I have never read anything by Sage Marlowe before, but when I read the blurb for this one, I couldn’t resist. I am always drawn to a story where the main characters have to work for love just like the rest of us.
Title: Strawberries & Cream (Hotel Cupid #1)
Author: Sage Marlowe
Publisher: Me and the Muse Publishing
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
“The gift of love is not always an easy one to accept, but it is a gift, and it should be accepted with appreciation.”
When efficient, self-controlled business man Ross bumps into a stranger on a crowded platform one morning, he doesn’t know that Cupid has been pulling the strings. And yet, he follows the leads to flamboyant Sebastian who, for all his outward flippancy, hides a shy and sensitive soul. Despite their opposing personalities and lifestyles, they become lovers, but Ross never quite manages to overcome the one thing that keeps him from fully accepting Sebastian—and his own past.
One day, a trip leads them to a secluded hotel on the coast of Scotland. With a little help from Aengus, the hotel’s kind but mysterious owner and his liquid happiness, Ross and Sebastian make another attempt at building a bridge—a bridge they will hopefully be able to cross together, hand in hand.
Reader advisory: This book is a gay erotic romance novella with paranormal elements. It contains sexually explicit content and is suitable for adult readers only. This is the first book in the series.
I really enjoyed this novella. Strawberries & Cream is the first in Sage marlowe’s new Hotel Cupid series. It is a story of two very different men who are struggling to make their relationship work. They are fighting constantly and not communicating effectively. On the way to visit Ross’ family, Ross and Sebastian are slowed down by bad weather and decide to stay the night in a “castle” hotel they find along the way. Here they are met by the hotel owner Aengus, who proceeds to show them what they are missing in their relationship. It is at this point that the reader sees that Ross and Sebastian aren’t so different as they first appear.
I love a great story where the romance is realistic. Very rarely in our world does “love at first sight” last past the honeymoon stage. This story shows that real love take hard work and honesty from both parties. It was well written and well developed. It may be short, but the character growth is well done.
What really appealed to me about this story was the totally unforeseen plot twist and great setup for more of the series. Once Ross and Sebastian make it to Ross’ parent’s house, they learn the history of the hotel and its owner. The plot twist at the end is right out of the twilight zone and I cannot wait for more of this series to see how the author will build on this hotel idea.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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