Title: The Seventh Flower
Author: Ingela Bohm
Series: World of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 02-08-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Bisexual
Page Count: 76
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Christer is too old to believe in fairy tales. He’s not the kind of guy to pick the proverbial seven flowers on Midsummer’s Eve so he can dream of who he will marry, and he certainly isn’t the type to fall for someone he’s just met. Especially not a womanizing blogger named Henrik.
Besides, Christer’s previous marriage didn’t end with a happily ever after. Therefore, he has no interest in gifting his heart to someone who lives five hundred miles away and probably isn’t even gay. His family is right: it’s time he grew up and stopped dreaming.
But Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden is a magical night, and Henrik won’t stop flirting. As the midnight sun shines down on the misty woods, maybe there’s room for one last dream.
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Seventh Flower is set in Sweden and takes place during the Midsummer’s Eve celebration annually hosted by one hero’s family. I enjoyed another book from the World of Love series by Dreamspinner Press, and was eager to see what this story and author offered. In so far as taking the reader on a journey to a country not typically used as a romance novel setting, it was excellent. The descriptions were vivid and picturesque, transporting me to a rural forested area of Sweden. I really enjoyed the way the author wove in the cultural history of the region as told by Christer. That approach and the magnificent imagery were what kept me most interested in the book.
While his fascination with the historical accounts added depth to Christer’s character and his passion came across to the reader, I struggled to connect with both him and Henrik. Neither character is flushed out completely. Therefore the awkwardness of their meeting and navigating their initial attraction along with Christer’s negativity and self-loathing grew a tad tiresome and slowed the pace. I think if I understood his motivations more, I wouldn’t have felt that way. By the end of the novella, I did find myself growing fonder of both men, but I didn’t have time to really appreciate the changes.
The entire story takes place within a single 24 hours, so much of the romance progresses quickly. However, the author carefully constructs the tale so it’s not insta-love or unbelievable, but rather the telling of a couple’s first time meeting and their attraction taking hold. I enjoyed this approach, but wished I had more time to watch the characters and their relationship blossom. If you have a fondness for stories that take place in different settings, this series is quite lovely. I will likely revisit this particular author in the future, because I did find her storytelling and descriptions wonderful.