Title: Hotel Pens
Travel writer Joe Jordan hasn’t been home to New York since his boyfriend broke up with him. Instead he’s hopped from hotel to hotel, collecting pens like a child in a fairytale might leave a trail of breadcrumbs hoping to find his way back.
But now he has an assignment, an article titled “5 Ways to Rediscover New York.” Being back on his home turf is daunting—until he meets Claude Desjardins, a gay romance translator staying in his hotel who, after a night of near passion, leads Joe on a treasure hunt through Manhattan, writing clues on Joe’s skin using hotel pens.
But it isn’t just New York Joe needs to rediscover.
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: To Catch a Fox , The Boy From Brighton, Miami Moon, Cairo Curse
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Publisher
Published: October 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance
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The book title grabbed my interest right from the beginning. I used to “collect” pens once upon a time. The use of that “habit” in this story was fascinating as both an analogy, and as a way to introduce the characters. Not only did it move the story along in an interesting way, it gave me something to think about.
A most interesting experience. The first few chapters I was a bit lost. In Chapter Four the author helped me out. “So I don’t confuse things too much, this is a flashback.” Whew! I thought I was losing it. Things weren’t making any sense or flowing well at all. But now that I knew we were doing a flashback, well actually several, I took a deep breath and pushed on.
Once I realized what was going on, I thought the author was rather genius at using this device to not only introduce Joe’s back story, but to also illustrate Joe’s state of mind. Confused. Disoriented. Unsettled. And I was right there with him. What a way to become part of the book.
When the flashbacks were over and the story returned to the present, I became completely charmed. I was inside Joe’s head so far, that is was me running around New York looking at things in a whole new way. I loved it, and I have never been to New York. Now, I would love to go!
I loved Claude! And I have to thank the author for NOT writing the French accent. Mr. Knight told me Claude had an accent, and that was enough for me to hear it. I did not have to suffer through trying to read it. I could concentrate on Claude’s charm, thoughtfulness, and romantic nature. *sigh*
This was a wonderful little read. Short, but not missing anything. The Characters were well developed and likable. The story was interesting and well written. The romance was sweet and hot. *sigh* The ending was satisfying. A wonderful bedtime read.