The next generation of Cat Grant’s Courtland books begins …
Author: Cat Grant
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
For all the Courtland fans clamoring for the next generation…
Cold and sick, Seth Thompson must fight through a snowstorm to get home. Seth’s unconventional upbringing taught him to always reach out to strangers in need, and Iranian engineering student Bilal al-Mansoori is no exception. Being trapped together leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a feverishly hot night under the covers.
But Bilal needs more than simply a rescue from the weather—he’s trapped under lifetime of cultural pressures. His strict Muslim father and fellow Iranian students have no clue about his inner torment. His attraction to Seth isn’t a welcome discovery—instead he’s trapped between the existence he’s always known and the prospect of living and loving openly for the first time in his life.
(Note: This story stands-alone—no need to have read the prior Courtland books.)
In all fairness, I have not read Cat Grant’s other Courtland books, but as the blub clearly states, In From The Cold: A Courtland Novella is a story that can easily be read as a stand alone book …
Seth is the son of parents in a long term MMF relationship, so he is totally comfortable with being gay himself. He is away at college and catches a flu-like bug and goes to student health. There he meets equally sick Bilal, an Iranian student. They briefly chat, and Seth is later surprised to find Bilal collapsed sitting on a bench out in the cold night. He half drags the sick man home with him, and they convalesce together during an ensuing snow storm.
I quite like the story of how Seth and Bilal meet and tentatively begin their friendship. Bilal is extremely closeted, and fears discovery by his family and the Iranian government will result in losing the opportunity to attend college, or even more dire consequences. Seth is sweet to inexperienced Bilal, and it’s lovely how Bilal soaks up Seth’s attention and realizes that he truly is gay – and that being gay isn’t necessarily an awful thing. I also enjoy how the progression of their relationship has a natural feel to it – it isn’t artificially sexualized or rushed, which would not be authentic for the characters.
However, the story ends far too abruptly – the author does include a note following the story’s end alluding to future Courtland stories including Seth and Bilal, but this story is quickly summed up leaving me somewhat dissatisfied. Also, Bilal makes a life decision at the end of the story with confusing ease, especially when considering his extreme anxiety and fears about his family and the Iranian government discovering that he is gay.
Overall, if you are already a fan of Cat Grant’s Courtland stories, then In From The Cold: A Courtland Novella is a must read. If you are new to this author, this is a good novella to read as an introduction to her romantic writing style, and her endearing and interesting characters.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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