Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/15/2011
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
When Michael accepts a company assignment overseas, he doesn’t count on being dumped by his boyfriend on the way to the airport. The breakup is a bad omen–Michael’s time in Europe would be one long misery of loneliness and corporate backbiting if it weren’t for his friendship with his coworker, Stephan.
When he finds out Stephan wants more than friendship, Michael is torn. Even if he chooses to risk his one bright relationship in Europe for a chance at love, when this project is over, isn’t his only choice to say goodbye?
Dutch Treat is one of the oldest unread Andrew Grey books on my TBR. It was published in 2011 and has been on my TBR since early in 2012. It is also one of my favorite Andrew Grey books to date.
Andrew Grey novels rarely get more than 4* reviews from me. They are good comfort reads, but they often lack the emotional connection that I require to push them above the 4* range for me. That is a personal thing. If I am not emotionally invested, I don’t give that last star or even part of it. Dutch Treat is the first Grey novel in quite some time to earn above 4* from me.
Stephen and Michael are an interesting couple. They are also both interesting, well-rounded characters individually. They both have demons to fight and obstacles to overcome. It is an Andrew Grey novel, so we know they will have a Happily Ever After, but how that HEA will be accomplished leaves us guessing for most of the book.
There are a few possible outcomes from which to choose. I appreciated that I didn’t know by the second chapter how the rest of the book would proceed. I was given time to care truly about both Stephen and Michael. I was able to see little moments between them that made their relationship feel organic and sweet.
Yes, there are heat and sparks between them. Additionally, the slight D/s dynamic between them adds a little interest to their bedroom antics. I would have like to have known a little more about Stephen’s past relationship and the scars it caused on his psyche. It was obviously abusive, but it was mostly whitewashed.
Andrew Grey remains one of my most read authors in the M/M genre. It is books like Dutch Treat that made me fall in love with his writing to begin with.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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