Author: Kevin Klehr
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Wild City Press
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/09/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Cameron has it all. He’s rich, lives in Manhattan, and even has a cross-dressing butler. But then he meets Nate, an Australian who’s bitter about love. Cameron is determined to turn this realist into a dreamer by sharing his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows and fabulous parties. And while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn that in order to open his heart, he has to face a painful secret.
This is a light-hearted romance, with a little twist of a dark streak in it. Australian Nathan Jones is on the last day of a whirlwind European trip with his best friends Ben and Lucy, and he meets a handsome, mysterious New Yorker, Cameron Charlton. They do nothing more than kiss on that first night—on the Charles Bridge in Prague, a place I know well—before Cameron is whisked away by his butler, Roger.
What this story is really about is twenty-something Nate moving on with his life. We don’t quite know this at first because of the way Klehr has cleverly written the tale. Cameron’s mysterious wealth is both an attraction and a problem that seems to get in the way of Nate’s genuine attraction. Cameron’s insouciance makes him hard to take seriously (both for the reader and for Nate). And then there’s Elliott, Nate’s ex. The rather charming idea of this prince-and-the-pauper story is hampered by the author’s somewhat helter-skelter narrative style, which I feel could have been polished by a good tough editor. There is a lot of magic in Klehr’s manner, but a parallel lack of discipline. In my reviews of Kevin Klehr’s other books (Drama Queens with Love Scenes; Drama Queens and Adult Themes) I noted the author’s quirky writing style, and also the sometimes haphazard editing quality. Both of those are very much present here, and I have to say I think they diminish the impact of the book.
Because, in the end, I think this is a lovely story, and one that could have been a real punch in the gut with proper care and feeding (i.e. editing). My three stars mean that I genuinely liked it and enjoyed it. It made me cry at least once; but also that it could have been more. The raw materials are all here…it’s just a bit too raw.
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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