Title: A Fine Romance
Author Name & Publisher: T. Neilson (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 25, 2015 – 121 pgs
Benji Rao, a hard-working welder from the Pacific Northwest, is recovering from a life-threatening and life-changing injury at a posh California resort. Trouble is, he’s miserable. His friends are worried, his panic attacks are getting worse, and the guy in the bungalow next to his is none other than Jamie Durham—the kind of neighbor who plays music loud, blows everybody’s breakers, and doesn’t care what people think of him.
But there’s more to Jamie than late nights, a huge inheritance, and a wild reputation. After endless bad press, Jamie longs for a chance to live a normal life, without the rumors and innuendo, and without his growing concern that he might be going crazy.
When Ben finds himself desperate for a date and Jamie is the only option, Jamie can’t believe his luck—a date with Ben would be as normal as it gets. But when the date doesn’t exactly go as planned, Ben and Jamie must overcome their personal demons to find their way to love.
A quiet beach resort on an island that was once a playground for the rich and famous provides a beautiful backdrop for Benji and Jamie to work out their respective problems. In neighbouring cabins on the beach, Benji tries new things like surfing while Jamie attempts to party his problems away.
I love this unlikely pairing. Serious, boring Benji is recovering from a near death experience and challenging himself to make changes for a different future. Celebrity rich kid and party animal Jamie is pretty sure he’s going insane. The connection between the two men is unlikely but beautifully written.
I loved Benji’s friends, but also his sense of isolation as they made a family together. Benji’s resilience as he learns to surf is also very sweet. Jamie is anything but sweet when we meet him, but I couldn’t help but grow to love him once Benji starts to know him properly
This is a subtle story that packs an emotional punch. I really enjoyed the quiet romance. I’m not sure it really needed the action sequence at the end, but it didn’t detract too much from the overall story.
T Neilson is the author of The Trouble with Mr. Midwest, Submission Guidelines, and A Fine Romance (forthcoming in 2016). She loves to write romance books that are full of fluff and nonsense, but with a serious undertone.
T grew up in the Rocky Mountains and moved out west to go to university, and there she stayed. She has now lived and worked on Vancouver Island for fifteen years and, by some definitions, is even considered a local now.
She still misses sparkling, snowy winters of the mountains, but living in a temperate rainforest has its perks. In the summer you can find her either camping or hiking. If she’s not out there, try looking at the beach. She might be out there, listening to audiobooks, scouring the shore for beach glass, and trying to fill her year’s quota of vitamin D by acting like a lizard whenever the sun comes out.
In the rainy season, (substantially longer than the sunny season) she writes, reads, drinks far too much coffee, bakes and cooks, and works hard to maintain an addiction to pop culture, social media, and cartoons. If you’re looking for her, she’s probably on the couch, under the big blanket, nursing a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and reading something juicy. She also writes SFF under the name Tam MacNeil.