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***OUT OF PRINT*** Tony is newly single, lonely, and stuck in the past. When he grabs a late-night meal at an old haunt, his trip down memory lane is derailed by gorgeous waiter Josh. Tony finds a fresh start with the twenty-one-year-old, but worries chasing a man half his age will lead to heartache. It’s hard to resist when Josh intrigues Tony on an intellectual level—and ***OUT OF PRINT*** Tony is newly single, lonely, and stuck in the past. When he grabs a late-night meal at an old haunt, his trip down memory lane is derailed by gorgeous waiter Josh. Tony finds a fresh start with the twenty-one-year-old, but worries chasing a man half his age will lead to heartache. It’s hard to resist when Josh intrigues Tony on an intellectual level—and fires the landscaper’s libido hotter than the Arizona desert they call home. Josh has goals. Digital design student by day, he waits tables at night, but his true dream is to paint. When he falls for Tony, he starts to rethink his plans and how the sexy older man might fit into them. But Tony’s recovering from a failed relationship, one that lasted nearly as long as Josh has been alive, and Josh must prove that in spite of age and inexperience, his feelings are sincere. As the desert nights heat up, Tony and Josh explore possibilities both in and out of the bedroom, but when each man faces a difficult choice, they must decide on the future. Whether that future is together, or separate, is a matter of reason versus the heart.


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***OUT OF PRINT*** Tony is newly single, lonely, and stuck in the past. When he grabs a late-night meal at an old haunt, his trip down memory lane is derailed by gorgeous waiter Josh. Tony finds a fresh start with the twenty-one-year-old, but worries chasing a man half his age will lead to heartache. It’s hard to resist when Josh intrigues Tony on an intellectual level—and ***OUT OF PRINT*** Tony is newly single, lonely, and stuck in the past. When he grabs a late-night meal at an old haunt, his trip down memory lane is derailed by gorgeous waiter Josh. Tony finds a fresh start with the twenty-one-year-old, but worries chasing a man half his age will lead to heartache. It’s hard to resist when Josh intrigues Tony on an intellectual level—and fires the landscaper’s libido hotter than the Arizona desert they call home. Josh has goals. Digital design student by day, he waits tables at night, but his true dream is to paint. When he falls for Tony, he starts to rethink his plans and how the sexy older man might fit into them. But Tony’s recovering from a failed relationship, one that lasted nearly as long as Josh has been alive, and Josh must prove that in spite of age and inexperience, his feelings are sincere. As the desert nights heat up, Tony and Josh explore possibilities both in and out of the bedroom, but when each man faces a difficult choice, they must decide on the future. Whether that future is together, or separate, is a matter of reason versus the heart.

30 review for Sonoran Heat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wren

    Wonderful romance between 45 year old Tony and 22 year old Josh. There's no great angst or action/adventure, no big misunderstanding. There is some conflict as Tony experiences some worries regarding the age difference and what life will be like in the future. But mostly we get to watch love grow. It's beautifully written, with descriptive settings that make you feel you're right there. Secondary characters are included with just enough presence to allow us to know them, but they don't overwhelm Wonderful romance between 45 year old Tony and 22 year old Josh. There's no great angst or action/adventure, no big misunderstanding. There is some conflict as Tony experiences some worries regarding the age difference and what life will be like in the future. But mostly we get to watch love grow. It's beautifully written, with descriptive settings that make you feel you're right there. Secondary characters are included with just enough presence to allow us to know them, but they don't overwhelm. A Feel Good book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.5 stars I don't think I can add anything substansial since there are already so many reviews that similar to my taking this story. Not a huge May/December romance but from the story, it is clear that the young artist, Josh (who is named for U2's album, Joshua Tree), has an old soul and more mature to his 21-years-old of age. That is why he feels comfortable to the older landscaper, Tony. It's wonderful, sweet (love the part where they go to the zoo or watching the sunrise/sunset), with no strong 3.5 stars I don't think I can add anything substansial since there are already so many reviews that similar to my taking this story. Not a huge May/December romance but from the story, it is clear that the young artist, Josh (who is named for U2's album, Joshua Tree), has an old soul and more mature to his 21-years-old of age. That is why he feels comfortable to the older landscaper, Tony. It's wonderful, sweet (love the part where they go to the zoo or watching the sunrise/sunset), with no strong conflict. Sure, there is argument later in the story that deals with their 20+ years difference, probably in attempt to make it a climax, but I don't feel it as intense. The two overcome their problem quite maturely. Good for them :). I wish them all happiness :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kassa

