Reviewed by Ami
Title: Love in the Time of Hurricanes
Author: C.C. Bridges
Series: States of Love #1
Heroes: Nick Henderson/Lou Martelli
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 93 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.
When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.
Review: Love in the time of Hurricanes is only my second book from C.C. Bridges (the other one is a short Advent story) and I like her writing style. I came to this one after DNF-ing four books in a row, so I was a bit frustrated. This felt like a savior – especially with Nick, the main narrator, who I found quite adorable with his crush.
Nick takes a year off from Rutgers University, rents his friend’s house at Seaside, and joins some classes at Shore Community College. One late night, when his stomach growls of hunger, Nick stops at a pizza place where he meets Lou Martelli, one of the sons of the pizza owner. Nick develops a crush, Lou seems to feel the same, and they hit it off after that.
I admit that things moved pretty fast between the two young men – from first meeting to becoming boyfriends. Especially since the story is set during the time when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012, which “forced” Nick to move temporarily to Lou’s apartment, because the house he rented at Seaside would not be safe. I didn’t really mind though – probably because these two were likable kids. The only ‘weakness’ that I found between them was their inability to talk to their more dominant fathers about what they really want in life.
So yes, I liked them together, there were dates and everything before they were going steady, and there was a kitten named Nibbles (yes, it didn’t have to do with anything, but I love cats *lol*).
The ending is what I’d like to call a ‘new beginning’ rather than happily-ever-after. They are still young – they are making plans for the future. Nick has to decide whether he is going back to Rutgers and Lou is thinking of going to culinary school. So in the grand scheme of things, I think it fits with their life stage and the progress of their relationship.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*