Interpretive Hearts (Bob-O-Link’s Review)


Title: Interpretive Hearts
Author: Amanda Meuwissen
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 155
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Love is easy once you learn the steps.

In the competitive world of dance, Teddy was a flawless performer and hardass choreographer who students feared and admired in equal measure. But hip surgery ended the glamour and drama, and now Teddy is recovering at his beach house, lost and listless.

Until he meets Finn, his neighbor, who is too perfect, gorgeous, and kind to exist—but very ill timed. In a seaside town as small as theirs, they can’t avoid each other, especially since Finn is also Teddy’s new physical therapist. But Teddy isn’t the man he used to be, and though Finn flirts shamelessly with him, Teddy can’t believe a has-been dancer is worthy of someone so young and full of life.

Finn’s sunny smile is also hiding heartache. Pursuing Teddy challenges both his professionalism and his self-preservation, but if he can convince Teddy to trust him, maybe they both can heal.

REVIEW:

If you are drawn to a sweet, nicely-paced, love story about two men irresistibly growing
into a relationship – Interpretive Hearts is just for you! Teddy and Finn, blessedly, aren’t
kids stumbling into a youthful affair. No, these are two grown-ass men. They’ve been
around the block, and life has readied them for the real thing. What’s more, they are so
very likeable that the reader immediately roots for their HEA.

Ms Neuwissen’s writing is just the right tone for their relationship. How nice it is when
two adults engage in clever repartee. Teddy: “I’d prefer to keep dancing. My body
disagrees.” Finn: “Well, it’s a body worth listening to.” Yes, this is how two interesting
(and interested) men talk to each other, electricity abuzz “like there was a storm brewing
outside.”

Interpretative Hearts is about a lovely new beginning for two men who are ready, and
who really need another chance for love. [“Teddy was an asshole. He knew that. He
didn’t try very hard not to be.” And: “Finn was broken and didn’t want to drag Teddy into
his mess of shards, even though Teddy was nothing but pieces too.”] Interpretive Hearts
is a mood piece with enough action and tension to engage the reader’s time and attention.
Teddy is finally ready to move past all his “only if’s . . . ” and to use those losses to treat
with his life’s present questions. Finn, too, is ready to confront his ghosts and move
ahead.

We are witnesses to that beginning, a trip to that HEA which is surely awaiting us at the
end. Periodically, Ms Meuwissen pertly reminds us of the appropriate stations along their
way. “Finn, who knew Teddy was interested and was interested right back, pushing only
slightly, most of the time accidentally, . . .” During the journey, the reader becomes
familiar with our heroes’ idiosyncracies. We learn how their respective histories have
made them the characters we now see. So sweet – their respective physical and emotional
pains allow their attractions to develop slowly and beautifully. And the secondary figures
and episodes surrounding them are added zest to the voyage.

And, lest you think this reviewer had failed to notice, grown-ass men really know what to
do in bed.


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Galley copy of Interpretive Hearts provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I'm a retired professional. My husband and I, each with an ex-wife, between us have six married children and 10 grandchildren. We both read voraciously, with a strong leaning to gay romance and HEA. Stories with a little (okay, even loads of) sex, and a lot of tears, always pleases.