Book Reviews

Sunset at Pencarrow (World of Love) by Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-February-2018

Book Blurb

Kiwi Nathaniel Dunn is in a fighting mood, but how does a man fight Wellington’s famous fog? In the last year, Nate’s lost his longtime lover to boredom and his ten-year job to the economy. Now he’s found a golden opportunity for employment where he can even use his artistic talent, but to get the job, he has to get to Christchurch today. Heavy fog means no flight, and the ticket agent is ignoring him to fawn over a beautiful but annoying, overly polite American man.


Rusty Beaumont can deal with a canceled flight, but the pushy Kiwi at the ticket counter is making it difficult for him to stay cool. The guy rubs him all the wrong ways despite his sexy working-man look, which Rusty notices even though he’s not looking for a man to replace the fiancé who died two years ago. Yet when they’re forced to share a table at the crowded airport café, Nate reveals the kind heart behind his grumpy façade. An earthquake, sex in the bush, and visits from Nate’s belligerent ex turn a day of sightseeing into a slippery slope that just might land them in love.



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Book Review

One of the things I like about the ‘World of Love’ series is the feeling of getting to know a country I have never been to – even if only a little bit. ‘Sunset at Pencarrow’ is one of the stories that did this in spades, and not just due to the landscape, settings, and descriptions of local food. It was about the characters and how they behaved, especially “Kiwi” Nate, as much as about the adventures he and his new American friend, Rusty, experience as they explore parts of New Zealand. Their exploits kept me interested and I loved following them around.

Nate is not an immediately likable guy. He is all ready to go to a job interview he has worked hard for when his flight gets cancelled due to fog – and he is so upset that he does not take it well. Grumpy is putting it mildly! But I could see where he was coming from and he does redeem himself with the nice way he takes care of Rusty, so I ended up liking him a lot. He is a fountain of local knowledge, explains the specific New Zealand sights and even language really well, so he proved to be a competent guide for Rusty (and me) in the end.

Rusty is on a business trip and the last thing on his mind is a romantic interlude. His fiancé died two years ago, but he has not found anyone to pique his interest since then, and he does not expect Nate to be the one – not after the rough start they have. But as they get to know each other and Rusty begins to see another, much nicer, side of Nate, this slowly changes. It’s a gradual transition from “keep this guy away from me” via “hmm, he might be a lot more interesting than I thought” to “he is a really nice guy whom I could easily fall for”.

If you like two strangers being thrown together by inclement weather, if you want to watch two grown men struggle with initial perceptions changing to a deeper understanding, and if you’re looking for an entertaining, informative read set in New Zealand, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 129 pages/48703 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-June-2017
Price $5.99 ebook
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