Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Can you get more than one true love in a lifetime?
Three years after his husband’s death, Vitor is still grieving. Too young to be alone and too old to start again, he feels stuck. Accepting a new job in Lisbon is just what he needs, but it also means going back to the city that sealed his fate nearly thirty years ago.
Between looking for his missing brother and running an LGBTQ Youth Center, Tiago doesn’t have time for dating or commitment. When his best friend asks him to find a family member that ran away years ago, Tiago welcomes the distraction.
A past full of secrets.
An anonymous kiss that turns their world upside down.
When past and present clash, will the two men put everything aside and give themselves a chance at happiness? Or are the things keeping them apart stronger than the feelings keeping them together?
I have been a huge fan of Ana Newfolk’s Made In stories from the first novel in the series. That would be Made In New York which launched the series and introduced us to this amazing cast of characters that exist in Lisbon and NYC, intimately connected by families and two LGBTQIA youth centers. While each story has at its center one couple, other of the characters appear, adding their support and pieces of their history to this rich tapestry of this series universe. One that only grows more culturally vivid and heartwarming with each new addition and romance.
There have been many unifying storylines running through this series but none that has been no mystifying or has potentially heartbreaking as the mystery of what happened to Uncle Mario’s younger brother,Vítor who disappeared after a beating and was never seen again. Vitor had been so young and gay back in Lisbon at a time when it was not readily accepted. Now Tiago has been asked to look for him by his family, to see if anyone could find out what happened to him.
Family beatings, especially of gay young men is a recurring element here and it echoes through character after character. Family issues, acceptance, rejection, a huge emotional bundle that gets examined through character after character realistically and often with great pain.
A mirror action to looking to Vitor is Tiago looking for his younger brother, who is also missing due to parental abuse. Tiago is loaded down with issues with he meets a man he’s immediately attracted to. The man is older but gorgeous, kind, and compelling. Everything Tiago needs in his life at the moment to help ground him.
While Tiago is dealing with his memories of his brother and the responsibilities to the youth center in Lisbon, this “man” has his own issues as well to work through.
A widower who has been dealt a shock by a recent revelation about his husband, he is trying to move forward with his life, a wounded and bereaved son who’s redrawn from hin and now a new attraction to a young man he’s just met.
Between a complicated romance that starts to unfold, we have a wealth of storylines about fathers and sons (good and bad), family dynamics that change over the decades, and just layers of hurt/comfort and forgiveness that not only feels real but will have you in tears.
If anything there is an embarrassment of riches here in what stories the author wants to tell. Tiango”s brother needs his own story its that compelling and haunting.
There is at the end, a marvelous resolution to make you want to sing.
All of it beautifully located once more in Lisbon and surrounding areas. As much as I love the NYC books, my heart lies here in Lisboa. Yours will too.
The Made In stories are beautifully written, full of heart, and great romances. I recommend them all highly. But I disagree that they are standalones and feel they should be read in the order they were written to get the full experience and understand all the character relationships and connected histories.
Cover Artist: Rhys Athanasiadis-Lawrence, Ethereal Ealain Love that cover. Vitor all over.
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Made In Lisbon is May-December MM romance with hurt/comfort themes, lots of steam and a HEA.
Made In Lisbon can be read as a standalone but will be better enjoyed as part of the Made In Series as characters and stories from previous books appear in this story.
Series reading order:
Made In New York – Book 1 (Max and Isaac)
Made In Portugal – Book 2 (Joel and David)
Made In Paris – Book 3 (Dorian and Jean-Paul)
Made In Manhattan – Book 4 (Max and Isaac)
Made In Lisbon – Book 5 (Vítor and Tiago)
Made In Love – Coming Autumn 2019