Reviewed by Ami
Title: Love Has No Direction
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: Love Can’t #3
Heroes: Parker & Westley
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 218 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Yet another series of poor decisions lands Parker Levin back in his mother’s house, working at her coffee shop, and feeling like a failure. Then he learns his ex-boyfriend has died by suicide and things go from bad to worse. When he meets a handsome stranger, he doesn’t have much left to lose.
Ten years ago Westley Anker made a grave mistake. Since then he’s lived in near isolation, supporting himself by making custom furniture and only rarely connecting with other people. When he attempts to make amends, he encounters Parker, a beautiful and colorful young man, and he agrees to Parker’s impulsive request to join him.
Together, Parker and Wes find quick friendship and fierce attraction. But Wes’s past demons haunt his footsteps, and Parker’s struggle to plan a future has him stumbling through life. Then they uncover evidence that suggests Parker’s ex’s death might not have been a straightforward suicide, and every path seems to lead to dead ends and destruction. Can Parker and Wes find their way to lasting love when the route is hidden?
“What if you had a net? What if I was your net?”
“Then I think I could do anything”
Kim Fielding is one of my go-to authors — and her “Love Can’t” series is one of my most favorite. In this third installment — after Love Is Heartless and Love Can’t Conquer — we are reacquainted with Parker Levin.
Parker is the only son of Rhoda Levin, the owner of P-Town where the previous characters, like Nevin and Jeremy usually hang out. Parker is once described by Jeremy as “a sparkly unicorn”. Although clearly his mother also thinks that Parker “is such a smart boy, but he has no direction”. And it is shows here when Parker, once again, lands back in his mother’s house and work at her coffee shop.
My heart immediately pulls towards Parker. Fielding wittingly writes the prologue with Parker not knowing what he wants to grow up — and clearly still has trouble figuring out when we meet him next. But he’s also only in his mid-twenties and for me, Parker’s strength is not because he is sure about what he wants to do with this life.
Parker is all heart. He is able to bring the best in people, I believe, DESPITE his spontaneity which sometimes can be reckless. Like when he jumps into a car of basically a stranger. Simply because that stranger is brave enough to apologize to one Nevin Ng. A stranger by the name of Westley Anker, a carpenter who consciously isolates himself because of one of his grave mistakes a decade ago.
Wes is more closed off in the beginning. His own choice. But even Wes cannot deny the spark of one Parker Levin. I love how slowly but surely Parker brings Wes out of his loneliness. By talking, by accepting, by being there. Parker gives Wes reasons to take his steps forward and not rooted at the same place. Meanwhile, Wes also becomes one of Parker’s anchor. Parker can find peace with Wes, and he can go with Wes when he needs to get away from the other people who know and love him the most.
Love Has No Direction is a gorgeous romance story that is gentle and fulfilling — that reminds you that it’s okay to sometimes to trust your heart more than your brain because even J.R.R. Tolkien writes “not all those who wander are lost“. I love every moment of this book.
Oh, except, when Wes does that one stupid reckless and dangerous move! THAT… I don’t like! I want to smack Wes in the head for doing it and I was grumpy with him afterwards *laugh*
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*