Author: Jessica Skye Davies
Length: Novella (104 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 30th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: Photographer Dade Faber keeps hoping for assignments on a big city beat, but time and again he’s sent into the wild. This time, he’s half the world away from London shooting the Australian bush. When Dade is nearly attacked by a crocodile, it leads to a shouting match with Elliot Harris, who owns Dade’s hotel. Elliot is both hot and persuasive, and when he offers to play tour guide, Dade accepts. After a week spent mostly together in the bush, Dade begins to fall for Elliott. The attraction is mutual, and when circumstances lead both men to London, they find they have much in common. But can their romance bridge the 10,000 miles between London and the Australian bush?
Review: Warning: If you don’t know Aussie slang, the entire first chapter will leave you in a daze. But if you do, reading the witty repartee between the characters is very entertaining. But even if you don’t get it all, you’ll get the general gist of the slurs and put downs. The story starts with Dade and Elliot developing a friendship in Australia before going back to London. Dade is currently in a relationship which he realizes is going nowhere; and being with Elliot makes him realize that he should want more. Their time in London is enjoyable until events unfold that force the two men apart; and, it is Dade who must do what is necessary to bridge the gap if the two men are to be together.
The book is a short read that combines both a love story while also providing a guided tour through the Australian bush and the streets of London and that is pleasant to read, since it allows the reader a bird eye’s view of these two countries and cultures. The relationship between Dade and Elliot develops slowly (over two weeks in the story) and the reader is allowed to learn who these men are and learn to like them both. The story is littered with a lot of British and Australian slang, so much so, that it can get distracting at first, but it tapers off allowing the story to be easily read once the romance gets to London, serving as almost a distinction between the two countries and the shift in the men’s relationship. All in all, this is a satisfying bite of Anglo-Aussie love and a fun, engaging read.