The Evolution of Love (Larissa’s Review)

Title: The Evolution of Love
Author: Phillip William Stover
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 20, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 120
Reviewed by: Larissa
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


When a charming but misguided account manager gets stuck on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands with his hunky zoologist ex, he might rediscover his true passion—in and out of the bedroom.

After art school, Mike Davis gave up on his dream in favor of a stable job. But when he gets an opportunity to teach wealthy travelers how to paint stunning sunsets, it seems like the perfect break. Until he finds out he’ll be sharing a suite with his ex, charismatic Benton Aldridge—a British scientist cuter than the baby animals he studies. Mike makes it clear he has no intention of getting back together with Benton, but sharing a suite makes it almost impossible keep his distance.

As they climb over volcanic peaks and swim with manatees through sparkling jade-colored water, can they also heal past wounds and take the next step in the evolution of love?


The Evolution of Love is a charming story about the courage to change, wrapped up in a funny but sweet story with a little bit of camp.

The Evolution of Love is told in present tense from the point of view of Mike. Mike is an artist at heart and a good one at that, but he chose a stable job instead. One that cost him his boyfriend. However fate and a scheming aunt Penny, bring them both together on a journey of a lifetime or will it?

I really liked The Evolution of Love. Have I mentioned I liked it? It doesn’t even matter that it is written in present tense. The story is well written and fun with good characters and a main character you can relate too. It’s clear that the author has some training in writing as the story is well formed and the technical writing is strong and the words flow. You just can’t help but love Mike and the crazy situations he gets into.

I did think the romance was a little absent, but that is because we don’t really get to know Benton. The story is mostly Mike’s journey of change set in a gorgeous location. The author writes in such a way that it almost feels like we’re at the Galapagos islands too.

The story is well paced, though the ending could have extended a little more compared to the rest.

All in all The Evolution of Love is a cozy romance with great characters. Have I mentioned I love Penny?


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Galley copy of The Evolution of Love provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.
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