Title: Honeymoon for One
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: September 27th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 286 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The wedding is off, but the love story is just beginning.
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.
Honeymoon for One by Keira Andrews is what romance is all about.
hurt/comfort/healing + age gap + slow burn + sexual tension + OFY + KA =
In this story, we get two men who are at different stages in their lives. Ethan finds himself in Australia on the trip of a lifetime except he’s alone on what was supposed to be his honeymoon. He’d just recently come out of a deep depression after the loss of his parents and his hearing. Ethan felt like he was finally coming out of it only to discover his fiance and best friend had been betraying him for years. He calls off the wedding but decides to go on his honeymoon anyways; while there he meets Clay. Older, kind, sexy Clay.
-Lovely main characters. I found myself wanting these men to be real- I want to meet them and befriend them!
-Realistic. Ethan’s hearing loss was (I felt) handled respectfully and with care. Clay’s discovery of his demisexuality came across as genuine.
-Slow burn. I’m a sucker for a couple that begins as just friends and whose feelings grow into more. The notepad scene: ♥♥♥
-Sexual discovery. Clay had repressed his feelings, but something about Ethan brought forth the longing of wanting to be with someone.
-Age gap. I'm glad that it was never a big issue between them. They were both adults and respected each other. They were both honest with each other and communicated!
-No contrived, unnecessary family drama.
-And the end- heart melting.