Title: Lorenzo il Magnifico
Author: Tristram La Roche
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Characters: Luke, Lorenzo
POV: 3rd person
Setting: Florence, Italy
Sub-Genre: Erotic Romance/Menage
Cover Rating: 4
When Luke visits Florence he hopes it will be the start of a new chapter in his life. A chance meeting with a tall, handsome waiter and that chapter starts far sooner than he could ever have imagined.
Lorenzo is everything Luke has been looking for. Hot, sexy and uninhibited, he pushes buttons Luke never knew existed. But Luke lives in England, Lorenzo in Florence, and the time soon comes for them to part…
Can this holiday fling become more than just sex? Can it, in fact, turn into a magnificent romance?
Tristram La Roche’s Lorenzo il Magnifico is a joyfully erotic journey through the streets of Florence, Italy, as we follow Luke on a holiday that will serve to change his life forever.
He is in a dead end job, you see, working in a customer call center in Leeds in order to pay his way through his graduate studies and make good use of his degree in art history. For Luke to break into the art world as a dealer in England, he must earn a master’s degree, which then does nothing to guarantee he won’t have to move abroad to put it to good use—not an issue for Luke, though, as his family ties were cut seven years before when he came out to them. He has nothing keeping him in Leeds, no commitments, no relationships he would be forfeiting to pursue his career. Luke is merely adrift, cruising through life in search of a place to anchor. And where sex is concerned, any port in a storm will do for Luke—or sometimes ports, as in the multiple partner variety.
A week in Florence, with its legendary art history, becomes the land of opportunity for Luke, as he mixes business and pleasure, meeting with influential locals who will become instrumental to his future, both in his career and his personal life.
An encounter with a waiter on the busy streets, then at a trattoria within his first moments in Italy will set the tone for the rest of the holiday for Luke. The romance of the city and its landscapes, passionate encounters, and a chance at love will seduce the man who, up until the moment he stepped off the curb and into the path of Lorenzo’s speeding Vespa, thought his week away would be nothing more than a little business peppered with loads of anonymous sex. Fate has other plans for Luke, though, and where the heart is concerned, even the best laid plans can be derailed at a moment’s notice.
Lorenzo il Magnifico is the journey of a young man whose past has left him a bit guarded, and possibly a little bit jaded on the subject of commitment, until he meets the man who makes him feel—a little bit different, a little bit hopeful, a little bit anxious that he could lose something really wonderful, a little bit optimistic that he’s finally found a place and a someone to call home.
Tristram La Roche offers just the right touch to his story for those who believe love can start with the smallest of seeds and, with the right attention, can bloom into something terrific.
Reviewed By: Lisa