Author: Felicitas Ivey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
After living hard in the big city, Paavo settles down in the country with a bakery and his cat. He tutors the local college students, and life is good. Chinese exchange student Xue needs a little more help than some, and Paavo motivates Xue with the promise of a dance if he passes his lit class. Xue is smart and funny, and Paavo wouldn’t mind getting to know him better, even with the age difference. But he doesn’t know if Xue is interested or even gay.
Maybe the dance they’re both looking forward to will make the feelings between them clear.
This how you write a short story! Too many times short stories have to sacrifice plot for character or vice versa. It’s difficult to do both with so few words. But this story pulled it off. Very quickly into the story I understood the characters, Paavo and Xue, and their motivations. Not only that, I also fell in love with them.
Paavo runs a bakery after years working in the stock market and he likes his simpler life. Xue is a college student who Paavo has tutored. They’ve fallen in love with each other, but neither one has admitted it.
Xue, an Asian without a perfect grasp of the English language, finally goes for it and tells Paavo he wants him. Paavo is worried by the 16 year age gap, but doesn’t let it stop him.
It was great to see an Asian character who wasn’t a cliché filled stereotype. Yeah, he didn’t use perfect English and occasionally slipped into his native language, The communication gap between Xue and Paavo was used for humorous and romantic effect. It was great when Xue was so overwhelmed by Paavo’s sexual ministrations that he couldn’t speak English.
The author did an incredible job telling the story in so few words.
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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