Author: Vicky Heysham
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Established TV personality Daniel Josephs only agrees to take part in a reality dancing show in London to lose weight. Single, successful, and (mostly) sorted, he’s already happy, even if he secretly wishes his love life was as rewarding as his professional one. Young athlete Will Smith, who gave up the earldom he inherited to pursue Olympic dreams, is far from happy—not to mention not interested in someone as old as Daniel. But when Will’s past catches up with him, it’s Daniel who helps him piece his life back together.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
This book was really hard for me to rate. While I enjoyed it, there were a lot of things that didn’t work in my opinion. In the end, I settled on 3 star rating since this story was very middle of the road for me.
The story was short and sweet. The main characters were two people from two totally different worlds who come together to be part of a dancing reality show. (Think Dancing with the Stars) Daniel was a portly TV host and Will was a professional rower.
I had a hard time connecting to the characters. Will was a major dick. In fact, every time Daniel tried to speak to him, Will had a little temper tantrum which made him look even shallower. The author tried to give him a sort of tragic backstory, but in the end, it just came off as “woe is me! I’m a mistreated rich kid!” More than once I wanted to slap him and tell him to grow the fuck up.
In the beginning, Will spoke in perfect, proper English, making him sound more like a clichéd TV character. Then suddenly, his speech pattern changed. At one point he says to Daniel, “What you watching?” I couldn’t tell if that was on purpose or if it was a typo.
Initially, I liked Daniel. He was a kind, portly, older fellow. It was refreshing to see a main character who wasn’t cover model gorgeous. By the end of the story, he became a perfectly fit man who could be a model. You completely lose that little bit of normality, since his personality becomes clichéd and saccharine. Despite Will being an undeserving prick, Daniel’s overly kind and goes out of his way for the man.
And yet, somehow these two completely incompatible characters end up together. They weren’t nearly fleshed out enough to have fallen in love, much less that quickly. There wasn’t any instant chemistry, so I expected them to have to work toward a relationship. Except they just kind of fell in love and lived happily ever after.
The story would’ve been a lot better if the characters had had more depth and the story had been longer. Mechanically, it was well written and it flowed great. I just wish Will wasn’t such a prick and Daniel wasn’t such a pushover. Being able to connect to the MCs would’ve gone a long way to helping me feel the chemistry that should have been present between the two men.
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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