- Loose Id
- Release Date
- February 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jonathan looks back on his career-focused life and sees nothing but empty years behind him. His desire for success has left him without a single happy memory, and completely alone.
While shocked by the news, he stumbles into Nino: a man without a steady job, without a permanent home and, as happy as a person can be. On the spur of the moment they set off to an adventure by the sea, with good food, loads of sun, and rising attraction. Only both hide secrets from each other as they fight against the sparks that keep on lighting the flames.
They set out for some fun, but found the adventure of both of their lives...
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.
Apr 10, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
279 people found the following review helpful
I heard mention that two of the greatest fears any man can have is speaking in public and facing death. The first one is pretty negotiable but the second one is not.
Jonathan Morgan is a successful lawyer. He has everything money can buy except a cure for his brain tumor. His doctor gives him only a couple of months to live. After learning of his impending fate, he feels numb and is unable to focus on his work so he decides to take the day off.
Nino Herc is astride his bike on his delivery route when a dazed Jonathan accidentally bumps into him. Nino falls and twists his ankle. Jonathan surprises himself by helping Nino and takes him home. After learning about Nino's job-hopping status and plans for the summer on an island, Jonathan decides to have a vacation himself. On impulse, he then hires Nino as guide and companion. Their summer together is one getaway that neither will ever forget for the rest of their lives.
Jonathan and Nino are a study in contrast. They are poles apart in their background, in the way they speak and dress up and how each view life in general. For all his knowledge of commercial law, Jonathan is "uneducated" in the ways of the world. He has no one to share his successes and accomplishments. Save for Jerry, his trusted office partner, Jonathan has no friends, no family, no social life. He is alone. Nino, on the other hand, is free spirited. Despite not having a steady job, he is an optimist and a survivor. They only have one thing in common -- secrets that neither one of them wish to disclose to the other.
I loved the way the author developed the plot -- from the minute the two men met, their stay at the island to the moment when their attraction for each other could no longer be denied and all is revealed. If this were a play on stage, I could break down the scenes into acts but as a novel, everything flowed naturally and smoothly at each turn of the page. Even though the book is told in both Jonathan and Nino's points of view in alternating chapters, there were no breaks or abrupt stops to distract me. I actually prefer this style as it helps me get to know the characters and their thoughts really well. In fact it took some degree of control on my part not to peek ahead and I guarantee you that the last few pages are as compelling as the first ones.
I could never get enough of LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE. The characters are endearing, the setting is picture perfect and the writing is just plain beautiful. Valentina Heart has crafted a wonderful novel about friendship, self-discovery, acceptance and love. If there is an m/m book that you must read, this is one of them.
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Mar 19, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
277 people found the following review helpful
Brain cancer is a life-changing event. Jonathan has no family and few friends. He focused purely on his career. He's wealthy and successful with a large office and great condo. It's debatable if his Pathfinder defines wealth. Personally, the Porsche Cayenne screams wealthy more than a Pathfinder. The inoperable brain cancer and less than two months to live is a wakeup call for Jonathan. He's worked so hard to succeed in his life and what happens? He doesn't even enjoy the fruits of his labour. He can't recall the last time he went on vacation.
Lost and confused, Jonathan literally trips over Nino. Nino is the antithesis of Jonathan. He's the happily little grasshopper playing and enjoying life. He's never held a steady job and he lives in the moment. It's serendipity they meet as Nino is the perfect companion to help Jonathan live out the last days of his life.
This story is really a story about first times and discovery. I like Ms. Heart's stories because there is always a moral to them. Perhaps I'm reading too deeply into her stories; perhaps it's because I feel she's teaching about life lessons through a story of "what if". In this one, I learn that focus may be great, but without stopping to experience life and "smell the roses", I'll end up missing the best part to living. We can't take for granted that we will always have good health and enjoy our successes. Tomorrow are no guarantees. It's not to say that we should all mimic the happy go lucky grasshopper, but we shouldn't be the ant who works so hard and dies without tasting the fruits we grow.
Nino is able to help Jonathan enjoy his last summer by something as simple as listening to music. Jonathan learns how to interact on an intimate level that he never experienced. Essentially this last summer, away from the office, Jonathan tries to complete everything in his bucket list. Nino is there every step of the way, unknowingly fulfilling the last wishes of a dying man.
When Jonathan's condition is finally revealed to Nino, there is a terrible falling out. I'm saddened for both of them -- Jonathan for not placing enough faith in Nino and Nino for finally finding the love of his life only to have it ripped away. This summer together was a magical time for both of them. Of course, since this is a Ms. Heart story, there is a happily ever after. I recommend this story for people who need a wakeup call that doesn't involve incurable disease. Readers who enjoy m/m romances built on friendship and companionship; this is the one for you.
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Apr 22, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
175 people found the following review helpful
If you found out you only had a few months to live, what changes would you make in your life?
Jonathan Morgan has just been handed a death sentence in the form of a tumor. As he reflects on his life, he realizes that he's been extremely lonely for way too long. Fate has him meeting Nino Herc, and an impulsive decision has Jonathan hiring Nico to cook for him as he takes an extended vacation.
Jonathan was regimented in his life as a lawyer and in his every movement. This was the complete opposite of the free-spirited Nino who treasures every moment and embraces life. I enjoyed watching these two spend time together while becoming friends and then lovers. Nino did a wonderful job helping Jonathan learn how to enjoy life once again and appreciate the little things. It was nice to see how they took care of each other in their own way.
There was plenty of dialogue and the relationship was realistic. The only thing that bothered me about this story was the lack of contractions which made the dialogue seem stilted. The biggest threat to their relationship was Jonathan's decision not to share his current health condition.
Jonathan was given a second chance with his life, and it was delightful to see him make the most of it.
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