Never Too Late Spotlight #4 6


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The Guardian’s Destiny Jarmal has been the Guardian of Scryer’s Well for three decades. Romantic liaisons with the warriors and wizards who come to the Well for mystical insight no longer satisfy a man who has grown old alone. His forty-seventh birthday is a hard reminder that he has not yet chosen a successor, and he’s never been granted a vision by the Well he’s spent his life guarding.

Fortunately, Jarmal receives a distraction in the form of the handsome foreign magician Tariq. Though Tariq’s beautiful body stirs Jarmal’s lust, his inexperience and tender affections move Jarmal’s heart. But Tariq is seeking the Well’s guidance as part of a quest to free his homeland from evil, and although Jarmal thinks he’s finally found someone he’d like to spend his life with, he can no more ask Tariq to stay with him than he can leave the Well to be with Tariq. The Well offers him a glimpse of his destiny, but no easy answers.

And we have another wonderful little story. Jarmal, the Guardian of Scryer’s Well, a mystical well that will answer the quest of someone who has truly prepared to know their destiny. Tariq, a member of a group of magicians on a quest to figure out how to destroy a djinn who has taken over his city. Two men who are tied to their jobs and yet fall in love.

This is one story wherein we missed a lot of what went on due to single point of view. I felt so badly for Jarmal after Tariq left to defend his city. After all, would he remain alone forever? However, while we suffered with him, the ending was a wonderful surprise and well worth making it through.

4 stars.

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PhoenixFirst a soldier and then a diplomat, Juberi now spends his solitary days on a single ambition: trying to resurrect the phoenix, which has been extinct for centuries. He’s not pleased when he is obligated to attend a public ceremony in memory of an elderly friend and former colleague. But at the ceremony, Juberi meets the friend’s beguiling son, Desen. Despite being from a markedly different culture, Desen has much to offer. But after decades of denying his own desires, Juberi fears there is no alchemy that will reopen him to love.

 

Where do I start? This story was wonderful. In few words, Ms. Fielding brought the sites, the sounds, and the flavors to life. She also made Juberi, Desen and a few wonderful secondary characters wonderfully real. I want to visit both countries, see phoenixes, and enjoy a ride on a flying carpet.

Who’s with me? 5 stars!

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Piano ManApproaching fifty, Graham is tired of the gay club scene. He dreams of a venue where he won’t be judged on his age and looks. He and his friend Mike decide to fill the gap in the market by opening the Midnight Lounge, a gay-friendly piano bar in the heart of London’s Soho. After several unsuccessful auditions, Graham finds the perfect pianist for the bar. Adam Turner is young, handsome, and talented, and there’s a spark of attraction between him and Graham, but Graham’s split with his ex has left him feeling old and unattractive. He believes Adam is just stringing him along—a belief that seems validated when Adam kisses him, then claims he’s made a big mistake. Adam wants Graham, but first he’ll have to prove to Graham that age is no barrier to finding love.

This is a simple romance with little depth. However, that said, it was still an incredibly sweet read. The characters were likeable – both the main and the secondary – and the scene at the end was wonderful, after all, who else doesn’t imagine themselves getting a little crazy around a…can’t tell you that *wink*

A solid 4 stars.

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Takes Two To Tango

Established TV personality Daniel Josephs only agrees to take part in a reality dancing show in London to lose weight. Single, successful, and (mostly) sorted, he’s already happy, even if he secretly wishes his love life was as rewarding as his professional one. Young athlete Will Smith, who gave up the earldom he inherited to pursue Olympic dreams, is far from happy—not to mention not interested in someone as old as Daniel. But when Will’s past catches up with him, it’s Daniel who helps him piece his life back together.

Okay. This story didn’t quite do it for me. I think it was because it took so long to get Daniel and Will together to where Will wasn’t spitting barbs for their relationship to seem plausible. While the last chapter helped to some extent, I’m still not sure these two will make it. While in the other stories age differences didn’t seem to be a problem, in this one, I didn’t buy the two ending up together. To me, Will seemed as though he needed another decade to mature to be ready for Daniel.

Sadly, 3 stars.

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 Love Has No Expiration There’s more to life than work, and love has no expiration, even for those approaching their forty-fifth birthday.

Daniel Richards is a private chef in New York City who has committed over a decade to his skills and passion. He has carved out a name for himself in the industry and has bookings for parties and dinners months in advance. Now that he’s in his mid-forties, however, he’s come to the realization that he’s lonely and desperate for companionship.

Two days before Valentine’s Day, he meets Keith Maxwell at a farmer’s market and can’t keep the much younger man out of his thoughts. Keith is eager and willing to take a chance with someone older, but Daniel’s reluctance stops Keith’s every attempt. Worried his career will suffer if he dedicates time to a serious romance, or that Keith won’t be satisfied with someone so much older, Daniel nearly thwarts his own attempts at finding happiness.

Have you ever read a book that totally leaves you with an incredible sense of hope? Love Has No Expiration totally did that for me. It may have to do with the fact my age is *cough*, but whether or not it does, I loved this story. Daniel has worked hard to get where he is in the culinary world in New York and he knows slacking off even the tiniest bit to have a love life could be the difference between staying on top and losing customers. Enter Keith who is young, vibrant and doesn’t seem to care that Daniel is past his prime.

I loved the teasing between the two and their chemistry. Also, I could feel their dual attraction from the start. Watching Daniel do what I would do – err, run, Forest, run! – made me wince. What happened at the end of the story? Gave me hope. After all, if Daniel can get his life in order, then so can i…Right?

5 stars!

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Dances and CookiesAfter living hard in the big city, Paavo settles down in the country with a bakery and his cat. He tutors the local college students, and life is good. Chinese exchange student Xue needs a little more help than some, and Paavo motivates Xue with the promise of a dance if he passes his lit class. Xue is smart and funny, and Paavo wouldn’t mind getting to know him better, even with the age difference. But he doesn’t know if Xue is interested or even gay.

Maybe the dance they’re both looking forward to will make the feelings between them clear.

 

With this book, I think we have our youngest “never too late” character in Paavo who is 37. He gave up the fine life and moved away, making a life he enjoyed out of sweets and a bakery. He has also fallen for Xue, a 21-yr-old Chinese student who is going to school at the local university.

While I’m not sure their relationship will stand the test of time, I liked both characters, adored how Xue stood up for what he wanted and also…who can’t love Behr, Paavo’s huge cat, who tries to take out the enemy? Their relationship was sweet, the sex good, and it even through in some fun and quirky secondary characters.

Definitely 5 stars.

Though, I have to say. I feel sorry for Minion.

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