    I'm going to be lazy and say see the other reviews (specifically Jenre's and Val's). My reaction is a mixture of the two reviews. I love the lyrical writing and wonderful attention to a May/December romance. Strauss knows how to write a wonderful story and this is no exception. My only regret is that there isn't enough tension in the story. There is mild conflict due to the age difference, once again very well handled and to the point I didn't think there was a question they'd make up. So the st I'm going to be lazy and say see the other reviews (specifically Jenre's and Val's). My reaction is a mixture of the two reviews. I love the lyrical writing and wonderful attention to a May/December romance. Strauss knows how to write a wonderful story and this is no exception. My only regret is that there isn't enough tension in the story. There is mild conflict due to the age difference, once again very well handled and to the point I didn't think there was a question they'd make up. So the story is more a romantic look at two men who come together and develop their relationship. Easily recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Simsala

    Boring. - Usually I like may/december romances but Sonoran Heat wasn`t my thing.The age difference was the sole-conflict(the younger man has to be "much older" than 21,the older man "much younger" than 45 to make such a relationship work? - It bugged me to no end.) The characters were bland and the sex scenes were lame and mostly gratuitous. To be fair - according to other reviews for this book it`s apparently very much personal taste. Boring. - Usually I like may/december romances but Sonoran Heat wasn`t my thing.The age difference was the sole-conflict(the younger man has to be "much older" than 21,the older man "much younger" than 45 to make such a relationship work? - It bugged me to no end.) The characters were bland and the sex scenes were lame and mostly gratuitous. To be fair - according to other reviews for this book it`s apparently very much personal taste.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nichole (DirrtyH)

    4.5 stars This book is everything I love about m/m romance. A simple story with great characters who just want to be together. Well written, not overly shmaltzy or sugary, but very romantic and satisfying. The plot is understated and allows the characters and the romance to shine. Loved it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mandy*reads obsessively*

    This was a sweet, easy read. There was no real angst or conflict, except maybe the 20+ age difference between the two MC's, but that was dealt with well. I was in the mood for a nice, normal couple without too much drama, and this book fit the bill. This was a sweet, easy read. There was no real angst or conflict, except maybe the 20+ age difference between the two MC's, but that was dealt with well. I was in the mood for a nice, normal couple without too much drama, and this book fit the bill.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    This was a nice, well written story, not too much drama or conflict except for their age difference.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    For some reason this book'd stayed on my reader for almost a year before I started it and damn I'm now so sorry for the lost time :) Because it's amazing story! I'm a huge fan of age gap and here it was done absolutely beautiful, I think. Tony's insecurities and reflections were spot on and I really loved Josh - he seems exactly the type, who would be interested in long and serious relationship with the older man, Ms Strauss really nailed it. Also I'm not a fan of super angsty stories, so I for For some reason this book'd stayed on my reader for almost a year before I started it and damn I'm now so sorry for the lost time :) Because it's amazing story! I'm a huge fan of age gap and here it was done absolutely beautiful, I think. Tony's insecurities and reflections were spot on and I really loved Josh - he seems exactly the type, who would be interested in long and serious relationship with the older man, Ms Strauss really nailed it. Also I'm not a fan of super angsty stories, so I for one was happy that's not the case here. More like quiet and steady development and I liked it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen K

