- File Size: 1882 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CZS7F58
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Double Dutch Courage Kindle Edition
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The writing is solid with a powerful style and unique characters.
It took me a while to get a feel for the characters, especially Ronan, but when I did get the connection I was totally in. I especially enjoyed how Lucas and Ronan slowly got to know each other. The slow pace added an extra layer of tension that paid off really well. Their scenes are emotional, sensual and full of the promise of an everlasting love.
The portrayal of the changes in the family dynamic between Ronan and his mother is wonderfully written. I was happy to see how she could redeem herself and how their relationship got even stronger. The range of emotions you are going to experience clearly shows the power of writing. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Paul Collins was a successful interior designer, living in Amsterdam, who fathered a son and then left his wife in her first trimester explaining he is gay and can no longer live a lie. As the story opens Paul has died suddenly and unexpectantly.
Ronan Collins, Paul’s son is also gay and has spent most of his life, living quietly in Dublin, hiding who he is for fear coming out would break his mother’s heart. Quoting the author, “Ronan isn’t going to be the second gay man to do that.” The death of his estranged father brings Ronan the opportunity to permanently shift his paradigm as he has been left both a home and a thriving business, in Amsterdam, in the will of this man he has never come to know.
Lucas Brandt, also remembered in Paul’s will, is a tenant in the house and the sole employee of the business and stands to find himself both homeless and unemployed, depending on the decisions of a man he never knew existed. He is all but estranged from his parents since the day he graduated university.
The sudden and unexpected death of Paul brings together Ronan and Lucas, two men who had one thing in common, the interior design business. Until Paul’s death neither man knew the other existed and now each finds his future tied to the other. Through their interaction, each man striving to learn more about the other not only learns more about himself but as is often the case, discovers how very wrong his perception was of the world he had created for himself to live in.
I loved this story because it moves along at a smooth pace as it weaves together the separate but connected personal and cultural threads of these men’s lives and their families. They come together expecting to hate each other. Instead, they find themselves immensely compatible and intensely attracted to each other.
Romance novels are usually so predictable. Everyone seems to follow the same script to attract and titillate the reader. This is where Ms. Stone steps away from the pack. Her characters are delightfully unpredictable. The surprises are artfully dispersed throughout the story, using charm, humor, and emotion in such a way as to enhance your reading pleasure. In her synopsis, Ms. Stone writes; “Sudden changes require great bravery. Can both men find the courage to be true to themselves and each other?” Her artful spin of this tale takes you to the very end before you gain the full answer to this question. I like that.
A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This is my first time reading a work by Helena Stone, but, it definitely won’t be my last.
It is all about self-discovery. That you can have the life you want if you are true to yourself. Ronan does just that. Out of the blue, he inherits his dad’s design company, and he grabs the chance to spread his wings by going to Amsterdam. Not that he has a warm and loving home, but at twenty-eight, he knows now is the time to live his life as a gay man.
He never expected to find the attractive Lucas opening the door. The attraction is instant. On both sides. What I love about this story that the author let the men take their time to get to know each other. No hopping into bed at the first sign, but a slowly developing relationship. She brings the characters to life on the pages. They felt so real and genuine. Ronan, a bit shy, curious about his father, but also somewhat resentful. Wanting to experience his gay self, but hesitant to give it his all. Lucas might be younger, but in this relationship, he is the more experienced. Partly character, partly having lived in a free(r) country all his life. He is often the man who puts on the brakes, but with a loving understanding.
Not everything is going smoothly, but there are no major fallouts or misunderstandings. Even when Ronan’s mother reveals some well-kept secrets about his father and their marriage, he shows a maturity and forgiveness that is astounding and admirable and completely in sync with how I got to know him. Also, credits to his mother for redeeming herself.
This book is for everyone who loves a well-written story with great characters, who loves a laugh and sweetness without being sappy.
I have to confess it was an absolute delight to read a story set in Amsterdam. Being Dutch myself, I was all so familiar to me. What we would call “een feest der herkenning.” Literally translated as “a feast of recognition.” This author sure knows what she is talking about. And yes, King’s Day is an absolute madhouse, but so much fun. Orange as the far as the eye can see.
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This is as much a story of Ronan's self-discovery, as well as his and Lucas' parental relationships, as it is a romance.Read more