Between the Lines

Sally Malcolm
Between the Lines
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Carina Press
Release Date
December 2018
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Theo Wishart has given up on finding love.

Luca Moretti doesn't want to find it.

A handful of summer days may change their lives forever—if they're brave enough to look between the lines.

Eyes might be windows to the soul, but for Theo Wishart they're all shuttered. His dyspraxia makes it hard to read people. He doesn't do relationships and he certainly doesn't do the great outdoors. Two weeks spent "embracing beach life" while he tries to close the deal on a once great, now fading seaside hotel is a special kind of hell.

Until Luca. Gorgeous, unreachable Luca.

Luca Moretti travels light, avoiding all romantic entanglements. Estranged from his parents, he vows this will be his last trip home to New Milton. His family's hotel is on the verge of ruin and there's nothing Luca can do to save it. He's given up on the Majestic, he's given up on his family and he's given up on his future.

Until Theo. Prickly, captivating Theo.

No mushy feelings, no expectations, and no drama—that's the deal. A simple summer fling. And it suits them both just fine. But as the summer wanes and their feelings deepen, it's clear to everyone around them that Theo and Luca are falling in love. What will it take for them to admit it to themselves—and to each other?

This book is approximately 73,000 words

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Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Dec 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
50 people found the following review helpful
Theo is willing to learn what does the Majestic have that makes people love it. Love that will also be present to him in the form of Luca Moretti. Both men have closed their doors to love, but when love strikes there's nothing they can do about it.

Theo has a hard time reading people. That's why being in a relationship is something he would never look forward to. He's not an outdoor person and the beach time he's spending trying to close a deal for his father is proving to be the nightmare he was expecting, until he meet Luca. Luca is trying to keep himself away from love. Being vulnerable and facing the possibility of being left behind is something he dreads and he chooses to never being attached to a place or a person. But what seems like his last visit to the Majestic, his family hotel, makes him face the possibility of love. Even when Luca and Theo decided to have a summer fling, and nothing more. Their hearts start to betray them and give them more than they were reaching for.

It was a really nice book. I had a great time reading it. It was slow paced, but that work fine because it gave the story a little more romantic feeling. The writing was beautiful. This was a new author to me, but I'm excited to look for more of her books, because I really loved the way she makes the reader connect with the main characters' emotions. What I didn't like about it was also the slow pace it had. Even though I see it as a good thing in terms of romance, it made it hard to read while I was starting the book and haven't fell in love with the characters yet.

Theo and Luca made a beautiful couple. I loved how much they struggle to get to their happy ending. Both were very complex characters and their internal dialogue was captivating. I loved how insecure both of them were and how much it took them to let themselves admit they were in love. The intimate moments they share were really well written and very romantic. The chemistry between them was evident since the moment they meet, even if they didn't have the most pleasant start. The emotions between them were something I loved, it was so easy to know they were in love.

Overall it was a lovely book to read. I had a great time with it and I would recommend it to any reader looking for some M/M romance.
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