Famous on the Internet #2
Famous travel blogger returns home to have his life thrown off balance by his high school crush.
Dante Sandford is at the top of his game. He’s paid to travel the world and share his spicy stories on his blog. He’s still young, gorgeous, and confident. When Dante’s high school reunion knocks on his door, he’s reminded of everything he’s lacking. More so when his old crush, Tommy Clancy, makes a pass at him. Or when the hot romance blows in Dante’s face because of his lifestyle.
Tommy has always been the hottest man in Riverbrook. Possibly the world. He’s stunning, smart, and the kindest soul Dante has ever known. He’s also read Dante’s blog along with all his steamy encounters. No wonder Tommy doesn’t trust Dante for anything more than a casual hookup.
Dante returns to hometown Riverbrook to face his past of bullying and feeling like a misfit. He instead ends up dealing with the reality of being a travel blogger: relationships are close to impossible. That won’t stop Dante from trying to convince Tommy his short-lived flings are not by design.
I enjoyed this contemporary romance which is told from Dante’s POV. The characters are likeable and easy to visualise. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the different places that Dante visits, and the ‘inside’ look at those locations. I loved Dante’s SKYPE call with his mother—her good humour came across well, and her reaction to him coming home was very much a mother’s reaction. The supporting cast are fun while being protective and encouraging Dante when he needs it. Some of the scenes with Dante’s friends Chris and Paul are amusing, as the different personalities come into play.
I liked how both Dante and Tommy were both insecure in their own way about this new relationship, and I thought their reactions were very realistic, as were the hurdles they needed to overcome. Having their previous relationships impact their fears of what could happen worked well, and I liked that they had to work through all that to get their happy ending. It was also interesting seeing Tommy’s reaction to things Dante hadn’t thought of with all the travelling he does.
I’d recommend Travel and Spice to readers who enjoy a contemporary romance with likeable characters with interesting occupations. 4 out of 5 stars.