Sunday, February 21, 2016

ARC Review: Nate And The New Yorker by Kevin Klehr

Nate and the New YorkerBlurb:

Cameron has it all. He’s rich, lives in Manhattan, and even has a cross-dressing butler. But then he meets Nate, an Australian who’s bitter about love. Cameron is determined to turn this realist into a dreamer by sharing his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows and fabulous parties. And while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn that in order to open his heart, he has to face a painful secret.





My rating:




This book felt rushed to me, and it didn't work for me. Nathan (Nate from the title) is from Sydney, Australia, and traveling Europe with his friends/co-workers, when he comes across Cameron. Lust burns hot and heavy between the men, and Cameron leaves Nathan with an invitation to visit him in New York.

Upon returning to Australia, Nate decides to take Cameron up on the offer, to some degree at the prodding of his friends who see Cameron as Nathan's fantasy romance come true.

To some degree, this book felt OTT, as we find out more about Cameron and his ever-present butler, and Nathan feels overwhelmed and out of his league in the art galleries and fancy restaurants Cameron drags him too.

Cameron is more of a dreamer, a lover, someone who freely gives his heart away, whereas Nathan is a realist, who's also still smarting and somewhat bitter from previous heartache. Their differences are very clear from the get-go, and that was fine with me (opposites-attract is a fabulous trope), but then the book veered into total OTT, and that just didn't work for me.

Maybe I'm just not getting what this book is trying to do, and it may work perfectly well for someone else. There were moments that were really good, and those are why I don't regret reading it, but I don't feel that I ever really connected with Nathan or with Cameron on any level that would have made me care about them and their romance.



So, this is most likely a case of "it's not the book, it's me", so do give this a chance and don't let my review scare you off.



** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **



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