Title: An American in Venice (World of Love)
Author: Luca Domani
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 80 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Tom has always been steady and predictable—a formula he’s sure will lead him to success in his career. When his method fails him and he loses his job, he throws caution to the wind for the first time in his life and books a European holiday.
Maybe Tom shouldn’t be surprised that Cupid’s arrow finds him in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Venice, Italy. When he encounters Giovanni working in the family pizzeria, it’s lust at first sight. Their time together touring the city is so magical it feels like a dream. But Tom is shy while Giovanni is charming and flirtatious. Tom has a newfound freedom with his unemployment, while family burdens weigh heavily on Giovanni. Add culture differences and miscommunication into the mix, and their brief romance might fade as quickly as the beautiful dream it resembles.
Laid off from his position as an engineer in a Boston biotech firm, Tom decides to take his severance and travel to Europe, starting with Venice. His first night in soggy Venice he meets gorgeous half-Italian half-Japanese Giovanni at a pizzeria. Giovanni is manning the restaurant while his parents are on vacation, but dreams of being a chef and travelling. The two men begin a romance, with their sexual relationship being more of a simmer than a sizzle, and explore Venice.
At just 80 pages, the romance is insta-love without a lot of character development. As far as the setting, we get some glimpses of Venice, but there are a lot of minutiae about Tom’s sightseeing and there is a bit of manufactured angst near the end before Tom and Giovanni get a HFN ending. While I like the bones of this story, it needs a few more pages to more fully develop the relationship and take advantage of the gorgeous Venice setting. My rating is 3.25 stars (which is right on the cusp of “Good book, recommended with caution” and “Good book, recommended” here at Gay Book Reviews). While An American in Venice was a bit of a mess for me, I would definitely read the next book by this author.
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