Title: Shoulder Season
Series: World of Love: Iceland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication Date: August 10, 2018
Length: 84 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
Two young men from two different countries find a common language as they recover from broken hearts and broken bones. Can they rebuild their lives together?
Ben’s boyfriend has not only dumped him, he’s also cancelled their mutual travel plans. Since Ben has the time off and the money saved up, he decides to travel anyway, and based on a last-minute, very inexpensive red-eye airline fare, ends up in Reykjavik, Iceland.
He’s ill-prepared for the weather and knows nothing about the country, so he considers flying home the next day. Except his new neighbor, Solvin, a local Icelander who is currently on leave from work due to a car accident, shows up with a cane and shoulder sling and literally falls into Ben’s apartment. It’s the beginning of an adventure that might show Ben how good life can be… and that coming home sometimes means traveling halfway around the world.
I went into this book thinking it would be a bit of a fish out of water story. A young man from Denver going to Iceland. Ben, after being dumped by a jerk of a boyfriend travels to Iceland by himself. This is a spur of the moment trip and yet, he seems to have found his place in the world right away.
His first minutes at his rental, he meets and helps his injured neighbor. Solvin has been in an accident and hasn’t accepted help from anyone, oddly he has no trouble taking Ben’s helping hand. These two do some exploring of Iceland together and really feel like old friends. Old friends that want to kiss each other, lol. We get to “visit” some fun and interesting tourist attractions in Iceland with Ben and Solvin and see their attraction and feelings grow quickly for one another.
This was a pretty short, but very sweet read. I’m not always a fan of "sort of instalove," but this was good. You feel Ben not only falling for Solvin, but for Iceland...finding his place in the world.
Overall, a little slow, but very sweet. I also enjoyed all the Icelandic references very much.
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