Freelance photographer Dan Wright isn’t looking for romance in Venice. Still smarting from a bad breakup, Dan just wants a vacation and some self-indulgent fun to help him clear his mind. But amid the mystique of the city, he meets quiet schoolteacher Cesare Eveschi, and he decides there’s nothing wrong with a holiday fling. After all, it’s not like there’s a chance for anything serious when Dan is out and proud and Cesare is still hiding in the closet.
But as the two men engage in a whirlwind affair, Dan sees more than he expected in Cesare—behind the shyness and traditional values is a passionate and idealistic man yearning for love. Dan isn’t sure he wants another relationship, but he can’t deny the feelings forming between them may last beyond the suntan. Before Dan lets the possibility for happiness slip through his fingers, he must take a step back and acknowledge how his time in La Serenissima—his time with Cesare—has changed him.
Light and Water by M. King is a contemporary out-for- you romance about the intersection of family and staying true to yourself. After splitting with his live-in boyfriend, photographer Dan Wright heads to Venice to lick his wounds…or have a one-night stand lick them for him. But the appeal of those fade faster than the memories from his alcohol-fueled club nights. Enter the quiet, closeted Cesare Eveschi. Dan and Cesare hit it off, but Dan isn’t willing to be Cesare’s secret, so they agree to focus their passion into friendship.
Light and Water was a beautifully written book. King made Venice come alive through a true artistry of language. The descriptions were as vivid as you’d expect from a photographer. The characters were lovely and their romance sweet, if rather slow. In fact, my biggest criticism of the novel is the pacing. But that was partly due to King’s descriptions. When everything is painstakingly detailed it’s difficult to have a heart-pounding plot.
While Light and Water held no great surprises, I would recommend it for anyone who revels in carefully crafted language and characters who grab you by the heartstrings and don’t let go.