Title: Up to Boil
Author: Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Jordan, Stephen
POV: Alternating 1st
Sub-Genre: May/December Romance
When plumber and builder Jordan Novotny goes to take a look at the home of the town’s openly gay, recently dumped librarian, he doesn’t expect to find anything other than a falling-apart old house and a water heater in need of repair. Instead, he finds an older man in need of some TLC and a new circle of friends after his ex tossed him aside for a newer model. Stephen might be attracted to Jordan, but he thinks the young man is exactly that—too young. It takes Jordan’s family interfering and a bit of a mishap to make them see that it’s never too late to find a new love, and that age is just a number. All that matters is compatibility and the courage to take a chance.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
Up to Boil by Tia Fielding is a May/December romance that is truly a little gem of a story. The older man/younger man theme is admittedly one of my favorites, and Ms. Fielding did a great job at getting to the heart and soul of her characters.
Both men were truly likeable and the chemistry between them was a strong one. I easily became invested into the story they told and couldn’t wait to continue to read how things were going to pan out, but I was immediately disappointed when the story came to an unexpected end.
Let me explain why.
On the Dreamspinner website and when you download the book (PDF) it shows the book to be 36 pages. BUT the story itself is only 19, so as I read I was misguided into believing there was more pages to their tale than I realized. So please, keep this in mind when you read this book. It is NOT 36 pages long and be prepared when it ends.
It was this surprise that greatly disappointed me. It ends just when the novella is getting good, and when it did, I had one of those shocking moments that upset me and threw me off guard because I wasn’t expecting it. So, to those about to read this book, and you should because it IS good, be prepared and you won’t experience the same disappointment I felt.
But despite the abrupt ending, this is a really good short novella. The characters stand out as being well-written and the heated but yet sweet chemistry between Jordan and Stephen is an easy one to really enjoy. I liked them very much and I hope Ms. Fielding writes more about them in the future. Jordan and Stephen deserve it.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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