Author: Remmy Duchene
Cover Artist: Carmen Waters
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Ever since he was a child, Steven Aristidis knew he had some very complex feelings for the much older Timothy Clayborn. To keep these feelings under wraps, he left Castledowns. Years later, he is an ex military officer turned stripper. Life hasn’t been kind to him, and he’s so over fighting back. He settles into his mundane existence doing what he can to pay the bills. When he walks into his change room and sees Timothy Clayborn, he almost loses his mind. Then Timothy makes him an offer he wants to refuse but can’t.
Vice cop Timothy Clayborn hasn’t seen Steven since he was some lanky kid his father brought home a couple of times. Then all of a sudden, years later, cancer claims his father, who leaves instructions in his will that are confusing—find Steven Aristidis, take him to Greece, and ensure he fulfils a life-long dream. When Timothy finds Steven, it isn’t in a place he’d ever thought of. Can he handle the raw emotions that flare up instantly?
This one just did not work for me. I liked the premise. But based on the blurb, I was expecting this to be a slow romantic build up with relationship development. What I got was a story that was not a slow falling as the title states, but rather a rushed tale of lust turns to love with gaps as to why the the transition ever took place. Yes, the MCs slowly got to the point of admitting love out loud to each other, but they both “fell” immediately after the sex started.
The sex itself was a bit awkward for me. It went from overly sweet filled with “darling” this and “sweetheart” that, to rimming in a public place and teasing about kink, then back to over the top tender with “dreamy sighs” and then on to spanking and riding each other into oblivion. I could never get a handle on the tone of this relationship. This was not what I was expecting from the blurb.
There were some very nice, tender moments in the story. I liked the Greek couple and how accepting they were of Steven and Timothy’s relationship, and their advice was amazing. I liked the little glimpses into Greek culture and the scenery. I would have like more of both. I also liked the post mortem matchmaking from Timothy’s father. It added a bit of the surreal to the story. Also, I did enjoy Timothy’s interactions with Meredith. She interjected a bit of humor and fun into the story and added another dimension to Timothy’s character.
However, I also have to say I was saddened by the poor proofreading and content editing. There were times when it distracted me from the story. And since I was already frustrated with the story itself, the errors just made it even harder for me to enjoy the book.
I think the plot had potential. I think with a bit better editing and some additional word count, this could be a well done romantic story.
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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