Friday, April 12, 2019

ARC Review: Tales of Bryant by V. L. Locey

Tales of BryantFrom the Blurb:

Four Seasons. Two Men. One Love.

For struggling film student Isamu Taylor, life's refrain is about to change from boring documentary about a passionless delivery boy to a blazing and wildly erotic love story.

After spending weeks admiring handsome but older Manhattan executive Brian Gilles while delivering brioche to him in Bryant Park, the man of his lusty dreams has just expressed a desire to get to know Isamu better. A night on the town is just the beginning of a whirlwind romance that will span not only four seasons but countless years.

Amid the beauty and charm of Bryant Park, New York City, two men are about to discover that love knows no age or economic boundaries. This is a collection of four short stories starring these two amazing men, their one sublime love, and the park where it all started.

Ky's rating:

This novella consists of four short stories about the same couple. Each if them takes place about three months after the previous one and focuses on a new phase in the couple's relationship.

Aside from the first one - that I think moved way too quickly - I really liked the pace of the stories. All of them focus on the relationship between a struggling film student and a successful businessman but Bryant Park is always a side character to every important moment between them.

I liked the possessiveness that Brian showed and his insecurity about whether he was enough for Isamu was in such a contrast to the rest of his character that it was interesting to see.

Isamu was a proud man, he struggled to prove his worth and stay self-sufficient and he did it to the point of almost collapsing under the pressure. In the end though his efforts were rewarded and he made a smart decision about his future and a generous one for a new friend.

The stories aren't overly angsty but there is enough happening to keep the reader engaged. There are a few side characters and with how short the book is it's impressive that the author managed to include them and give them a personality. Especially Isamu's mom and her chin...

The book doesn't end on a cliffhanger but rather at a HFN point that will satisfy many readers. For those wanting more, though, there's another book coming out in a few months that focuses on Bryant Park and this couple. I always like those kinds of books that let you decide if you want more or not without leaving you hanging at the end of each installment.

I look forward to reading more about Brian and Isamu and their "Tales of Bryant".

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

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