Thursday, 11 December 2014

GRENZEN

GRENZEN by Chris McHart
 
Pages: 85
Date: 11/12/2014
Grade: 4
Details: #1 Love in Germany Series
            Copy received from author
Kindle

The blurb:

“What do you do if the Dom you love is half a world away? 

When work requires Ryan to leave behind warm and sunny Arizona for cold and snowy Germany, he decides to visit the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market where he meets sexy Julian. 

But Julian isn't an average guy, he's a Dom. And he wants Ryan to be his sub. 

That's something Ryan has dreamt of, but never admitted to anyone, not even himself. With Julian it suddenly becomes possible. 

But what happens once Ryan has to go home, especially since he's developing feelings for Julian? 

There isn't a future for a relationship if you're half a world apart...” 

My thoughts:

Note: The word ‘Grenzen’ translates to border, boundary or brink. Making this a very apt title for a BDSM-themed romance featuring characters from two different countries.

The first line of the blurb is maybe a bit deceptive since the German Dom and his American sub aren’t actually apart until about the last quarter of this book. In fact, the being apart takes up relatively little time and space in ‘Grenzen’, something I greatly appreciated. While I’m slowly learning to appreciate the ‘angst’ aspect in romances I still prefer characters who look at their issues and solve them as soon as they can.

The development between Ryan, the American system designer and Julian, a German mature student, is sweet, tantalising and hot. We get just enough information about Ryan and Julian’s working life and background to get a good feeling for who they are without it taking away from the love story between them.

I liked the way the sex scenes were dealt with in this book. While it is clear from the story these two men have frequent and quite kinky sex, we only get two or three detailed scenes. Those scenes however are descriptive and hot enough for the reader to imagine exactly what happens after the ‘camera turns away’ at other times in the story.

I admired and appreciated the way Chris McHart managed to weave the difference between German and American society into this story. Not only is the German attitude towards homosexuality far more tolerant than the American, we also experience, through Ryan, how much better German labour laws are for employees there. And yet, these were presented as matters of fact rather than an exercise in one ‘upmanship’. Well done, Chris.

This is a relatively short book - more a novella than a novel - but the story never felt rushed or lacking in detail, both about the characters or the setting. In fact, I defy anyone to read this book and not end up wanting to jump on a plane to Nuremberg in order to visit that Christmas market.

In short this was a sweet, romantic and hot holiday read by an author I’ll be keeping an eye on.





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