Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/09/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
After growing up in a rough part of town, George Maguire worked his way out of Manchester and to a career as a design engineer. Alexander van Amsberg, an architecture student at the University of Edinburgh, wasn’t the sort of guy he normally had explosive, hotel-room one-night-stands with. Alex was charming, classy, and, as George later learns, Prince of the Netherlands.
Fate brings them together again, and Alex makes sure to get his sexy stranger’s phone number this time. Despite all the reasons why they shouldn’t work, something clicks, and Alex thinks that this time, he might have found the right guy. But Alex’s aristocratic ex stirs up trouble in the press for George and his humble family, and Alex realizes he has to get real about having a boyfriend from the wrong side of town.
While George acknowledges his modest upbringing, he doesn’t let anyone insult his family. Life’s no fairy tale, and regardless of his royal title, Alex might destroy his one chance for happily ever after.
I found this a somewhat baffling book, it started so well. Alex and George hook up casually then individually realize that there could be more between them. Alex is out, proud and privileged; George is vaguely closeted and still lives like a student . The opposites attract element of the story is well done, here are two people who should not work, but do- they both struggle with their issues, but they talk to each other certainly during the first 55% of the book.
Alex’s friend Doug, a great character, takes George under his wing and initiates him into elements of queer history and bathhouses. This was really well done, and unusual to read, and I wanted to see more of Georges awakening.
But the book then becomes a very linear depiction of Alex and George’s relationship, not without a massive dollop of warmth -care of George’s family, but lacking in any kind of tension really.
Some of the British references may be lost on non Brits, such as George buying his tux from Asda, but for me they lifted the book, and some of the writing is really lovely as well.
Overall I enjoyed this, but it would have benefited from being tightened up a little, and also should have decided whether to use ass or arse and stuck to one or the other.
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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