Title: Buyout – A Love Story
Author: Dev Bentham
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 69
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.
When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease?
Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.
“Buyout – A Love Story” is a beautifully crafted story of two men, Sean and Martim, who were lovers in college ten years ago and meet again when Sean is sent to Lisbon to begin foreclosure proceedings on Martim’s hotel. When Sean spies Martim from afar, he has the realization:
I knew. So many years later and I knew as if it was yesterday. Martim. The sight of his graceful stride and long, lean body washed away the years. I’d been fooling myself into thinking I could love anyone else. He was going to hate me forever after this week.
The plot is well plotted and the setting is basically a love letter to Lisbon, but this all serves as a backdrop to Sean and Martim finding one another again. Their chemistry is palpable and intense and yet with an underlying sense of sadness. These two men have “so much shared history, so much shared distance.” Despite how their relationship ended, Sean describes Martim with such love and with such poignancy – “No one ever looked at me like Martim had. Like I was precious. I’d loved looking into his eyes. Kind. Even in the bad times he had kind eyes.”
For a short story (only 69 pages), “Buyout” felt whole and complete and the wildly romantic ending pulled everything together beautifully. I recommend it and give 4.5 stars to “Buyout: A Love Story.”
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