Title: Three Months to Forever (World of Love Series)
Author: Hudson Lin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, BDSM
Page Count: 134
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
Ben is looking for an adventure when he accepts a temporary assignment in Hong Kong, but he never anticipates how his life might change when he meets a sophisticated, intriguing man named Sai. Their initial attraction is sizzling and soon grows into more as Sai takes Ben on a tour of the city’s famous landmarks and introduces him to the local cuisine. Sai stimulates Ben’s intellect and curiosity, and for jaded corporate lawyer Sai, Ben’s innocent eagerness is a breath of fresh air. It would be so easy to fall in love….
But nothing is that simple. Sai’s job forces him to do things that violate his morals, and the difficult dynamics with his family is a major obstacle to any lasting relationship with Ben. Back in Toronto, Ben’s father is ill, and can he really leave behind his home for a man he’s only known a short time? With the clock ticking, they must decide whether to risk it all and turn three months into forever.
Premise of the book is Ben accepts a three month temporary position in Hong Kong. During a meet ‘n greet during his first days in country, he’s introduced to the enigmatic Sai. Over the course of the week their paths cross again, and the attraction becomes mutual. During the coming months, the two dance around cultural differences – Ben being Canadian, Sai being Chinese and their work differences. Ben enjoys his job, Sai is in a morally questionable work position and doesn’t see a way out without offending his parents. As Josh’s three months come to a close, both men find themselves caught between worlds.
I liked this book immensely. I think what factored into my enjoyment was the look at cultural differences and how a generation is straddling the line between cultural expectations and a modernizing, forward thinking, progressive world. I also liked the dollup’s of history and geography scattered through-out the book. It wasn’t a lot, but enough to add to the background and basis for the plot and romance.
My couple of issues with the story are pretty small – I would have liked to have seen more of Ben in his work environment. I felt we only saw Ben at parties and going out with Sai. There was one scene at work where he was seeking a translation from a co-worker, but pretty insubstantial. I did say these were small issues – but admiring someone’s ass through dress pants. Have you seen men’s dress pants? You are not going to be able to oogle cut thighs, rippling calf muscles or tight asses through a pair of dress pants. Just say’in, physical descriptions in improbable clothes is a quirk of mine.
I’m on the fence with this being insta-love, I know of married couples who dated for four, six months and were married within the year (and are still married). The relationship did grow from physical attraction into something more, there was the mental connection with Ben’s interest in the history of Hong Kong which helped, and the emotional fulfillment. Was declarations still a bit fast for me? A bit, but there was a good balance of physical, emotional and mental which helped.
Dreamspinner does note the genre as being BDSM/Contemporary – the BDSM is on the light and mild end of the spectrum.
Ultimately, an enjoyable story that highlighted some cultural differences and developed a good rapport between the two men.