RELEASE DATE: July 22th, 2015
BLURB: It has been weeks since Curtis first saw the young waiter with the haunted eyes. No matter how often he went to the café to find the right opportunity to introduce himself, that moment simply did not come that quickly.
Joseph was aware of the gentle giant who quietly came to have his lunch and then left day after day. Fearing his father’s wrath and under his ever watchful eyes, he made no moves nor overtures. Until one day when the other man approaches to him…
Hope can turn to love… interracial love.
This book was a dilemma for me, I really liked the premise of the storyline – big, gentle giant falls for a shy, abused Asian waiter. There were so many possibilities and opportunities for this new author to explore and expand upon, but did she? let’s find out….
Curtis is a shy, bear-of-man. He works for a bank, is loved by his parents and liked by his work colleagues. He’s very conscious of his size, so this stops him from dating, especially after a boyfriend suggested he should wax! Now I have to say, that the way the author handled the visit to the Waxing Specialist was extremely funny and well written, so well done author.
He meets Joseph in a cafe he frequents for his lunch. The attraction Curtis feels for Joseph is immediate, there was something about the small, quiet, Asian man that ticked everyone of Curtis’s boxes. But Joseph is skittish and Curtis knows that something is drastically wrong, but doesn’t know what to do. Discretely he starts to talk to Joseph and then invites him out for coffee. He eventually finds out that he works for his father, is totally reliant on him and is being abused!
Now I don’t do spoilers, but this is where the author’s inexperienced showed, she didn’t capitalise enough on this golden opportunity of following through enough on the abuse and the mental anguish of Joseph. She didn’t explain to my satisfaction the actual outcome of what happened to his father? and that omission cost her 1* from me and the other 1/2*? basic spelling mistakes – so basic, that they should never have happened. My advice? get a good Beta reader! The basic storyline foundation was a great idea, it showed that the author has great potential as an Author – just tighten up all your loose ends.
On the positive side, as I have already said, I liked the storyline, I loved both Curtis and Joseph and the descriptive way showing how Curtis loved and cared for Joseph was great, the way the author bought tears to my eyes when I read the abuse, was heart-wrenching.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this Author develops in the future. I will definitely be reading her next release. 3.5* from me.