Book: Somewhere on Mackinac
Series: States of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Publication date:May 3, 2017
Length: 113 pages
Reviewed by Erin
How far would you go for the man of your dreams?
Now that he’s single, Chicago businessman Jordan Monroe can finally take his long-desired trip to Mackinac Island for the Somewhere In Time fan celebration weekend. On the first day, Jordan finds himself attracted to Miles Colter, a handsome local stable owner who is giving horseback tours of film locations.
Jordan is surprised and charmed that Miles pursues him. When Jordan learns the stable is in trouble, he wants to help despite Miles’s resistance. As their relationship grows personally and professionally, Jordan dreads the issues that face them—an ex who won’t let him go, the complications of a long-distance relationship, and a secret he knows he shouldn’t be keeping.
Can Jordan and Miles find a way to forge a love as timeless as the romance in their favorite film?
I am a big fan of Dreamspinner Press's States of Love series. I find all the locations and landmarks and the unique characteristics from each state to be really compelling. When I read the blurb for Somewhere on Mackinac by Jeff Adams I was immediately intrigued. I admit that I've never seen the movie, Somewhere in Time, which plays a significant role in the book, so I think I missed out a bit on all of the connections between the setting and the book but all in all this book was a nice, easy read that I liked.
Jordan Monroe is a huge fan (understatement if there was one!) of the movie, Somewhere in Time, and now that he's currently single, he decides to embark on a weekend on Mackinac Island--where the move is set--for a fan celebration weekend. Once he arrives and is surrounded by all the things that he recognizes from the movie, Jordan is in heaven. Even more so when he crosses paths with Miles Colter, one of the locals who helps out at the hotel where Jordan is staying. There is an instant attraction between these two, and from there we watch Jordan and Miles get to know one another and yes, fall in love. I have to say that even though I've never seen the movie or been to Mackinac Island, Jeff Adams' love of both is readily apparent. He transports the reader to the picturesque setting where you travel by horse and carriage or bicycle and everyone calls out greetings as you walk down the street. From the fudge shop to the diner to the estate where the hotel is located, I could picture everything in detail with ease.
The romance between Jordan and Miles is sweet and lovely, if a bit on the old fashioned side. This is not a complaint, by the way. I like the fact that these two men took the time to really get to know one another in spite of their intense physical attraction to one another. I wasn't so much of a fan of Drake, Jordan's ex who was just insufferable, and the big misunderstanding between Jordan and Miles toward the end of the book. For two grown men who should know better, this was a bit frustrating for sure. But it really was the setting and the gentle romance between Jordan and Miles that saved the book for me. And made me want to watch the movie, too. If you're looking for something light and easy with a nice romance, make sure you check out Somewhere on Mackinac.
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