Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Finding Forever

Title: Finding Forever
Author: Lori C. Hawkins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-605-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

While accompanying his aunt to a London museum gallery opening, American actor Alec Bannerman met young and handsome architectural art historian, Peter Leavesley. Both men immediately feel the spark of attraction but through a series of misunderstandings, strange questions, vague answers and the well-intentioned matchmaking of an elderly family friend, the evening ends without settling the important question. What’s the sexual orientation of the other? Neither man is certain.

Both men get on with their lives—Alec landing an important acting job and Peter overseeing a large restoration project. They run into each other intermittently and each time, they’re left in deep emotional turmoil and unable to deny the continuing physical pull. When the truth finally comes out and they realize they have a chance at happiness together, their relationship still isn’t smooth sailing. Alex has to deal with telling his family he’s gay and Peter is afraid of being rejected—again, if Alec decides to stay in the closet. Life is full of uncertainty. Can these two find a way through the minefield of family and fear and come out with a happily-ever-after on the other side, or will the fears of what if’s and maybe’s tear them apart forever?

Finding Forever is a sweet romance that progresses at a leisurely pace, allowing ample time for scene and character development. I loved that the story took place in London, a city filled with bright lights, interesting neighborhoods and a rich history, all of which the author touches with snippets of information scattered throughout the story. The secondary characters add a nice richness that help round out the story and help to progress it along. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Alec’s Aunt Jo. She supplied the love, support and understanding that Alec needed and provided great family background to the story.

I enjoyed the instant attraction of Alec and Peter, but what made it so much fun was the confusion the men experienced and the author handled this nicely. My only complaint is that for me this plot device went on a little too long—the first 31 pages, and even then Alec didn’t figure it out, his Aunt Jo aunt had to tell him Peter was gay. But when these two men get together, their reaction to each other is many things—hot, sweet and tender. It’s all those things that make you feel warm and fuzzy when you read a romance, yet all isn’t sweetness-and-light in their relationship.

There’s an injury that occurs to Peter that I won’t go into too much detail with, but just know that the author does a very nice job working both men through the injury, hospitalization and recovery period with just enough detail and emotions to keep the plot flowing and without making it maudlin or depressing. The ending takes place in an interesting location and in a cute and endearing manner. Overall, the story makes for a quick and enjoyable afternoon read.

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