Book Review – Love Limited Edition by Elle Keaton


Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Pages: 62
Characters: Rory/Brett
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
Rory Hoyle is visiting his hometown of Hollyridge, always a stressful experience. Rory’s parents don’t understand him and, frankly, he doesn’t understand them. One final ‘what are you doing with your life’, pushes him to the breaking point and Rory storms out of their house into the cold winter evening with no idea where he’s heading.

After the death of his partner, Brett Tanner never thought he’d love again, it was too much to ask, or want. That is until Rory stumbles into his bookstore one evening awakening his heart. But, is it too much? Is he betraying his first love by finding himself attracted to the sexy, but socially awkward, younger man?

Will bookish magic, an adorable dog and a little assistance from their friends help Brett and Rory realize the world is what you make of it? That a chance at happiness is something to be seized, not tossed aside?

Buy Link

Review

I love small town romances, and the atmosphere in this story hit all the right spots. The descriptions are fabulous, and I especially loved the bookshop and the wine tasting bar. Lazy Dog Books is a perfect name for a bookshop as it invokes everything a friendly small town bookshop should be. I also loved Lucille, the dog that inspired the name.

The characters drew me into the story immediately, and I was invested in Brett and Rory both as a couple who are interested in each other at first sight, and as individuals. I really liked the family vibe of this story, and how although it’s Brett and Rory’s story, it’s very much about them reconnecting with their families too. The epilogue made me happy, especially the scene that gives the story its title.

The supporting cast come across as very real, and have quirky personalities of their own. I especially liked Jaime and Dag, and Skylar is wonderfully colourful. Audrey grew on me as the story progressed, as did Jeff, who I hope gets his own HEA.

I loved this cute feel good story about love, bookshops, and a dog who is a character in her own right. 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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
This entry was posted in book review. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.