I Heart You, H.C. Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Gay Romance
Tags: Australian Setting, Contemporary
Length: 66 Pages
Reviewer: Kazza K
After a six year absence, Kale Stone returns to Australia to inherit his father’s vineyard, Vine Mountain Winery, but finds a shocking requirement to the will. His homophobic father set an impossible condition: he must marry or reach age thirty-five before he can inherit the family business and fortune. Unable to run the winery without the money, he has no choice but to sell.
The only light in the darkness is his childhood friendship with the winery manager, Tyler Duram, which grows into a secret love affair. When an offer arrives for the vineyard, it includes a contract for Tyler. Unwilling to lose Tyler, Kale searches for another solution— until he catches Tyler kissing another man.
Twenty four year old Kale Stone has been away from Australia, and his family winery, for six years. His father threw him out when it came to his attention that Kale is gay. Now he has returned to Queensland because his father recently died and he has a winery to oversee. However, there are stipulations along with the winery – Kale must marry and until he does he only receives $100,000. There is a larger estate at stake, over $27 million dollars, but not if he doesn’t do what his father has willed. His dad was homophobic and believed that if Kale married it would sort our his gay lifestyle choice. The $100K won’t pay wages or run the estate past six weeks so he wants to put the winery on the market and return to France. But part of the winery now is the manager, Tyler Duram. He came on board when Kale’s father bought his family’s property and he’s become a good manager and vintner. Tyler fancied Kale when they were younger but he was seventeen when Kale left and Kale was not going to go there with a seventeen year old. But now, now Tyler is all gown up.
Long story short, both men fancy one another, start a relationship, and time apart has not thawed out the attraction, it’s ramped it up. But how to get around that will? Aha! It seems there’s a loophole. Dad didn’t stipulate marriage to a woman in the will – which I found a tad convenient, but anyway…
If you like a sweet, middle-of-the-road, quick MM romance, with an antagonist thrown in to cause a slight bit of drama before the happy ending, then this could be your book. It is easy to read, light, pretty sweet and the characters are mostly likeable.
Sadly, I rarely read books set in Australia because they tend to get Americanised. While this e-book is not bad overall, and isn’t really geographically specific, apart from Brisbane airport, we don’t use blacktop here and we call them prawns not shrimp. If you set a book in a particular country go the whole distance with the lingo.
ARC supplied by Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest review.