Reviewed by Ami
Title: Buyout – A Love Story
Author: Dev Bentham
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 69 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.
When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease?
Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.
Review: I usually love Dev Bentham’s stories – but maybe because of the length, this one felt dry.
I mean, it’s a second chance romance … and I expect something more emotional, especially if the couple doesn’t really separate with good terms. In Buyout – A Love Story, Sean hasn’t seen Martim for a decade; he kicked Martim out because his ex-lover was a drug user. Now Sean has to be the one telling Martim and his aunt they might need to forever close their hotel business due to lateness in loan payments.
To me, their first meeting after ten years was … well, not really gripping my heart. Not exactly cold or anything, but lacking intensity that I would expect. I guess I wanted something more and I felt that I didn’t really get it. In fact, I thought Martim’s aunt to be more alive compared to both men.
I did like the setting though – seemed like Bentham was quite taken with Lisbon and the city was a big part of the story. Plus Bentham’s writing is good …
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*