Because of Roses by Richard May

Title: Because of Roses
Author: Richard May
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 28
Characters: Daniel, Martin
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary May/December Romance
Kisses: 4


After the death of his longtime partner, American attorney Dan Evans is reassigned to his firm’s London office. It’s a change his life sorely needs. While admiring roses in a small village in the Cotswolds, Dan meets Martin Saint John. Martin, still fit and attractive at seventy, has also lost his partner, and now spends his time growing roses, meeting friends in the pub, and going to church on Sundays, content with his quiet life. Roses and tea progress to spending weekends together exploring the countryside, but the differences between Dan and Martin go beyond the fifteen year age gap. If they can open their hearts and accept love—instead of accepting its absence—they might find a second chance at happiness. All because of roses.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”


Because of Roses by Richard May is a sweet May/December romance. I really enjoyed watched these two men meet, form a friendship that develops into a long-enduring and loving relationship.

Both Daniel and Martin have experienced a great loss of their long-time partners. Daniel moves from New York to England for a fresh start. When he meets his new neighbor, Martin, Daniel begins to immediately form a kinship and strong attraction to the older man.

I liked how these two men were mature and more self-aware of themselves than many younger people are. Daniel is 58 and Martin is 73 but in many ways, they are both in the prime of their lives. I really enjoyed the quiet confidence each man had and loved seeing their relationship develop into something special.

Because of Roses is a sweet romance that many readers will enjoy. The chemistry between the two heroes is a slow burning one, but one that is definitely an everlasting love. It’s a great choice for those in the mood for a quick and lovely romance.


Reviewed By: Gabbi

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