Because of Roses by Richard May ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl with Giveaway

BecauseofRosesLGTitle: Because of Roses

Author: Richard May

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/01/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


After the death of his longtime partner, American attorney Dan Evans is reassigned to his firm’s London office. It’s a change his life sorely needs. While admiring roses in a small village in the Cotswolds, Dan meets Martin Saint John. Martin, still fit and attractive at seventy, has also lost his partner, and now spends his time growing roses, meeting friends in the pub, and going to church on Sundays, content with his quiet life. Roses and tea progress to spending weekends together exploring the countryside, but the differences between Dan and Martin go beyond the fifteen year age gap. If they can open their hearts and accept love—instead of accepting its absence—they might find a second chance at happiness. All because of roses.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”

My View:

I was weary of picking this one up at first because the blurb promised older men as part of this story. As a thirty something I don’t identify with the 50-70 something age group, but then I thought to myself, why not give it a try. I might learn something new. So I picked this one up not knowing what to expect.

This story was what I would classify as an oxymoron. It was tense yet patient. It was full of sexual promise, yet slow and peaceful. Daniel was full of tension as he grew closer to Martin, wanting things to move forward quickly. Yet Martin was patient and peaceful in his courting of Daniel.

I liked it. It was different than the romances between the folks my age, with sex being such a motivating factor. This one was focused on sex, but Martin showed Daniel that patience and companionship were just as important. But Daniel also showed Martin the benefit of two mature people getting together. They could easily skip the long drawn out courting as they are both established and know what they want in life.

This was short, but well constructed. As I said before, I was not sure of what to expect as the MCs were significantly older than I am, but the story made it so that did not matter to me.


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6 thoughts on “Because of Roses by Richard May ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl with Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the great review. I have to admit I saw this one and was worried about the age too. No, I’m ready to read it. Thank you for the chance.

  2. I never read a book where one of the main characters was over 70 so that should be a new experience. I do love the blurb and your (re)view of the book so i will put it on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance of winning an e copy.

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