Author: D.J. Brumb
Genre: Historical (1950’s)
Length: Novella (150 pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 10, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts
Blurb: Romance is lost and found in the dusty emptiness of the Australian outback, where love and friendship prove stronger than the harsh environment.
During a violent storm at sea on an immigrant ship bound for Australia, young British student, Paul Canfield, meets and falls in love with Mike Armstrong, an adventurous American on his way to Port Hedland in the far north to work at his father’s mining concerns.
Due to a disastrous event, Mike is injured and lost in the vast and hostile desert. He is found by a roving tribe of aborigines and nurtured back to almost complete health.
Paul is determined to trace the tracks of his lost lover and undergoes many varied and perilous adventures on his quest to bring Mike back.
Review: D.J. Brumb is a new author for me and the title was what caught my attention. I then read the blurb and was intrigue enough to read it. Although, I am not really much for historical romance stories. They come off a bit strange to me. The problem with this story for me was pretty much the same. It has great potential but was missing certain aspects for me to make it a great story. It starts off in the present day but then goes back to when the guys meet. For me that was just off. Although I do love to find out how a couple meets the author made this just a bit hard to get into.
When Mike and Paul meet it doesn’t really get into certain details that would make it jump out at you. It was in fact a bit stiff and boring. I mean people do meet when they jog, but to drop from the meeting to falling in love should have a bit more steps to it. Then there is the fact that Mike gets lost in Australia but he comes off like he has never seen different races. It does not sound right to me, even in the fifties one has been around many different races. The description was pretty good though.
I do not like a book that has cheating in it, and here Paul was having sex with different people was not a hit for me. Then there is the fact that there is no mention of lube, which just sounds painful. Overall this book comes off as the author is new to not only writing but sex between men. Also the fact that Mike is lacking certain knowledge is a bit frustrating. I mean he sounds like a stupid hick when in fact he is not.
The whole story bothered me more than I can even mention. It had great potential but the author just missed way too many fine points to even enjoy it to a certain degree. I just couldn’t get into the whole entire story in one sitting. It didn’t keep my attention like a story should and that was a disappointment to me. I am sorry to say that this book was not for me, although some might like it.