    I liked the concept of this book a lot - the slow build of the relationship and feelings, the simplicity of the sex scenes (still hot but not overly graphic or drawn out), the beautiful descriptions of the scenery. The characters were well outlined and I could picture them in my head soon after they appeared. I liked the older vs younger relationship, the baggage Tony was trying to get over and Josh's eager youthfulness. Great sweet read. I liked the concept of this book a lot - the slow build of the relationship and feelings, the simplicity of the sex scenes (still hot but not overly graphic or drawn out), the beautiful descriptions of the scenery. The characters were well outlined and I could picture them in my head soon after they appeared. I liked the older vs younger relationship, the baggage Tony was trying to get over and Josh's eager youthfulness. Great sweet read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Nice story although I spent most of the book hung up on their age difference. I really enjoy May/December stories but up to a certain point. Once the age difference gets to about 15 years I start thinking of their future and remembering my aunt whose husband died when she was just 50. He was almost 75 at the time. I just find it hard to get over the gap and I know it's a personal reaction. It's well-written though and aside from the age gap I enjoyed the story. Nice story although I spent most of the book hung up on their age difference. I really enjoy May/December stories but up to a certain point. Once the age difference gets to about 15 years I start thinking of their future and remembering my aunt whose husband died when she was just 50. He was almost 75 at the time. I just find it hard to get over the gap and I know it's a personal reaction. It's well-written though and aside from the age gap I enjoyed the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy L

    Beautiful love story between the Old Man and Pretty Boy. Not angst filled and no love at first sight. It delved a bit into the challenges of having a 24 year age difference but basically a story about building a relationship. Both men's personalities came thru in the writing and you could see how they complimented each other. Beautiful love story between the Old Man and Pretty Boy. Not angst filled and no love at first sight. It delved a bit into the challenges of having a 24 year age difference but basically a story about building a relationship. Both men's personalities came thru in the writing and you could see how they complimented each other.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alverta

    Stunning detail.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sauer

    A really phenomenal book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dinah

    I found myself casting actors and actresses.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cheeves

    Fast paced.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie Hayes

    The Sonoran is "a desert both rugged and lush at once with its own raw and often unappreciated beauty". Tony Roberts is a man who cares for the beauty that exists in the Sonoran - with his bare hands he molds its beauty, and tames it both. But at the age of forty-five, just getting over the end of a long term relationship, what does he have to offer a beautiful young man less than half his age? And what makes him want to find out? The ballad of Richard and Tony ended not with a bang, but a whimpe The Sonoran is "a desert both rugged and lush at once with its own raw and often unappreciated beauty". Tony Roberts is a man who cares for the beauty that exists in the Sonoran - with his bare hands he molds its beauty, and tames it both. But at the age of forty-five, just getting over the end of a long term relationship, what does he have to offer a beautiful young man less than half his age? And what makes him want to find out? The ballad of Richard and Tony ended not with a bang, but a whimper. Richard is gone, and Tony is left in the house they once shared, there in Phoenix. While Richard is off seeking inner peace, Tony is left with his landscaping business, of which he is justifiably proud, and a hole where his sense of purpose used to be. Which is why he finds himself at Mama Irene's pancake house in the middle of the night. Chasing either that elusive dream, or some good pancakes. The place isn't crowded. A good looking youth and his harem of two sit nearby, doing their thing. Flirty as all get out. Tony can't help noticing the guy, even if the chicks do nothing for him. Looking never hurt. And theres an even better looking young waiter. A guy can dream, even though reality says you're 45, he might not even be legal. Looking never hurt, though. So Tony looks. To his surprise, he learns through the check-skipping young patron that the waiter is looking back. Chance, which is just another name for Fate, brings them together in time to witness the sun rise over the Sonoran. Is it rising on something else as well? Josh is the waiter's name, and he is an artist in his other life, coffee being his medium of choice. As Tony debates on the protocol as well as the sensibility of asking the young man out, Josh makes the move for him, inviting him to his first public exhibit the following week, as he offers Tony his card. Tony shows up, and is impressed with what he sees. The young man certainly has talent. And there is something he hadn't expected to see - a new painting of the sunrise which they had witnessed together outside Mama Irene's. Tony offers Josh some Italian after the exhibit - which he cooks up at his place, while they watch a Twilight Zone marathon, and cuddle together on the couch. There is a definite attraction between Tony and Josh, one which they are not shy about exploring. But this attraction goes beyond the merely physical, and each one is wondering and hoping where it will lead. Tony is unsure that he should saddle Josh with someone his age, when he's so young and has so much to live for yet. A fact which is painfully brought to light when they run into a couple of his friends while on a date at the zoo. But the more time he spends with Josh, the more time Tony wants to spend with him. In the meantime, since his exhibit, Josh has begun to get noticed in the art world, and has even had a sale, and some commissions. The time is rapidly coming when he will have to make a choice - the what am I going to do next decision. He wants to get his degree. But he wants to work his life around to where Tony is included in it. The trouble is, he's unsure if the older man wants to do that, and he doesn't want to push. Things seem to be going good between them, and they even enjoy a very sensuous and loving vacation together. But a crisis with Tony's friends cuts their trip short, and causes Tony to face questions of his own mortality - and does he have the right to saddle Josh with that sort of a burden? These feelings are exacerbated when Josh receives a possibility of a job - in L.A. Maybe Tony needs to give him space, a whole lot of it, in order for him to make the right decisions for himself and his career without feeling burdened by Tony. But is that what Josh wants, or does he perceive this as Tony's unwillingness to plan a future with him, and will this drive them apart, or bring them closer together? You can read my complete review at Yaoi Radius!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Maldonado

