Meet Me in Shanghai (World of Love)

Title: Meet Me in Shanghai (World of Love series)
Author: Luca Domani
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 3, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 62
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Blurb:

What are the odds of meeting your perfect match in a city of twenty-four million people—halfway around the world?

Software engineer Jeff has never set foot outside North America when his company sends him to Shanghai. It’s daunting to say the least, and Jeff is soon lost. He’s rescued by Chinese American banker Greg—a man who immediately sparks Jeff’s desire. But in a city so large and chaotic, what are the chances that they’ll bump into each other again?

When they do, a vigorous friendship forms despite Greg’s devotion to his high-powered—and high-stress—career. Both men want more, but Greg never takes things further, and Jeff’s time in China is running out. Soon he has only one night left. Will it be a last night together as friends… or the beginning of something that can last despite the distance between them?


In “Meet Me in Shanghai,” the author does a wonderful job of introducing Shanghai and its culture – street food, traffic, museums, sculpture gardens, Buddhist temples, history, attitudes, etc. But the book is less successful in creating a layered realistic romantic relationship. At the beginning of his two-and-a-half week business trip to Shanghai, software engineer Jeff meets expat Greg on the street while trying to find his office, but when they meet again at his coffee shop Jeff’s interest is definitely sparked. Over the course of his stay in Shanghai, Jeff “had spent half a day, a coffee and two meals with Greg; it wasn’t much.”

There is little chemistry between Jeff and Greg, and on Jeff’s last evening in Shanghai, their mutual interest finally turns physical (and yes, the resulting sex scene is pretty hot) but at this point, we’re at the 75% point. More character development for Jeff and Greg, and additional on-page time for their relationship to grow and develop is needed, IMHO, and while the final chapters help clarify their relationship, the remainder of the story feels rushed. 3 stars.

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