Author: T.S. Morgan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 2.25 of 5 Stars
To fulfill his grandfather’s final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can’t leave Scotland without knowing he’s all right. Neither man expected a love story from the past to ignite a new one in the present.
As the blurb says, this story is about two couples, one from the past—two men, torn apart by life-changing events—and one from the present (sort of, it’s set in the 1980’s), the grandsons of the first couple, brought together by chance and happenstance. Actually a promising setup, but the execution left me somewhat underwhelmed.
It’s not as if I actually hated the story; it was generally well-written and as I said, the basic idea was good. I liked both Jamie and Barclay—they’re obviously a good match—and I found their grandfathers’ fates touching.
But the story as a whole seemed sketchy to me, like the outline for a longer work, with a narrative that was all telling, no showing. The characters remained distant. I actually felt more of a connection to the tragically separated grandfathers than to the present-day couple, TJ and Jamie. Many important things are dealt with off page or just stated as “that’s how it is”, so to speak; even the sex scenes are fade to black at best.
Moreover, this story contained one of the most far-fetched cases of insta-love double GFY I’ve ever read, and the ending seemed contrived and too saccharine.
Overall, I’m afraid I can’t in good faith fully recommend this 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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