    Sonoran Heat is a literal and figurative change of pace for author Katrina Strauss. If her other m/m works are yummy, exciting, fizzy melon sodas, Sonoran Heat is sensuous, smooth, sweet hot cocoa. Different, but equally enjoyable! As I have come to expect from this author, the characters in Sonoran Heat are very well developed and thoroughly likable. Josh is a talented, level headed, twenty-something waiter and art student. Tony is a successful small business owner and all around middle-aged ho Sonoran Heat is a literal and figurative change of pace for author Katrina Strauss. If her other m/m works are yummy, exciting, fizzy melon sodas, Sonoran Heat is sensuous, smooth, sweet hot cocoa. Different, but equally enjoyable! As I have come to expect from this author, the characters in Sonoran Heat are very well developed and thoroughly likable. Josh is a talented, level headed, twenty-something waiter and art student. Tony is a successful small business owner and all around middle-aged hottie. Just when you think you can predict where this story is going based on the outline of the characters, the author forces you think again. I enjoyed the exploration of age play without a full out sugar daddy setup. This is not one of my kinks and I can easily be turned off by it. Yet, the author's deft touch made it sexy and fun, never too heavy handed. The story evolves at a leisurely pace, keeping the focus on the relationship and progressing primarily through character interactions rather than external events. Well crafted details add depth and interest to the story. The descriptions of Tony's work and Josh's art are well informed and utterly engrossing. In that way, the Sonoran Desert becomes a character in the story brought to life by the author's fantastic descriptions and imagery both directly, as well as indirectly through Josh's art and Tony's work. Perhaps, because I have had the opportunity to see some of the Sonoran vistas in the past, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane. The romance between Josh and Tony is quite sweet, making this book perfect for those needing a "pick me up" read. While I enjoy sweet very much, I have a soft spot for bad boys. I can't wait to see if Katrina will write a story about a certain sexy young man with an attitude and a personal harem (LOL!), who for some reason in my mind looks a bit like Adam Lambert. (Entirely a result of my fanciful imagination I am sure!) He doesn't get much screen time, yet he sticks out in my mind as much as Josh and Tony. Go figure! For all these reasons and more, I highly recommend Sonoran Heat and give it 4.5 stars! It is a perfect end-of-summer read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mel Bradley

