Title: Honeymoon For One
Publication Date: September 27, 2018
Length: 243 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
The wedding is off, but the love story is just beginning.
Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart.
Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried, his kids are grown, and he’s left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia’s East Coast, Clay reckons he's happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he's a bit lonely, it's not the end of the world.
Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged man of Ethan’s dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.
Honeymoon for One is a gay romance by Keira Andrews featuring a May-December age difference, a slow burn of newfound friends to lovers, first-time m/m sex, and of course a happy ending.
The next part that really warmed my heart was Ethan's hearing loss struggle. I suffer from degenerative hearing loss and because of that I also suffer from tinnitus. When Ethan talked about constantly having to tell people "what?" and "I'm sorry could you repeat that?" I felt his regret in each syllable. Losing one of your senses you've had your whole life is scary, depressing, and a challenge. My heart bled for Ethan because I knew exactly the pain he was in because of that. It's also why when Clay went out of his way to make life easier for Ethan I would shed a tear or two.
Clay was a fascinating character. One of those genuinely good guys. No pomp and circumstance when it came to his life. He loved to sit back with a beer and a good game at the end of the day. Absolutely relatable to anyone who works hard. He was perfect for Ethan, not only because they shared the same heartache over losing someone they loved, but because they both struggled with aspects about themselves they were nervous about.
Each man helped the other see through to the other side and be better because of it. Keira Andrews does a fantastic job of giving two unique and rare characters a beautiful happily ever after. I very much recommend.
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