My rating: 3 of 5 stars
2.5 rounded up to 3 stars
I generally don’t like rating a book lower than two stars unless it’s problematic or incomprehensible because I know from personal experience the time and effort (and tears and screaming and hair-pulling) it takes to write a book and put it out there for consumption and critique.
Because of this, I sat on my 2.5 star rating for a very long time. The grammar and the spelling are perfect, as far as I can tell, and I don’t want my rating to diminish the work the author put into the story.
However, I had a hard time reading it. I had issues with the dialogue. It was corny and cliched, the characters referring to each other as “lover” and “baby.” The latter endearment can be sweet in the right circumstances. Here, it was cringey for me. The older character calling his younger love interest “lover” also felt creepy to me.
Also, there wasn’t any chemistry for me between the characters. The opposites attract trope does work but, in this instance, I felt like they didn’t fit at all.
Big thanks to Gay Romance Reviews for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.