Gibraltar (Maya’s Review)


Title: Gibraltar
Author: Cristina Bruni
Publisher: self published
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Genre(s): Historical, Novella
Page Count: 80
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Benjamin Scott is a fair man and a fearless sea captain, but his heart is broken. A while back, during a fierce battle in the West Indies, he witnessed the death of his best man, Jack, who fell into the sea before Ben had the chance to confess his love to him.
In Gibraltar, he happens to run into a stranger, John, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. A friendship grows between the two men, soon turning to love. This time, will Benjamin find the courage to confess his love, before losing John as well?


The story is imbued with colorful descriptions but scenes jump from one to another leaving somewhat disjointed impression. It also looks like Benjamin is married, and I don’t like cheating in romance books.

Ben thinks he saw a ghost when he sees a blond man in a bookshop. The beginning of the book clearly conveys how painfully he is missing Jack. There is a surprisingly moving introspective piece in keeping with period’s morals. The stranger’s appearance in Benjamin’s life is both a blessing and a curse. The ghost from Ben’s past is alive, but Jack doesn’t remember anything. Every moment they spend together is a sweet torture for Benjamin.

Interestingly enough, they weren’t lovers before Jack’s disappearance. Two men are connected by deep friendship and half formed but unspoken hopes.

Switches to the other’s man POV are sudden and confusing. The ending was disappointing to me. It is a happy ending, and interesting in its own way, just not what I was expecting. I felt cheated and it spoiled my impression of men’s relationship and the story overall.

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Galley copy of Gibraltar provided by the Author in exchange of an honest review.

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