Title: Like Two Parting Seas (States of Love)
Author: Zhara Freytes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 30, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 49
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
After two years of internet chats and crappy video calls, Nathan and Leonardo will finally meet face-to-face, and the anticipation is killing them both. Their slow-simmering desire to be together soon boils over as Nathan shows Leo around his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Witty conversation fills their days, passion fills their nights, and both young men know they belong in each other’s lives. But how can a romance, let alone a relationship, work when Nathan’s career is in Boise and Leo must soon return to his home in Italy? Since neither is ready to say goodbye to the budding love affair, they’re determined to find a solution before the end of Leo’s holiday.
Nathan from Boise, Idaho and Leonardo from Italy first met online two years ago and are now finally meeting face-to-face when Leo visits Nathan in Boise for 2 weeks. During that time, the two men explore sites around Boise as they attempt to define their relationship and where it will lead.
Throughout the novella, Nathan and Leo talk about how they need to define their relationship and the next step, but nothing is really brought up until around 92% and the story quickly ends with a HFN. I found it very frustrating, especially in such a short novella, that we get a lot of:
He just doesn’t know what’s acceptable to tell you when you two haven’t even established what you are yet. and He’d hoped […] they would be closer to figuring out where they wanted to go with their relationship, but with a week left, he didn’t know if much more was going to come out of it […].
This novella feels more like a vignette in that the plot is basically the two men getting to know each other better. We don’t really get a clear sense of the MC’s dynamic nor how they moved from friends online to the possibility of something more; most of the sex here is off-page or lightly described adding to the feeling of uncertainty. Like Two Parting Seas is a miss for me and I give it 3 stars, but I would welcome the opportunity to read more by this author in a longer format.
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