    Author: Katrina Strauss Publisher: Amber Quill Press Word Count: 48,547 Published: 2010 Fictionwise: $7.00 The beginning of this story definitely tries to grab you – almost a bit too fiercely. However, I was intrigued enough to continue reading and pleased to find that the beginning scene of a very young trio, was not a main story plot – but the background for the true love story. It did take me some time to be ok with the age difference between the main characters, which was also a theme of the stor Author: Katrina Strauss Publisher: Amber Quill Press Word Count: 48,547 Published: 2010 Fictionwise: $7.00 The beginning of this story definitely tries to grab you – almost a bit too fiercely. However, I was intrigued enough to continue reading and pleased to find that the beginning scene of a very young trio, was not a main story plot – but the background for the true love story. It did take me some time to be ok with the age difference between the main characters, which was also a theme of the story – a man in his 40s and a 21-year old. They did have a strong connection and bond, and age faded into the background as their love blossomed. This is an easy and quick read, and probably could have lent itself to a longer story – apparently I think all of the good ones need to be longer these days! There were a few cliches throughout, but presented in a way that wasn’t so in your face; instead, woven into the plot line quite nicely. I am curious if there is a sequel or two, based on some of the characters introduced as there was enough ground work to create more fun in the Arizona desert. The sex in this story is very tame and vanilla, but hot when it happens as it is filled with passion, trust and understanding. Each character continues to work through their pasts and hopes and fears for the future, that each coming together helps cement their relationship and sense of belonging together. The sex will not ignite any pages, but it is tender and thoughtful and fun to read. The focus here is their relationship, not having sex for sex sake. Out of four… Overall Read: ♥♥♥ Sex Heat: ♥ Plot: ♥♥♥ I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good love story; interaction between an older guy and younger man; and loves a well-written story (without minding some usual themes). This is a particularly good read for newbies to m/m as it’s not at all scary and quite tame with a “real life” story plot.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    Well the usual long Amber Allure blurb tells it all. Tony is 45 and his lover of 18 years has left him to “find himself”. A late night trip down memory lane at a diner has him meeting Josh, a young waiter. He knows he’s an old fool but Josh invites him to his art opening and they end up back at Tony’s place afterward. Tony is sure this is just a fling and that Josh couldn’t be interested in him, but as time passes, they become closer and Josh is not your normal 21 year old college student. He li Well the usual long Amber Allure blurb tells it all. Tony is 45 and his lover of 18 years has left him to “find himself”. A late night trip down memory lane at a diner has him meeting Josh, a young waiter. He knows he’s an old fool but Josh invites him to his art opening and they end up back at Tony’s place afterward. Tony is sure this is just a fling and that Josh couldn’t be interested in him, but as time passes, they become closer and Josh is not your normal 21 year old college student. He likes older music and TV shows and is more down-to-earth than most kids his age. However a friend’s health scare makes Tony realize what could happen as he ages and Josh is young and he tries to push him away. When Josh has the opportunity for a job in LA, they have a slight falling out. I’m not a huge fan of May/December romances because I tend to think they are slightly doomed, but I think the fact that Josh was more mature than most made this one work well enough for me. Personality/interest wise, the two didn’t seem to be that far apart. I could also understand Tony’s thinking when he had his little crisis. Sure he behaved like a bit of an ass, but people do. I also liked some of the secondary characters, including Tony’s friends who were a bit freaked out by him dating such a young guy, and Josh’s roommates, along with Tony’s elderly client who offers him relationship advice and even the little shit who scams Tony at the diner. There’s not much drama and plot beyond the temporary separation, and it is a romance so you know they’ll work it out, but it’s just the realistic advancement over months (rather than days … or minutes) of a relationship between two people, albeit with a significant age difference. It’s been sitting in my TBR since Nov. 2010 with no particular reason I hadn’t cracked it open, but I’m glad I did. It was a nice stress-free read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    This is a story about Josh and Tony. Josh is a 21 year old college student, artist, and working his way through at a diner to help pay for it. Josh isn't your typical 21 year old. He hates club music (revoke his gay card now..ha), hates dance clubs, and just enjoys peace and quiet. He doesn't mind just sitting around the house being domestic. Josh has his priorities straight and will do anything to get to his goals. He wasn't expecting Tony to walk into his diner late one night. Tony is a 45 year This is a story about Josh and Tony. Josh is a 21 year old college student, artist, and working his way through at a diner to help pay for it. Josh isn't your typical 21 year old. He hates club music (revoke his gay card now..ha), hates dance clubs, and just enjoys peace and quiet. He doesn't mind just sitting around the house being domestic. Josh has his priorities straight and will do anything to get to his goals. He wasn't expecting Tony to walk into his diner late one night. Tony is a 45 year old landscape business owner. He was in a long term relationship (17 years) which ended (here's the thing, I don't remember how long it ended, was it ever stated??) He's lonely and is attracted to Josh, but knows he's too young for him. I will say I LOVED their dates. I loved how they had a real relationship and not just in the bedroom! It was great reading the day to day things. What I didn't like? Tony constantly thinking about Richard. I guess here's where it would have been nice to know how long they've been separated. If it was recent, I guess I can see it, but years? Time to get over it and stop thinking about the differences. Tony thinks that Josh is an "old soul" and I guess I can see that. He's just not into things most 21 year olds are. I also loved his mom!!! I really liked Josh and Tony's relationship and I liked how the age card wasn't really played. Even with the 24 year age difference they didn't really act like it. However, I would have liked them to have talked about it more. (view spoiler)[Look at Keith! Anything could happen. (hide spoiler)] Overall, very sweet, easy read :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth H.

