Author: Marina Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance/Humor
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Friday, 23 January
The cat funeral.
Yeah, that happened today. I went and participated in—aided and abetted?—a cat funeral.
London life is tough on idealists. In an ideal world, after years of flirtation, Leo would be cosily settled down with Jack, his long-time crush. In an ideal world, Jack wouldn’t now be engaged to a woman. And in an ideal world, Leo would move on.
When handsome new neighbour Alex moves in opposite Leo, an opportunity to do so presents itself. But Alex is working class, poorer than Leo, and probably straight. While Jack’s engagement unravels, and Leo’s friendship with Alex deepens, will Leo manage to find happiness with the right man? Or will he succumb to his enemies: self-doubt, family expectations, and pride?
Told in diary form, this is both the story of a love triangle in London and the chronicle of a man’s struggles to confront his self-image and overcome his insecurity.
This book is written in diary form from Leo’s POV. It is a documentation of Leo’s life. His perceptions, feelings and interpretations of things that happen to him in his life. Given this, don’t expect insight on behalf of the other characters. In fact, there are a few parts in the story, mainly after the breakup, that I wish I had Alex’s POV. Case in point: Michael who wants to be more than friends with Alex, yet Alex is oblivious to it all. It would have been nice to know what was going on, if anything, during their “break”, but….nope. Needless to say, at those times I felt like I was missing out on information that might have been possibly going on behind the scenes.
Let me just say, this is a very humorous read, not to mention enjoyable. I loved, yes LOVED Leo’s witty and snarky behavior. Seriously, the boy needs it when it comes to his family. Even though Leo’s family is accepting, they treat him as if he’s a slacker. When in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Leo not only holds a PhD, but he lectures at the university and has written articles that have been published in Journals. All of this and he is only 29. I know, right!?!
You would think he would take great care and learn from his parents actions, but as you guessed it….nope. He in turn treats Alex unfairly, making him feel less for his chosen profession, and it is just upsetting. Seriously, for what they have together, to almost come to an end because of something so small and ridiculous, is really frustrating. Thank goodness one of them, coughs Alex, has his head on straight and helps Leo realize what really matters. That same person also had the courage to make the first move.
With that said, I hope there might be a continuation of the story with a second diary or an alternate viewpoint; possibly from Alex’s POV. Regardless, we are left with a beautifully written ending with much hope for both characters finding their HEA with each other.
Side Note: You cannot help but love Leo’s friend Lucy and all her raunchy lines. Seriously, they are highlight worthy.