Love, Austen (Book 5)
When you have the love of your life, you hold on tight.
You don’t let go.
Debate champ extraordinaire Elliot Anneston is a master in persuasion. He wins at everything. Until he meets sexy Scottish transfer Wentworth McAllister. Suddenly he doesn’t know what’s up and what’s up. The world is a whirlwind of feeling, and when it comes to the debate of his life, to lose is inevitable. How can he not, when his argument is a lie?
I can’t love you. I don’t.
When you lose the love of your life, you don’t get a second chance.
Or do you?
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“Elliot, Song Of The Soulmate” is a contemporary gay retelling of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”.
“Annnnd, excuse us.” Elliot cuffed Wentworth around the arm and pulled. And pulled. “Yeah, you’re going to have to move, big boy.”
“Big boy?” Wentworth looked intrigued.
“Man, the big boy bit was all you.”
“You make me funny in the head.” Elliot pulled more insistently and Wentworth folded into it, allowing himself to be dragged out into the foyer. The heat under the soft material of his sweater made Elliot’s hand feel weirdly light. He let go hurriedly. “We can’t be friends now.”
“I’d never be able to bring you home and look my mum in the face again.”
“You can always hang out on The Frederick. My houseboat.”
Elliot halted. “Your what now?”
“Dad and Jane and I live on a boat. I have no problems bringing you home and looking him in the face.”
“I don’t swim. I’m not hopping on a boat.”
Wentworth was once again leaning against a wall, one foot crossed over the other, arms folded, lazy smile tipping his lips. “If we cannae hang oot at your place, and you wullnae set foot on mine . . .”
“Exactly! Whatever weird fancy you had here, it’s a lost cause.”
Wentworth narrowed his eyes in concentration. “Elliot?”
He pushed off the wall; it halved the distance between them to a foot. One silly little foot, and it was both the shortest and the longest distance of Elliot’s life. Their eyes met. Such a brilliant, midnight blue . . .
“I’m a very stubborn guy. Think of me like an oak, roots deep in the ground. Immoveable. When I make my mind up about something, I see it through. And my mind was made up last night. I want—”
“To get to know me,” Elliot finished for him, hands on hips, frowning.
“Yes, but more than that.”
“You want to be my friend.”
“More than that.”
“My best friend?”
Wentworth shook his head.
Elliot froze and whispered, “My boyfriend?”
Wentworth paused, and again shook his head. Elliot wrung out a relieved breath. Electricity shot around his body at the mere thought of being Wentworth’s boyfriend. Unbearable.
Yes, unbearable. But . . . Also thrilling?
Wentworth met Elliot’s eye. “I want to be your husband.”
I skipped book four…the premise sounded like angst, hate, and miscommunication and a mess I didn’t want to deal with; and although Ethan and Finley are in this book, it’s not necessary to read it for Elliot’s story. Books two and three didn’t wow me so I went into this one with trepidation. And while there was a lack of communication here, it didn’t bother me as much and I liked this book as much as I did book one.
There is pain in this one, but I’m a sucker for second chance romances and man did I like Wentworth. During their first meeting in the opening scene, I knew I’d like this story. It’s broken into two parts – the early years and the reconnect. The early years is a VERY quick look at how they meet and fall in love. It spans almost two years but is told in 6 chapters. I almost gave up because it was like speed-dating, and I was going to be very disappointed with that pace. However, it was only for stage-setting and the pace of Part II was better.
Wentworth is everything…maybe a little crazy the first time they meet but he’s sweet, enamored, and everything anyone should want in a partner. And Elliot crushed him. I was upset at first about the lack of communication, but their second chance worked for me – every part of it. They reconnected and got to know each other all over again, and worked just as well the second time around as the first.
The ending confused me a bit…I stared at my kindle for longer than I should have. It’s an HEA but so abrupt it startled me. I don’t think anything was missing, I just wasn’t prepared.
Ultimately, this is my favorite of the series with Lake and Knight closely following. The graphics are just as amazing in this book as the previous in the series and sadly, my favorite part of each book so far.
Noah is in the next book it appears and is a retelling of Sense and Sensibility. He intrigued me and I like the original, so I’ll be in for it.
About the Author
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.
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