Open Seating by Mickie B. Ashling #mm #review @MickieAshling @dreamspinners

Open Seating

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Seth Wilder lost his partner of twenty years to suicide two weeks before a long-anticipated cruise. Cancellation insurance was never purchased, and Seth can’t get a refund. Bryce McFarland, his late partner’s gym buddy, appreciates his predicament, and when asked, agrees to accompany him on the trip. This way, Seth recoups the money and doesn’t have to cancel his plans. The gesture is unexpected but accepted gratefully.

The two men have nothing in common. Seth is a reclusive romance writer, and Bryce is a hard-core Grindr user with major commitment issues. Out of necessity and despite the seemingly insurmountable differences in personality, they develop a tentative rapport. As they begin their journey through the UK, Bryce helps Seth come to terms with his partner’s sudden death while Seth, in turn, discovers the root cause of Bryce’s phobia.

Shipboard romances rarely work. Sensible men resist, sexual tension notwithstanding. But a full moon and late summer breezes lend themselves to the impossible situation, barriers are crossed, and a love affair is kindled.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Listening to Andrea LeeTAG

What a sweet tale, that makes you stop and think.

Two ppl, one, Seth, just out of a twenty year relationship, ended by the hand of the partner. Still in shock, Seth has no choice but to go on the once in a life time cruise that they bought prior to an illness that changed his life. Having asked Bryce, his ex-partner friend. They embark on a fools trip, or have they?

This was a good story, one a read in one sitting. Two men, both approaching fifty, one that was in a relationship for twenty years, suddenly finds himself alone, and questioning the reasons. The other, had a relationship twenty plus yrs ago, never to repeat. Finds himself questioning.

These two work well together, Seth, you find you want to protect him, Bryce, clearly, the Alpha, but also has some stuff to learn and growing up to do. They both can do this together, and we get to watch.

They have a captive audience as it were, being stuck on this cruise for three weeks, so during this time we learn all about the past, the current, help them both heal and grow.

Nicely done.


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