just a tad problematic for me , so laid back that he lends things out to people he’s barely met in the name of Taoism, What saves this is that later on he acknowledges the fact that perhaps, thinking a “mere acquaintance” was a friend was cover for another overlying issue. Props as they say for addressing that and other elements in Jeremy’s personality. I certainly liked him more after that. There’s many things lurking here for Jeremy…father issues, abandonment, reconnecting with family once more (loved his cousins), that this book could have easily been double in size on the strength of this thread alone.
But then he wouldn’t have met Ollie. Too bad the whole thieves thing is the weakest part of the storyline including the characters.
But its there to bring these men together and cause a lot of drama. In the end, its best to concentrate on the romance and the ending. Both of which are still very sweet.
Cover art: Jay Aheer. It’s a lovely cover, full of the beach, and a gorgeous model. Just not sure that’s Jeremy.
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Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published August 20th 2018 by Rubicon Fiction