Somewhere on Mackinac (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Somewhere on Mackinac (States of Love)
Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 3, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 113
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.63 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?

If you’re a fan of the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time you’ll enjoy this story set on Mackinac Island during the annual Somewhere in Time weekend the end of October. Jeff Adams frames his story of Miles and Jordan with that of Richard and Elise from the film and beautifully captures the pace of island life where residents travel by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage.

In some ways the movie is so simple, if you look past the time travel. Two people drawn together for reasons they don’t even understand. They pushed back against those keeping them apart and formed a bond for all time. I wanted that when I was sixteen. Now that I was closer to forty, I wanted it even more—the romance, a soul mate, maybe a family.

Jordan is a Chicago businessman specializing in connecting businesses with investors, while Miles owns a horse stable on the island and does horse and carriage rides as well as tours. Their relationship develops quickly and is not defined by sex-on-every-surface but rather island sunsets, dancing at the Grand Hotel, home-cooked dinners and stargazing which fits beautifully into the old-school charm of the setting. I liked the flow of this story and the gentle chemistry between Jordan and Miles although a few plot points irked me (Jordan’s thoroughly annoying ex-boyfriend Drake and the Big Misunderstanding that feels a bit forced). However, but on the whole I enjoyed this story of romance and its beautiful setting. 3.5 stars.

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