Friday, August 3, 2018

Release Day Review ~ Meet Me in Shanghai by Luca Domani

Release Day Review ~ Meet Me in Shanghai by Luca Domani

Title: Meet Me in Shanghai
Author: Luca Domani
Release Date: August 3, 2018
Category: World of Love, Contemporary
Pages: 62
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What are the odds of meeting your perfect match in a city of twenty-four million people—halfway around the world?
Software engineer Jeff has never set foot outside North America when his company sends him to Shanghai. It’s daunting to say the least, and Jeff is soon lost. He’s rescued by Chinese American banker Greg—a man who immediately sparks Jeff’s desire. But in a city so large and chaotic, what are the chances that they’ll bump into each other again?
When they do, a vigorous friendship forms despite Greg’s devotion to his high-powered—and high-stress—career. Both men want more, but Greg never takes things further, and Jeff’s time in China is running out. Soon he has only one night left. Will it be a last night together as friends… or the beginning of something that can last despite the distance between them?
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3 Stars

I was intrigued by both the blurb and the cover for Meet Me in Shanghai, unfortunately, due to the length of the book or perhaps my dislike of Greg, I didn't feel like it quite met my expectations.

Jeff was nice and sweet, but came across as desperate. And Greg, well, I wanted to punch him most of the time. He almost gave me whiplash with how he acted towards Jeff sometimes, first friendly, then aloof, then he would invite him to have dinner and then radio silence. Frankly, if Jeff hadn't been so doormat-ty and actually stood up for himself, perhaps I would've enjoyed this book more.

As it was, I think the author lost himself in describing Shanghai and in doing so, sacrificed page time he could've spent making Greg more likable and cementing a connection between the main characters.

Overall, the story was just okay, but perhaps it's more me than anything else, so give it a chance, perhaps you'll like it more than I did.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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