Author: Philip William Stover
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication Date: September 20, 2019
Length: 109 pages
Reviewed by Erin
When a charming but misguided account manager gets stuck on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands with his hunky zoologist ex, he might rediscover his true passion—in and out of the bedroom.
After art school, Mike Davis gave up on his dream in favor of a stable job. But when he gets an opportunity to teach wealthy travelers how to paint stunning sunsets, it seems like the perfect break. Until he finds out he’ll be sharing a suite with his ex, charismatic Benton Aldridge—a British scientist cuter than the baby animals he studies. Mike makes it clear he has no intention of getting back together with Benton, but sharing a suite makes it almost impossible keep his distance.
As they climb over volcanic peaks and swim with manatees through sparkling jade-colored water, can they also heal past wounds and take the next step in the evolution of love?
Let’s be honest for a moment, okay? Reading an author’s debut book is sometimes hit or miss. Sometimes there are homeruns and other’s well, maybe not quite as much but still, a good try and we hope for the best the next time out. I can say that The Evolution of Love by Philip William Stover was definitely a homerun! A sweet romance with a hint of mystery, a wonderful setting, and characters that were engaging and charming, I sped through this novella in one sitting.
I’m a huge fan of second chance romances and that’s what we have going on here. Mike is an artist, stuck in a mundane corporate job that pays the bills but brings little happiness or color to his life. He gets the chance to escape for a little bit when his aunt asks him to teach a watercolor class while on a cruise to the exotic Galapagos Islands. Things definitely seem to be looking up for Mike once he’s on the ship, that is until he crosses paths with his ex, Benton. Throw in some forced proximity because of course they must share a room and the sparks start flying.
There isn’t much on page sex in the book, but there is tension galore and it was steamy and made the interactions between Mike and Benton rather enjoyable. I also really enjoyed how Mike began to loosen up and see that there was more to life than job stability. Benton was a bit over the top at times for my taste, but he and Mike sure do have chemistry. The Evolution of Love is a quick fun read and it left me with a smile on my face. I highly recommend you checking this debut author out and keep an eye on what he does next, I know I am!
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