Thursday, December 6, 2018

DSP Advent Calendar Review: Warren's Peace by Emjay Haze

Title: Warren's Peace
Author: Emjay Haze
Category: Holiday, Advent
Pages: 51

Dreamspinner Press

The holidays are a time for second chances.

Warren Blessing lost his wife (two years ago), and his kids decide he’s been alone too long. They send him on a holiday singles cruise so he can meet someone new. On the flight from Chicago to Miami, he sits next to an attractive man, but when the flight’s over, he doesn’t think he'll see him again.

Fletcher Hammond is a professional mystery shopper for vacation destinations and travel. After a split from his unfaithful fiancé, he’s embarking on a singles cruise. He meets a lovely gentleman on the flight, whose conversation and cocktails help Fletcher through his fear of takeoffs, but he doesn’t expect to see him again.

As if by fate, a meeting in the ship’s dining room renews their mutual attraction. But can they build a relationship with distance and baggage working against them? Or will they part ways when they return to port?

3 Stars 

This was a cute story, but it just didn’t really work for me. While I found Warren and Fletcher to be likable, I just didn’t connect with them at all and I found no chemistry between them. They were sweet and fit well together, but because I felt no chemistry the story was just kind of Blah for me.

As for the writing, I found it to be a bit stiff and somewhat formal at times. Maybe a better description is the characters often used proper grammar when asking a question like, “May I have this dance”, it just didn’t feel natural. Also, it was way too much telly and not enough showy, I want to see it happen, not be told what’s happening. One thing I was impressed with was the handling of Warren a widower. I’m often wary when picking up a book where someone has lost a spouse, because too often it feels like the new love interest has to compete with their ghost, but I’m happy to report that wasn’t an issue with this read. Although not my favorite, this was a quick, sweet and sexy read.

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

4 Stars! 

Would have been nearly perfect, had it not been for the OTT mentions of that hot tub, lol!

This is a sweet tale of a widower, Warren, whose kids decides he needs to get back out and start dating, and book him on a singles' cruise, and a mystery shopper on the cruise, Fletcher, who's been cheated on by his fiance; both are a little wary of getting back out there. They meet by fluke, have a connection of sorts, but then part ways until they realise they're on the same ship.

I liked that one of the guys was a more mature man and that he was understandably cautious and had some doubts about engaging in MM sex after 20-plus years of being happily married to his wife until her death from cancer. The sex took a few days to happen as the guys got to know and trust each other, and then it kind of seemed to happen all the time - which I got, from both their perspectives, but it also got a bit repetitive. There was so much going on on the cruise and the islands, so I skipped a few of the sex scenes towards the end. And that private hot tub? I kind of wanted to throw it off the balcony in the end, as it seemed to be the only place the guys ended up, other than in bed, lol!

It ends in a very sweet way, one that I hadn't expected. It did make me think that the guys were about to embark on the rest of their lives together, with Warren's kids, who'd welcomed Fletcher.

ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure.

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