Title: No River Wide Enough
Author: Mel Bossa
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: April 11th 2018
Genre(s): MM Romance, historical
Page Count: 213
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Two years ago, Chris and his boyfriend escaped the turmoil of the big city to settle in a small town at the US-Canada border. Eager to settle into forever, Chris bought the Frontier Café and Bakery. A year later, his boyfriend dumps him, leaving Chris the only gay man in town and resigned to a life of romantic solitude and baked goods.
Hank is a loner who’s spent the last ten years travelling through the country for his job as a water plant engineer. Deeply closeted, he’s extremely careful about the men he meets. Like the rivers he studies during his travels, he flows fast through the land, never slowing down enough to be caught.
In town only for a few weeks on a water treatment facility project, he’s intent on getting the job done and returning home out west to take care of his father. But when he sets eyes on the local ginger baker standing behind a table full of decadent desserts, the temptation is too much to resist.
This novel was a tough nut to crack. BUT ONLY during the first 30%.
It is why, on the one hand, I can understand the readers who DNF it within these cursing percentage. On the other hand, I feel pity for these readers. Because the remaining 70% was just amazing
…but they may never know it.
For the second part of the book I can’t give anything less than 5 stars. But you have to be patient to get there.
No River Wide Enough is a SLOW-PACED romance that told you about two lonely men who found each other, fell in love with each other, but who first had to overcome obstacles, conquered their own difficulties and met the right decisions to be together. I really want to emphasize that this is a slow-pacing romance, not a slow-burning one. I think it was the reason why it took me so long to come through the first 30%. There is a lot of insta-love in the first part, that I didn’t expect from a slow-burning romance, and I’m not a fan of it. But even if Chris and Hank knew relatively soon about their feelings, it was not an easy way to their HEA. Exactly THAT PART is actually a great story.
The author has a very pleasant writing style, quiet, smooth, beautiful. Maybe not a book that stays with you forever, but this love story won’t leave you indifferent.