Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Old Acquaintance
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar
Heroes: Andrew & Elias
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 37 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Andrew Starling thought when he sold his medical database software to a national corporation, it would finally give him and his wife the financial security needed to build their dream home in the exclusive, wealthy community of Ponte Vedra, Florida. But Andrew’s wife leaves him for another man before the ink dries on the contract, leaving Andrew to enjoy the fruits of his labors—and their sprawling, oceanfront home—all alone. Despite being convinced he has nothing much to celebrate, Andrew goes to the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club’s annual New Year’s Eve party… and meets Elias Rivas, the young, good-looking server who’s always had his eye on Andrew. It might be the new beginning Andrew didn’t even know he needed.
When Andrew sold his medical database software, he had dreams of moving into a big house with his wife. But then his wife divorced him to be with someone else and Andrew’s left with a house decorated to his wife’s taste. Now at a New Year’s Eve party he doesn’t want to be at, he meets Elias, one of the waiters who might just be able to help Andrew from spending another New Year’s alone.
I didn’t like this story at all. For one, I found Elias extremely offensive. I mean, what kind of person knows that their friend is in a relationship and calls them to hookup anyway? I find that both disgraceful AND tacky. On top of that, I found Andrew to be a bit pathetic – his wife left him five years ago and he didn’t even love his wife yet he’s acting like she died. Add to that, I found it ridiculous that these rich people supposedly thought every non-white person didn’t know how to speak English. I have no idea if rich people actually act like that but if they do, that’s ridiculously naive of these people.
I also found a lot of inconsistencies with this book. Andrew’s wife left him right after he sold the medical database software “before the ink was even dry”… yet there was all this time between when he sold that software and now to build a mansion and have her decorate the entire thing. I’m also confused on how long between when he sold the software to when he moved to Point Verde was because the beginning mentions 5 years ago but there’s some things in the story that make it sound like it just happened the year before.
In the end, I didn’t like this book. I found the premise interesting because I always liked older/younger man situations and rich/poor scenarios but I just could not connect with the characters. I just found both their personalities unattractive. However, I encourage readers to make up their own minds about this one and still give it a try.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*