Between the Lines

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Between the Lines

"Sally Malcolm" is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. "Between the Lines" is set in the same town as "Perfect Day". If you've read that (which you should do because it's fantastic) you'll be happy to see some cameos of Finn and Josh in this one.

Luca is back in town because his mother is planning to sell their family home, which is also a hotel. He's upset at her choice but does not want to take it over himself because he's hurt and angry at his mother for marrying a man who's religion is not accepting of Luca's homosexuality.

Theo works for his father's company and he's attempting to buy the old hotel. It's his chance to prove himself to his father and get some recognition from the over bearing and harsh man. Theo has some unique challenges and he is quite the opposite of Luca. The two men immediately dislike each other but that quickly turns to an attraction neither of them wants. They decide to have a fling but that also quickly turns to something much more serious than they were expecting.

I love this author's writing and story telling style. She does a fantastic job of getting you to identify with her characters. I loved Theo and felt so much for him. He's such a realistic type of person and everyone who's ever been awkward will really identify with some of the things he goes through. I wasn't sure about Luca at the beginning but as he starts to open up to Theo I really felt for him. I understood his anger at his mother.

I love this author's writing and story telling style. She does a fantastic job of getting you to identify with her characters. I loved Theo and felt so much for him. He's such a realistic type of person and everyone who's ever been awkward will really identify with some of the things he goes through. I wasn't sure about Luca at the beginning but as he starts to open up to Theo I really felt for him. I understood his anger at his mother.

One of the things I really like about this author's characters is how human they are. She shows how complicated relationships can be. Luca and his mother's relationship is super well done. His mother and his step-father make some pretty big mistakes but his mother loves him and his step-father loves his wife. Nothing was magically solved and the story showed that sometimes you hurt the ones you love and there's not much you can do but try to forgive that person and move on with your relationship.

The romance was so sweet. I loved these two together. Luca was so respectful of Theo and yet was a perfect support. Some of their moments together were so tender and heart felt.

This can be read as a standalone or can be read before the other two books in the series. Their main connection is that they all take place in the same town and some of the side characters overlap into all three books.


Book Blurb for Between the Lines

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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Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2019 4.50