Title: Brindisi Bedfellows
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Characters: Christian Davis, Trip Watson
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Getting dumped is never fun.
Getting dumped by your boyfriend on the eve of your first vacation in six years because he decides to reconcile with his ex-wife is agony.
Heartbroken Christian Davis is drowning his sorrows when his ex-lover’s best friend swoops in and throws his world into chaos. Trip Watson is gorgeous and gregarious and everything Chris doesn’t need right now. But none of that seems to matter when Trip finds out what Andrew did to him. Appalled by Andrew’s callous treatment, Trip announces the best way to get over the break-up – and to rub Andrew’s face in it – is to go to Italy as planned and spend the next three weeks having the time of his life. With Trip.
Mutual lust drives them together. Andrew could very well push them apart. Especially if the truth about Trip’s relationship with him ever comes to light.
This was a pretty darn good story about Andrew’s ex-boyfriend and best friend agreeing to go on vacation to Italy together to nurse broken hearts. Then the unexpected happens: Said ex-boyfriend, Chris, and best friend, Trip, realize their sex-for-fun holiday-fling has become more. But coming home is eventually inevitable, with a contrite Andrew waiting for them.
Characterization and dialogue excel here, both wonderfully realistic. Chris has low self-esteem due to Andrew’s endless manipulations, but he tries to break free from his self-made prison. Trip is vibrant and exuberant, but he hides his own self-doubts behind a happy facade, and he too has been screwed over by his so-called best friend, Andrew. In fact, Andrew, though rarely present, is the king of bastards you just love to hate. He’s such a selfish prick. You feel sorry for Chris and Trip who love Andrew, who doesn’t deserve such feelings. Dialogue reflects these men perfectly, matching with the inner turmoil to show us the other side of the equation, and everything they keep hidden within.
Though there is a great deal of fabulous, hot sex here, there’s way more to the story than that. This is a tale of letting go of fears and doubts, and breaking away from people who aren’t good for you, even if you love them. Because sometimes love is one-sided, and the other takes advantage of this. Andrew deserves to burn in hell. The writing shows these men as real as they can be, with flaws and failings and lovable qualities. The pace is swift enough not to get bogged down. Every chapter has a purpose, driving the story forward. We get both Chris and Trip’s points of view, which helped solidify their characters and show how they grow more intimate as time passes, while simultaneously trying to keep a distance. Best laid plans!
So, overall, an excellent story about two unlikely guys getting together and learning how to love and trust again after betrayal and cold cruelty by Andrew. Though you might feel both men are too hung up on that dick-that-shall-not-be-named-once-again, they do find their self-confidence. And that was one of the best themes in the book. Recommended.
Reviewed By: Susan