From Brussels, With Love (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: From Brussels, With Love
Author: Emy Calirel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 156
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Dispirited after a recent breakup, Irish project manager Trevor is guilted into a trip to Brussels with his best friend. A chance meeting with cute and funny tour guide Jerome turns into a weekend of sex and friendship. Forgetting his phone at Jerome’s apartment shifts their fling into a long-distance relationship held together by postcards, texts, and stolen weekends. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart—Trevor is a workaholic who values his success, while artistic Jerome is carefree but insecure.

Starting a life together means facing major challenges, but the loving words they’ve shared build a bridge across the sea—one that might let them meet in the middle.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

In “From Brussels with Love,” one of the MCs (Jerome) is basically a part-time tour guide and through him, the author does an admirable job in portraying life in Brussels, Belgium and giving us historical information. Throughout the book we get a keen sense of the setting and I like how this book exemplifies The World of Love series from Dreamspinner Press.

I also like the basics of the plot – Trevor and Jerome meet during Trevor’s vacation / forced leave from work and have a steamy holiday fling. Upon Trevor’s return home, the two men continue to talk and text and this begins a series of short weekend visits. There’s a lot of hot sex and you can sense the chemistry between the two men, but I never felt I really knew either character and with that lack of in-depth character development, the love story between Trevor and Jerome did not engage me as much as the setting. Although the book was relatively short, I had to struggle to stay engaged in the plot and romance.

Without belaboring the fact, I think I’m simply going to have to say this may be a perfect example of “It’s not YOU …. it’s ME.” My fellow reviewer here at Gay Book Reviews, Bob-O-Link, has done a perfectly lovely review of the book and I wish I could say this book held the same fascination for me, but sadly it does not. Please take this review with a huge helping of “Your Mileage May Vary.” 3.5 stars for “From Brussels, With Love.”

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