Theo Fenraven is one of my favorite authors. I was extremely pleased to find that this title was being published and am honored to have the opportunity to review it.
Title: Lavender Rose
Author: Theo Fenraven
Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press
Cover Artist: Theo Fenraven
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Precipitated by an unexpected encounter with another man, Malcolm Hale flees a marriage that no longer fits and a soul-sucking job he hates. When his car breaks down near Naples, Florida, he stumbles onto the grounds of the luxury gay resort, Lavender Rose, asking for help. The concierge, Tristan Bellers, takes one look at him and offers him a job. With bridges burned behind him and nothing to look forward to, Mal accepts and becomes immersed in a seductive, private world of beautiful men and tantalizing sexuality. But even as Mal tries to work out where he belongs, and with whom, a hurricane approaches, threatening destruction… and death. A killer has been waiting for an opportunity, and the time to strike has arrived.
After he is discovered kissing another man, Malcolm finds himself jobless, wifeless, and stranded alone in Naples, Florida where he discovers an unexpected answer to his troubles: a gay resort called Lavender Rose. Manager Tristan hires him on the spot as his assistant, and the two begin a love affair as Malcolm tries to figure out his sexuality. However, danger is lurking nearby, and it’s not just the hurricane that is bearing down upon the resort.
I have had the pleasure of reading everything Theo Fenraven has published over a variety of genres, and I can honestly say that Lavender Rose is my favorite so far. It is aptly named, both for its setting and for the tender, sweet love story that it is. True to his clean, classic style, Mr. Fenraven has penned a novella that is a fully developed story with engaging, fleshed-out characters. It is well paced with a few twists thrown in, and the chilling climax is an excellent contrast to the rest of the story’s romantic warmth.
I found the characters in this story most captivating. Malcolm and Tristan work well together, as Malcolm searches for truths within himself under Tristan’s gentle guidance. Despite its length, the story allows both characters to be revealed in their own time, and Malcolm’s internal struggle and resulting growth are believable and satisfying.
Tristan is a particularly striking character, out-and-proud and somewhat of a force of nature. His confidence and colorful manner take center stage, yet as the story progresses, vulnerabilities come to light that make him even more endearing. The pragmatic bluntness he displayed in the bedroom was refreshing and quite entertaining, as was his spirited dialogue that had me grinning in countless instances as I read.
I highly recommend Lavender Rose. Not only is it a beautiful m/m romance, it is a lovely little sojourn into the human heart. I look forward to reading Theo Fenraven’s future works, as I can always count on him to provide me with a story that is unique, skillfully written, and satisfying.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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