GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 19,731 words
The start of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire means Wes can finally get back to his seasonal job and distract himself from his recent messy break-up. There’s plenty for him to think about at the Faire, such as his role as a wandering flower merchant, the overwhelming August heat, and Carlo, who plays a handsome knight.Carlo is the exact opposite of Wes’s ex, Phillip, who won’t let their relationship die easily. The young knight is sweet and caring and chivalrous, but Wes has sworn to himself he’s not ready to jump back into dating yet.When Carlo collapses off his horse during a joust, Wes has to confront his own feelings for his new friend, as well as Phillip’s constant attempts to win him back.EXCERPT:
I loved the setting of this book, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, where there are good and evil knights who stay in character even when they insult dense ex-boyfriends. I'd love to stroll around on the Faire grounds, watch the knights joust, and buy a flower that will never die from Wes.
I loved the camaraderie between the cast, and the way Wes and Carlo hit it off feels authentic. Usually, I'm not a fan of a character running hot and cold like Wes tends to do, but considering the circumstances he's in, I find his behavior believable and understandable.
Would I have loved to see more of the romance between Wes and Carlo? Yes, absolutely. But this was a lovely promise of future and sometimes that's all I need. Especially when the setting is so great... and Wes comparing himself to Benedick from my all time favorite Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing does NOT make matters worse :-)
"He reminded himself of Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing, who swore up and down he