Friday, October 14, 2016

Retro Review Tour ~ Heat Wave Astoria by Liam Livings ~ (Review + Giveaway)

Retro Review Tour ~ Heat Wave Astoria by Liam Livings ~ (Review + Giveaway)
Author: Liam Livings

Publisher: JMS Books

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Length: 38,150 words


Brad's shop is known as the most popular tourist attraction for certain men in his home town, Astoria, Oregon. Brad doesn't do relationships -- why would he? He’s an unashamed slut, and he loves it.

British IT programmer James is much happier working with software and computers than people. He finds escape in his encyclopedic knowledge of childhood films like The Goonies and Short Circuit.

When James walks into a quilting shop in Astoria, he decides he'll take his brother's advice and talk to a stranger. That stranger is Brad, melting slowly behind the counter during the longest heat wave America's had in years.

Can a man who thinks in binary code and always plans things to the finest degree cope with the twists and turns of emotions? Can someone who never thinks before he leaps allow himself to jump into the biggest unknown, a relationship? And how can they cope with James’ impending return to England?

Will two men who never expected to meet learn to embrace the whole messy relationship that love brings into their lives?

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Brad is a player, happy with filling his map with men he's been with, until he meets awkward but cute British nerd James, who at first is just someone with whom he can check four places on his map. They hit it off, bonding over their mutual love of The Goonies and Short Circuit, and Brad finds himself unable to go after anyone else after being with James and James finds himself opening up to another person, when he's always preferred to just lose himself in his computer. Soon more things are heating up than just the hot weather hitting the little town of Astoria. But their relationship has an expiration date and time is going by so quickly, will they be able to find a solution before James has to leave at the end of summer?

Both Brad and James were flawed and realistic, and while they both messed up, they fixed most of their issues with the help of some mildly meddling friends and family. They were likable and had good chemistry. 

The story is well-written and entertaining. It's told from both MC's points of view, which was odd at times, since Brad is American and James is British, so it was a bit of a mix-up of the two styles. 

I really liked the supporting cast of characters, especially Rory and the ladies that visited the store where Brad worked. They really added depth to the book. 

All in all, it was a fast, fun read. Recommendable!

Rating: 4 Stars!!!

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Author Bio

Liam Livings lives where east London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He escapes from real life with a guilty pleasure book, cries at a sad, funny and camp film – and he’s been known to watch an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing ‘research’.

One evening, flicking through the channels, he stumbled across the film, Saving Private Ryan, and it took twenty minutes of not seeing Goldie Hawn in an army uniform, before he realised it wasn’t actually the film, Private Benjamin. 

He has written since he was a teenager, started writing with the hope of publication in 2011. His writing focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle. 

When he’s not writing fiction he runs a manuscript appraisal service, provides marketing support to authors' publishers and ghostwrites other people’s books.

You can connect with Liam
Twitter @LiamLivings

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