Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Family Found

Title: A Family Found
Author: Nicole Dennis
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: spsilverpublishing.com
ISBN: 9781920501594
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Dimitri Michelakakis left a promising baseball career when his addict sister needed him to raise her infant son, Theo. Now he’s a chef and single father, working as a caterer, and he never imagines his job will introduce him to a secret part of his family’s past. 

When millionaire R C Mason Harrison, III learned he had a son, he was determined to locate the child and the man who’d adopted him. In charge of the family fortune, he often fights with them, especially his parents who constantly want additional funds and hate that he’s gay. Mason hopes finding his son will fill the gaping hole in his life, giving him the feeling of family he’s looking for. 

A Family Found is the first release in the new series, Hamilton River, by Nicole Dennis, who’s a new author for me. It’s a sweet and heartwarming story in the flavor of a Harlequin Romance. That means it’s a classic kind of story without a lot of surprises as Dimitri and Mason get to know each other, with Theo bringing them together as a family.  

I liked seeing Dimitri with Theo, with their obvious love and affection, and how tight their father/son bond is. Learning the history of how Theo came into his life is touching, as is learning what happened to Dimitri’s sister. Throwing in the occasional Greek word as part of their heritage is a nice touch. I loved the cooking/catering scenes, especially those where Theo helped, that kid stole every snippet of scene he was in. 

Mason and Dimitri are likable guys and make an interesting couple. There’s no doubt their attraction is immediate but I can’t help feel they got together way too fast. It’s the whole trust thing from Dimitri’s angle that bothered me. He had no assurance Mason wouldn’t try to take Theo away, aside from the word of a stranger. But for the purpose of the plot it worked, keeping a steady pace as they worked through their new relationship. Together, as a family, the three are cute and endearing, but when it’s Dimitri and Mason, its passion and desire.

There are a few twists thrown in with Mason’s family but the resolution of the problem occurs off where we don’t “see it” so I assume we’ll learn more about the “in-laws” later. There’s even a character from their stay at the hotel…George…who I’d like to know more about. 

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