Title: Patchwork Paradise
Author: Indra Vaughn
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Expected publishing date: March 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Page/word count: ~262, ~73,300
Rating: 3 Stars
Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Perhaps it was the first person POV that made the perspective seen through Oliver’s eyes and feeling fail to get to me. I often got impatient with our very oblivious MC though he wasn’t up to hurt anybody. At least not intentionally.
On another note, the story didn’t try to solve all problems in one go. They presented real and sympathetic characters with real problems. I could even feel for the less agreeable ones (though didn’t mean that I liked them).
It wasn’t often for me to find story with Belgium setting, which made this another plus of the book – I learned new stuff by reading this. It was interesting.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.