Title: I Love You More Than Pierogi (World of Love)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 4th 2017
Page Count: 101
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Marek and Adrian dated in high school, but a bitter breakup led them to choose different paths. Adrian is out and proud while Marek is in the closet. Adrian embraces his eccentricity while Marek clings to a conservative image. And while Marek worked hard to build a successful life and financial stability by climbing the corporate ladder, Adrian threw caution to the wind and has spent the last five years backpacking across the world.
Now Adrian is back in Warsaw, Poland, but while Marek thinks they will have a hookup and have a blast from the past, Adrian is just looking for a place to crash. Worse still, Adrian turns up at Marek’s advertising agency for help with his outrageous new business venture, and if Marek wants to get promoted, he might have to work with the guy who broke his heart.
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.
First and foremost, this book is a love letter to Poland. If there was an MM book set in my country, this is exactly how I’d want it to be written.
Although I ‘ve never visited Warsaw, the setting felt truly authentic and relatable to me. Because despite their ethnic differences, some postwar european capitals share common grounds and a morbid past that keeps shaping future generations. Like people are still trying to heal and rebuilt, or something like that.
All this is very apparent in Marek and Adrian’s flawed and imperfect characters. Marek has set the bar too high for himself, always trying for more, planting himself firmly into the closet, and losing a piece of his soul in the process. Adrian, on the other hand, might be a breath of fresh air, but his coming into contact with all these other civilisations, made him forget some hard truths.
This is also a book about second chances in love, in work, in relationships…in life in general. Marek and Adrian might be polar opposites, but once upon a time they were insaparable. This kind of love doesn’t just disappear. It’s still here, it just needs some more work and compromising.
“I will never run away. You ‘re my first love. Around you, I know who I am.”
The steam here is low for K.A.Merikan standars but the slow burn is delicious! There is so much chemistry and the fact that the MCs are so different serves to highlight it.
The food! Polish food is a whole different chapter here. I love Polish cuisine and I ‘ve tried the real thing, cooked by Poles who know their way around a kitchen. The descriptions here made me salivate! I find Adrian’s business venture, Jars to be a brilliant idea! I hope this really is a thing.
This book addresses important issues like homophobia and immigration, but don’t let that fool you. It is a very sweet, quirky, and original story. Recommended!