Friday, December 21, 2018

DSP Advent Calendar Review: Slow Summer Heat by Renae Kaye

Title: Slow Summer Heat
Author: Renae Kaye
Category: Holiday, Advent
Pages: 54

Dreamspinner Press

Geoffrey Saxon is in his forties, a bit plump, a lot fuzzy, and rather boring in bed—and thanks to a very public breakup, everyone in his street knows it. However, what they don’t know is that Geoffrey sometimes watches his hot young neighbor, Vaughn, in the pool. Vaughn has invited Geoffrey to join his pool parties, but Geoffrey knows it’s only pity.

As if things can’t get worse, Geoffrey’s air conditioner breaks during a heat wave in Western Australia—and just before Christmas. In search of some relief, he camps out in his backyard, where he also has a prime view of Vaughn swimming… naked. When Geoffrey’s injured falling from his spying post, Vaughn comes to his rescue and Geoffrey doesn’t think he can be more horrified.

But he could be in for a sweet holiday surprise. Is he ready to take the dive?

5 Stars! 

Loved everything about this tale - the storyline, the leads and RK's irrepressible humour.

The title of this review pretty much sums up how I feel about this tale. I always enjoy RK books, but this had something a little special in a couple of guys who might have been pretty far apart age-wise, but who were on the same wavelength attraction-wise and in terms of what they wanted out of life: to be happy and to be with someone forever.

The tale was sweet and sassy and I LOVED the puns on some very classic Xmas carols (i.e., The Twelve Days of Xmas with something something a-milking, seeing Mommy kissing Santa, White Xmas, lololol!), which was pure Renae Kaye.

The leads were a couple of total opposites, but in some ways similar, guys who had each fancied the other from afar and had each in their way been trying to find a way of having the other in his life. There's fun in this book and very little sex, which for me made it all the sweeter and more romantic, given one's past and insecurities that the other helped obliterate. I loved it, and best of all it ends in the leads having The Talk about the rest of their lives.

ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.

4 Stars

Slow Summer Heat is the cutest, sweetest novella in the usual Renae Kaye style. In this short, we meet Geoffrey and Vaughn. Geoffrey is 44 years old, single and not terribly confident in his appearance or, shall we say… skills, after a disastrous and public breakup with his live-in boyfriend the previous year. He has a crush on his much younger and hot next door neighbor, Vaughn, who apparently is crushing on Geoffrey too. Geoffrey, due to his lack of confidence, misses the overtures Vaughn has made in the past year, but they finally interact after Geoffrey is hurt while peeping over his fence to watch Vaughn swim naked. Vaughn comes to his rescue in more ways than one.

Somehow even though this was only 77 pages long, there was a slow burn between these characters over the course of Christmas. Both characters are adorable in their own way - Geoffrey in his awkwardness and Vaughn’s sassiness. The book was a little bit of a tease, in that they were HFN…

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.


4 Stars

I love Renae’s writing. This is the third book of hers that I have consumed and that, dang, makes me giggly and gooey each and every time.

Geoffrey is such a sweetheart who has a low opinion of himself because of a stupid ex. I love how he wasn’t one of those jump right into sex kinda characters (don’t get me wrong I love those characters!); he was refreshing to me.

Vaughn was quirky and amazing with the way he was with Geoffrey; to him, it didn’t matter if Geoffrey was older or less adventurous than him, he just wanted to know him.

This was a sweet story with plenty of humor and I cannot wait to see what Renae has for us next!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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