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- Print Length: 194 pages
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- Publication Date: October 10, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076CLBVR9
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The two main characters are Declan, a firefighter and single parent, and Ivan, a teacher with an ornery parrot named Hamlet. Hamlet isn't as funny as he was made out to be, unfortunately. Though he still gets a lot of attention throughout the book.
Declan's daughter, Katie, is a seemingly very shy girl who hardly speaks to anyone, even at home. Thanks to her interactions with the parrot, she makes amazing progress, almost overnight, and suddenly feels ready and able to act in the school play. This felt a bit forced to me, not to mention unrealistic. Katie is the most engaging character in the book, but once we read from her pov, I feel she sounds too mature for her age.
I didn't care for Ivan at all. He's not very interesting and I found him a bit too weak-willed: when certain parents oppose his relationship with Declan, he immediately agrees with his principal to “pause” his relationship for a while. He doesn’t even try to argue against it. Poor Declan.
Declan is more likeable, but it's not very clear why he falls in love with Ivan. And when the author tries to explain it, I was left feeling that Declan himself has no real reason to love Ivan, other than Ivan's there and willing. Quote (Declan): "I loved them both (Katie & Ivan)… and for the same reason: they were both outlets for me to pour all my love into." What a great reason to be loved...
The “steamier“ scenes could also have been handled better. They felt contrived. Those scenes could have served as way to help Declan and Ivan grow as a couple, find a closer connection. Again a missed opportunity.
The marriage proposal, though at the end of the book, still came too quickly for my liking. I didn’t feel that their relationship was already at that point.
I had real trouble finishing this book. I wasn’t invested in the couple, mostly I think because the writing felt too stilted and unnatural. The story lacked emotional depth.
There are several challenges for the MCs to overcome, plenty of opportunities to draw the reader in and make us feel for them. But that doesn’t happen. There is almost no internal struggle when Ivan discovers he’s attracted to a man for the first time, for example. There is no interaction between Declan and his father, which could have been very interesting and emotional because his father has trouble accepting he is gay. But the author doesn’t go there, which is a pity.
The start of term Katie goes to school quiet but comes home talking more and more, talking about Mr Davis and Hamlet, so when Katie says Mr Davis wants a meeting, he's intrigued. When they meet there is clearly a spark but neither knows if the other is gay. Also Ivan has never had feelings for another man and Hamlet, his parot, seems to have taken a dislike to Declan! As they continue to meet to discuss Katie, Declan's feelings grow but Ivan is holding back. Why?
After a meeting Ivan is flustered and needs to move away from the slight touches Declan gives him. Declan finds a piece of paper which Ivan dropped noticing that his name appears in all the paragraph's. He shouldn't read it, should he? He does! This explains everything!!!!
Declan invites Ivan out on a adult only date on a yacht when they jump in the sea Declan closing the gap between them stealing a kiss before taking Ivan to bed!
Ivan gets called to the office to get told that someone has made can complaint that he's got favouritism towards some students, so he tells Declan they need to cool it until the semester is over.
A forest fire threatens the neighbourhood so Declan checks that Katie and Ivan are safe before he tackles the fire. With it spreading towards Ivan's house Declan must save Hamlet. Hamlet swears at him before he releases the cage door and he flies away. Is this the last they see of him, Declan hopes not as he means so much to Ivan and Katie.
Ivan's house has some fire and smoke damage so Declan asks him to stay with him and Katie. Katie is missing Hamlet terribly putting out fruit in the yard hoping he will come back. Weeks pass then Katie spots a parot landing and calls Hamlet, the parot looks a Katie strange, then another one lands. This one is Hamlet he has found a partner!
Declan is in love with Ivan and proposes using his grandfathers ring his mother gave him. Will Ivan say yes?
This is a great story of finding love and glad Hamlet came back though not to stay as he found love too!
** I received an arc in return for a honest review by the author **
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