Title: Honeymoon for One
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: September 27, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 286
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart.
Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried, his kids are grown, and he’s left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia’s East Coast, Clay reckons he’s happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he’s a bit lonely, it’s not the end of the world.
Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged man of Ethan’s dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.
Honeymoon for One is a gay romance by Keira Andrews featuring a May-December age difference, a slow burn of newfound friends to lovers, first-time m/m sex, and of course a happy ending.
Ethan’s beloved deceased mother always hoped he would find the boy of his dreams, and Ethan believes that marrying Michael is fulfilling that wish … until he comes home the day before his wedding to find his fiance and their best friend Todd together in bed. Then Michael and Todd have the balls to suggest a polyamorous relationship, and Ethan ends up going on their 3-week Australian honeymoon alone.
Ethan is a late-deafened adult, with hearing loss starting while in college. Andrews does a stellar job of bringing it home to us just how much Ethan has been affected by the hearing loss – depression at first, difficulty in hearing in large crowds, being treated like a child, people yelling at him, the constant need to ask people to repeat themselves, etc. – that keen sense of isolation. Add Ethan’s humiliation of being on his honeymoon in the place he’s always wanted to visit – alone – and my heart just breaks for Ethan at the beginning of the book.
The relationship between Ethan and the bus driver Clay develops over the course of the tour, as Ethan comes to realize how Michael was wrong for him in so many ways, while Clay finds what he has been unknowingly missing all along. We know these characters and become invested in their lives and their romance is an absolutely delightful love story because we care about these two men.
I love the flow of this story, as the two men slowly peel away their pasts and we meet Clay’s family and learn about his life, and adore the extended ending and epilogue. This is a beautiful love story beautifully constructed and lovingly told and I highly recommend it. 5 stars.
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