    3.5 stars rounding up to 4.0 stars. The conflict at the end seemed to be thrown on just for the sake of conflict, wasn't developed or made real. And the resolution was expected. The two characters are well-drawn, though I wonder how many guys doing what is essentially yard work are as well off as Tony is. I'm usually quite hesitant about reading a May-December romance, but this one worked pretty well, while skirting some of the real problems of such a relationship. I skipped a few sex scenes -- t 3.5 stars rounding up to 4.0 stars. The conflict at the end seemed to be thrown on just for the sake of conflict, wasn't developed or made real. And the resolution was expected. The two characters are well-drawn, though I wonder how many guys doing what is essentially yard work are as well off as Tony is. I'm usually quite hesitant about reading a May-December romance, but this one worked pretty well, while skirting some of the real problems of such a relationship. I skipped a few sex scenes -- they weren't integrated into the plot or character development, so that was easy to do. But when I did read one, it was hot, in its way. I did notice in the first sex scene, when I was skimming, that the scene switched pov a lot, which is a major turn off for me. Especially if an author is aiming for an intense scene, then switching from one head to another is the worst writing technique. What I wanted was a longer book, more depth in examining the young/old relationship, and more honesty in presenting life as those two men were living it. Still, a pleasant read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Luly Ceballos

    A wonderful story. Everything in it is so actual, real and powerful. The desert views make one feel like is in it and more.I couldn't stop myself of having a nice cup of joe when reading this rich story full of love and beauty. Love in 21 century. But most of all, a message of hope for everyone. I love Katrina's work and this one has become one of my favourites. Two thumbs up!! In fact, I enjoyed a media experience when reading it. Checking out some Coffee painting on the web when having a warm A wonderful story. Everything in it is so actual, real and powerful. The desert views make one feel like is in it and more.I couldn't stop myself of having a nice cup of joe when reading this rich story full of love and beauty. Love in 21 century. But most of all, a message of hope for everyone. I love Katrina's work and this one has become one of my favourites. Two thumbs up!! In fact, I enjoyed a media experience when reading it. Checking out some Coffee painting on the web when having a warm cup of joe, listening the music suggested and watching some Arizona desert pictures at the same time; for a moment I felt myself inside the book watching not from outside but living in it. It was really fun.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    4.5 stars. I normally save 5 stars for when I really feel invested in the characters and their story (plus it needs to be well-written, of course), and I didn't really get that as much this time. I will say it was executed and written well though, even if it didn't have as much tension as would have liked. I don't always like May-December romances, but this one worked very well for me. The conflict present due to their age was handled well and seemed very authentic. The conflict was pretty mild, 4.5 stars. I normally save 5 stars for when I really feel invested in the characters and their story (plus it needs to be well-written, of course), and I didn't really get that as much this time. I will say it was executed and written well though, even if it didn't have as much tension as would have liked. I don't always like May-December romances, but this one worked very well for me. The conflict present due to their age was handled well and seemed very authentic. The conflict was pretty mild, though, and overall it was a sweet, romantic story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Manuela

