Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Sometimes you have to start over to get love right.
Luke Ryan’s life is too chaotic for romance, what with running his business and being the legal guardian to his ten-year-old niece, but he’s hopeful he’ll find the right man.
Trauma surgeon Finn Thomason recently relocated from Chicago to Boston, where his focus on medicine leaves him little space for a personal life. Making a commitment to find a better work-life balance, Finn hopes he’ll also find a relationship.
Caught in an evening rainstorm, Luke shelters under a sidewalk awning…and encounters a handsome stranger. The two strike up a conversation and Finn offers to walk Luke under his oversized umbrella. Charmed, Luke accepts and asks Finn out for coffee in thanks.
Luke and Finn quickly grow close, but, as the summer draws to an end, Luke struggles to keep his connection with Finn while Finn tries to come to terms with caring for a man whose attention is pulled in many directions. Both men are scrambling to get it right, but only time will tell if they’ll learn there is more than enough room in their hearts to go around.
This is definitely a character driven story. There is no great misunderstanding that could have been solved with a short conversation between the two MC, no angst for angst sake, no random plot lines to make the story move. Instead, what we get is Luke and Finn, two adult men who have busy schedules and busy lives who interact as, well, adult men. Add in that Luke is raising his ten-year-old niece, Ella, and it’s even more real life complicated. Finn’s job as a trauma surgeon leaves little time for a social life and a lot of that limited time he’s tired. These two are facing a lot of the issues most of us face in the real world.
I have to take a minute to talk about Ella. She’s been abandoned by her mother and moved from her hometown to live with uncle Luke and her dad. Since dad is in the military and is deployed for long stretches, she has uncle Luke. Ellie talks and thinks like a ten-year-old, not like a mini-adult. Her fears about being forgotten or overlooked felt true and her bad jokes did as well. I liked Ellie very much.
I really appreciated how they wanted to make sure of themselves before getting Ella involved. “I’ve never dated a man with a child before, and I’m not exactly sure how. I’d really love to get to know you, Luke, before we start pulling in family.” That seemed such a mature thing and so often we don’t get that in books. I did roll my eyes that Finn felt all put out that Luke hadn’t yet told him about Ella on their first real date. They shared one face to face conversation under an umbrella, how much time was there!
We also get to meet some awesome side characters. Simon and Gillie, Luke’s business partners, are great friends (Pickle, adorable) and they have his back. Same goes for Paul and Mick with Finn.
These guys have to work for their relationship and how to make everything fit. There is a little bit of an issue towards the end but this also is solved with maturity. I liked this a lot as a well written story that could happen to anyone.
Cover art showing Finn and Luke in the rain under the umbrella is absolutely adorable and perfectly fits this book.
ebook, 262 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Pride Publishing
SeriesBoston Seasons #1