Thursday, December 30, 2010

Night Porter

Title: Night Porter
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
ISBN: 978-1-61581-694-1
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Max is a Texan who, while traveling through Europe, ended up in London and stayed. Now he has a job as a night porter at a small but classy hotel, watching as all the gorgeous men come and go through its doors. When Robert Armitage walks into the lobby, Max knows he’s in trouble. The tall, broad-shouldered man pushes all his buttons and before he knows it, Max is acting as Robert’s guide to all the most famous tourist destinations. Robert might be in town to get married but as the day progresses, so does Max and his attraction. Max knows that even if he takes Robert into his bed, in the light of day the man will leave to get on with his life and he’ll be left alone.

As part of the Bittersweet Dreams series, Night Porter shows that often feelings of love and attraction aren’t enough and that dreams and desires don’t always come true in the real world. That means that this well written novella isn’t a typical romance. The beginning has friendly banter and good fun between Max and Robert as they travel around London, but there’s also pain and confusion as their swirling emotions get out of control. I like both Max and Robert. They’re interesting and well rounded characters and they’re actually perfect for each other, but once again poor Max is left standing sad and rejected when Robert leaves. Okay, I admit it. I want another story where Robert leaves his clueless fiancée at the altar, so he can rush back to Max. Call me crazy, but the Night Porter deserves to find some happiness of his own.


Sandra said...

Night Porter is in fact, one of the most bittersweet romances I've ever had the pleasure of reading. It lifted me to great heights and then crushed my heart when they split at the end.

It's absolutely one of my favorite stories and the 2nd of Sue's amazing stories I've read. Can't say enough good about this writer and her creative imagery. And I too, desperately want our groom to leave his would-be bride at the alter and go running back to Max. They really do deserve a happily-ever-after! If Sue ever decides to write the sequel to this, I'll be first in line to read it! <333

Sue Brown said...

Thank you for a lovely review.

Sue xx