Title: Patchwork Paradise
Author: Indra Vaughn
Publisher: Indra Ink
Release Date: August 8th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 205 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
Oliver and Sam have been together since they were ten. Their lives have been almost picture-perfect and, with the wedding day around the corner, they’re the happiest they’ve even been until the unthinkable happens and Ollie is left shattered, alone, and heartbroken.
Ollie’s friends and mom give him all the support he needs through the long grief process, and as he slowly regains his footing he begins to notice one of those friends, Thomas. But time and circumstances seem to work against the two coming together as a couple, until one day when everything seems to align, only to break apart with news that Thomas has a son he didn’t know about.
I loved getting to see Ollie get back on his feet and seeing him figure out that Thomas is another chance at love. Told in Ollie’s single POV the author never lets the grief or sadness overwhelm the story. The supporting characters, and Sam’s parents, provide sub plots that shock and intrigue and keep the reader invested. There are some time jumps and the conclusion seemed a bit rushed for me, but overall I enjoyed Patchwork Paradise.
Anyone who is a fan of hurt/comfort and/or friends to lovers romances should definitely check out this lovely, heartbreaking, and very sweet romance with light angst, and a sweet, happy ending.
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