When I think of “bucket lists” I usually think of someone who has been diagnosed as terminal, and looking to live life to the fullest before time runs out. That is why I was intrigued by the title, I really wondered how a gay romance could be worked into this theme.
Author: Douglas Black
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
When Kade Doherty gets dumped, he expects sympathy from his friends. Instead, he gets a bucket list. His friends want to help him enjoy life again, but Kade isn’t convinced a list of outlandish leisure pursuits will help much with that. To keep the peace he goes along with the plan and in the process, he meets Blake. Blake’s Australian accent and surfer-boy looks are the stuff of sexual fantasies and Kade surprises everyone – including himself – when he wastes no time making a move.
Kade goes with Blake into the Scottish highlands, but just as he is beginning to get used to life with his very own Mr. Australia, reality comes knocking. Kade’s newfound happiness falls apart when his abusive ex demands they meet. Blake senses something is wrong and he wants to help, but Kade knows he can’t confide in Blake.
After all, Kade hasn’t exactly been honest. He might feel like a different man when he’s with Blake, but Kade knows he’s still just an accountant from Glasgow with slight obsessive compulsions and a bucket list that someone else wrote. He knows Blake won’t hang around, let alone help, when he finds out the truth.
Or will he?
The “bucket list” in this story is a symbolic one, not a literal one. No one is about to die and try and live out a list of adventures. Instead, this bucket list is a healing process to help a brokenhearted man come back from being dumped by his longtime ex.
Kade and Blake are a charming couple. Kade is suffering from more than just a broken heart. He has a serious case of missing self-esteem. Blake, on the other hand, is just what the doctor ordered to fix up a broken heart. He is a sexy, fun, adventurous Aussie ready to jump in and help Kade heal with some yummy loving. Okay, that is the perfect recipe for a comfort read right? An amazing backdrop, a brokenhearted man, and a handsome hero ready to jump in and save the day.
I loved the setting of this story! The author did an outstanding job of painting a picture with words. Of course it helped that it took place somewhere amazing, with characters who were rather interesting, and a bit of drama with an ex boyfriend stirring things up.
I think that the only complaint I have about this book is that it ended too quickly. I would have loved to have read an epilogue to make it feel more complete. I dunno, maybe that’s a good thing, to leave a reader wanting more? In this case it was not. I feel that a comfort read (which I found this story to feel like) needs a really satisfying ending to complete the whole experience. I enjoy seeing my romance heroes hearts’ tortured a bit before wrapping them in a satisfying ending and a strong HEA, but that’s just me. Douglas Black chose to make this a short story and that made it really easy to read. I was entertained enough to want it to continue and spend more time with these two intriguing men.
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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