Title: Somewhere on Mackinac (States of Love)
Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 3, 2017
Page Count: 113
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
How far would you go for the man of your dreams?
Now that he’s single, Chicago businessman Jordan Monroe can finally take his long-desired trip to Mackinac Island for the Somewhere In Time fan celebration weekend. On the first day, Jordan finds himself attracted to Miles Colter, a handsome local stable owner who is giving horseback tours of film locations.
Jordan is surprised and charmed that Miles pursues him. When Jordan learns the stable is in trouble, he wants to help despite Miles’s resistance. As their relationship grows personally and professionally, Jordan dreads the issues that face them—an ex who won’t let him go, the complications of a long-distance relationship, and a secret he knows he shouldn’t be keeping.
Can Jordan and Miles find a way to forge a love as timeless as the romance in their favorite film?
When I saw the title and book cover, I knew I had to read this one. I spent three days on Mackinac Island this past October, a week before the Island wrapped up the season. Which, ironically, is about the same time frame as the book. I, however, did not stay at the Grand Hotel. A tich out of my price range, even for a special occasion splurge.
Premise of the book is Jordan is taking a much needed vacation from work and his ex: he’s going to spend a weekend at a Somewhere In Time convention at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac. There he meets Miles, a local, who runs a stable catering to horse rides, carriage rides, and tours. The two have an immediate connection, but business might come between the two men before they have the opportunity to see where their budding attraction leads.
I enjoyed the setting, even more so having just been there. I could easily follow where the characters went, I could relate to the weather (though it was nicer in the book than on my vacation) and the island sights as they were being described. I thought the idea of a small movie convention as backdrop was interesting, and was a bit disappointed it became an aside – as was the family Jordan befriended – as the plot progressed.
However, for as much as I loved reading about Mackinac, the romance never jelled for me and in fact, kinda rubbed me the wrong way. Weird? Right? For myself, the connection between Jordan and Miles was pure insta-love and while that was perhaps the point, the emotional connection never solidified in my mind.
Add in The Big Misunderstanding, the dramatic break-up, and following resolution, any romantic interest was gone for me.
I think what everything could have benefited from would have been a longer story. More time to flesh out Jordan’s issues with his ex. More time to build the attraction between Jordan and Miles so when the Bit Misunderstanding happened, it didn’t feel so out of proportion with the budding romance.
So, bottom line for me was Yay! Setting! Meh. Romance.