Book Review – But To Love More by Foster Bridget Cassidy

A Holiday to Remember 2017
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Pages: 59
Characters: Mel/Carlos
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Mel finally gets to go home for Christmas. In his absence, his hometown has changed, and Carlos, his best friend’s little brother, is all grown up and interested in a relationship. But Carlos has his work cut out for him since Mel’s having trouble seeing past the little brother part and his big brother, Aldo’s determined to keep them apart.

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But to Love More is a sweet story about two men who reconnect and whose friendship blossoms into love. It’s low on angst, and I loved the feeling of family throughout the story. Even Aldo, who is determined to keep them apart, is only acting out of love for his brother and friend, and because he cares. I liked Mel’s realisation that what he has with Carlos is what he’s been missing in previous relationships and the focus on the importance of friendship and feeling comfortable within a relationship. I especially loved the sense of community in this story, and the final scene especially left me with a lovely fuzzy feeling. The characters are well drawn and easy to like, and I loved Carlos’ grandmother and how she steps in at the end of the story.

Although this story is set around Christmas, I think it’s one that will be enjoyed at any time of year. I’d recommend it to readers who enjoy a sweet romance with likeable characters that is low on angst and has a wonderful sense of family and community. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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