Title: Love in the Time of Hurricanes
Author: C.C. Bridges
Series: States of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/8/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 93
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.
When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.
I was really looking forward to this book based on the location of this “States of Love” series, and frankly, it disappointed but maybe for the wrong reasons. This story starts out with Nick driving into town and pulling into a closed pizza shop to try and find some food in his newly adopted hometown. Of course, the person behind the counter is super hot and sexy Lou – who flirts a little with Nick and eventually they try to make things work.
But things felt… off, throughout the entire story. I didn’t feel a connection between Lou and Nick, I didn’t jive at all with the story and the whole premise of the setting was basically glossed over/ignored during the book. It was odd. The best way I could think of to describe this book, is that I felt like I was being told a plot. Not reading a story, or reading through plotlines, but being told what the plot was as it unfolded. There was just no connection for me in this book.
Because I didn’t feel a strong connection, it’s hard to recommend it – but, I will say that if you’re looking for a quick read and enjoy a college-aged romance and insta-love, then this would be a good read for you.