    A lovely story with two very likeable main characters. I like to read about love stories between men with a considerable age gap, but I'm often left not satisfied. It was not the case with this story. The author took the time to slowly develop the feelings betweent the two character and also treated with care and attention the issues that can easily arise when two partners are not close in age. The story and problems the two characters had to face were believable and well written. The pace was s A lovely story with two very likeable main characters. I like to read about love stories between men with a considerable age gap, but I'm often left not satisfied. It was not the case with this story. The author took the time to slowly develop the feelings betweent the two character and also treated with care and attention the issues that can easily arise when two partners are not close in age. The story and problems the two characters had to face were believable and well written. The pace was slow and quiet, but very enjoyable, with the right amount of angst. Recommended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalija

    There is a lot to love about this book, from the two leads and a cast of wonderful secondary characters to the magnificent setting, which is practically a character itself. The conflict is predictable, but it's also the one to be expected in a book with a subject of the age difference between the partners. Bottom line, I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely be reading this author again. There is a lot to love about this book, from the two leads and a cast of wonderful secondary characters to the magnificent setting, which is practically a character itself. The conflict is predictable, but it's also the one to be expected in a book with a subject of the age difference between the partners. Bottom line, I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely be reading this author again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tj

    This was more a 4.5 for me. I really enjoyed the overall story. There wasn't the huge conflict that I am use to seeing. The characters were well developed and the plot flowed smoothly. I didn't give this story a 5 star rating because there wasn't a wow that I like to see in a 5 star. I also didn't see much story outside of the central characters. This was more a 4.5 for me. I really enjoyed the overall story. There wasn't the huge conflict that I am use to seeing. The characters were well developed and the plot flowed smoothly. I didn't give this story a 5 star rating because there wasn't a wow that I like to see in a 5 star. I also didn't see much story outside of the central characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paisley

    This story was easy to read and I liked it. It is not a long drawn-out saga. It is a quick burn and it moves pretty fast (well it has to because it's not too long of a book) and I found myself pretty entertained. I wasn't super enthralled or overwhelmed by the characters, but I liked them well enough and I was routing for them the whole time. This story was easy to read and I liked it. It is not a long drawn-out saga. It is a quick burn and it moves pretty fast (well it has to because it's not too long of a book) and I found myself pretty entertained. I wasn't super enthralled or overwhelmed by the characters, but I liked them well enough and I was routing for them the whole time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    2.5 Stars (This should really have a half star) A slow moving, simplistic, low-to-no angst, May to December romance with a HEA. I really didn't care for the art and landscaping conversations/musings. It was a little better than okay, but not by much~ 2.5 Stars (This should really have a half star) A slow moving, simplistic, low-to-no angst, May to December romance with a HEA. I really didn't care for the art and landscaping conversations/musings. It was a little better than okay, but not by much~

  29. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    A romantic story that touches the heart, but doesn't come off too sugary sweet. Enjoyed the characters and the May/December premise. 4.5 Stars A good starter book for those new to the genre. A romantic story that touches the heart, but doesn't come off too sugary sweet. Enjoyed the characters and the May/December premise. 4.5 Stars A good starter book for those new to the genre.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Zuyuan

    Wow, I like this easy-reading story. Very sweet even lack of exciting elements, nothing dramatic at the end. I think that's suits the two main characters. Sex scenes kind of boring though, kind of cliche and a tad to long. Wow, I like this easy-reading story. Very sweet even lack of exciting elements, nothing dramatic at the end. I think that's suits the two main characters. Sex scenes kind of boring though, kind of cliche and a tad to long.

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