This short and sweet novella from a first time author is quite a treat. One of my favorite authors read it and suggested I do as well. She still hasn’t steered me wrong.
Set during the Chinese New Year, Clint is going to see Weaver- his cousin’s best friend and the object of his desire- for the first time in a year. Since the last New Year when they had a passionate encounter. Both nervous and excited, he is determined not to let Weaver know how it affected him.
Clint’s entire family is getting ready for the big celebration. Trying not to let on how he is drawn to Weaver is difficult- since no one knows he is gay except his cousin. Add to that, Weaver is practically part of the family. Especially since his own family threw him out for being gay.
Clint and Weaver really had sparks together. You could practically feel it on the pages. Mr Yang seamlessly wove in the meanings behind several Chinese traditions. He made them part of the story and not just a footnote- or worse- expecting the reader to know what those traditions were or meant.
A second chance love story that has a lot of acceptance, traditions, empathy and love- with a good dose of humor sprinkled in. The ending was so sweet, and circled back to a line or two in the beginning of the book.
Why 3 ½? Well, if you know me as a reviewer at all, you know that I very, very rarely give 5 stars. I think they are given too freely honestly. A 4 star book for me is a “you should really read this!”. 3 ½ for this book because, while I did really enjoy it and it was surprising that it was a first time author, there were a few too many “cutesy” sayings or metaphors for me and the sex scenes- while hot- needed a bit of polishing.
I look forward to Mr Yang’s next offering. Especially if we revisit Clint and Weaver.
The Chinese New Year is a time for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future, but Clint doesn’t want to bid farewell to his cousin’s handsome American friend, Weaver, after they share an unexpected passionate encounter.
The Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time for family reunions, and for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future. Clint, however, doesn’t want to bid farewell to what happened after last year’s celebration, when he and his Cousin Maggie’s handsome Caucasian friend, Weaver, shared an unexpected but long-desired passionate encounter. East is East and West is West, and Weaver seems to want to keep it that way, but maybe Clint can bridge that great divide this coming New Year, and show Weaver what it means to be loved and accepted.