Confession time: Characters who start off completely against love and relationships, and then have an epiphany because of the main love interest usually aren’t my cup of tea. I’m cynical and jaded. It takes a lot to convince me one person can completely change someone so drastically. In Between the Lines, Malcolm knocks this trope out of the ballpark. I was rooting for Luca and Theo with every fiber of my being.
If you’ve read Perfect Day by Malcolm, you may remember Luca being very briefly mentioned as the summer lifeguard/surf instructor and son of the owner of the bed and breakfast on the bay. He’s travels all over the country, taking jobs in different states for each season. He’s the anti-relationship, anti-love MC. He’s up for fun and zero attachments. Until…
…dear Theo. Oh, how he stole my heart. I learned a lot about dyspraxia through Malcolm’s portrayal of Theo. He’s sensitive and proud and passionate and trusting, and I just loved him. That’s not to say I didn’t love Luca. I did, just in a different way.
These two were so sweet together when they finally got their heads out of the sand. I adored the grand gesture and the inclusion of “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, my favorite song by one of my favorite artists.
Without a doubt, I am looking forward to Malcolm’s next offering in the M/M romance genre.
***ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***