Book Reviews

Too Many Temples (World of Love) by Erik Swill at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-March-2018

Book Blurb

Looking to spice up his stagnant sex life in Brisbane, self-professed player Adrian takes a weeklong vacation in Bali, anticipating sun, surf, and plenty of no-strings-attached hookups. He doesn’t expect his attraction to the tour guide, Ketut, to become an obsession. As he travels around the beautiful Island of the Gods, Adrian is startled that he might be falling in love after swearing off relationships for good.

When Ketut opens a window of opportunity for a real relationship in Queensland after the vacation ends, Adrian retreats into his life of commitment-free fun. Unable to forget Ketut, though, Adrian strikes out to the remote Queensland town of Rockhampton to find the man of his desires—hoping he hasn’t lost the chance for true love.



World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

Book Review

Bali is at the center of this story, and I really enjoyed learning a little about what it looks, sounds, and smells like. Seeing it through a tourist’s eyes who gets a private tour from a local guy, almost made me feel as though I had traveled there. With its tropical forests, monkeys, beaches, multiple temples, and interesting cuisine, it does sound like a great destination for a vacation.

Adrian initially doesn’t go there as much for the sightseeing as for the local guys he hopes to entice into his bed, but Ketut is able to show Adrian at least some of his beautiful home. Adrian is a player, superficial, and very selfish. I did not like him very much at first, but as I got to know him I at least understood better why he acts the way he does. A mix of lacking maturity and disappointment have led him to swear off relationships before he has ever really tried to be in one. Self-reflection is the first step toward growth, and Adrian begins this process once he meets Ketut.

Ketut is a local tour guide with many friends and a pretty philosophical outlook on life. He has spent some time thinking about things, different from Adrian, and enjoys sharing his beliefs and thoughts with others. He has no illusion about a possible future with Adrian, but when he mentions his plans for his future – one that includes him studying in a small town in Queensland – it is an opening with potential for more. Not that Adrian gets it right away.

Even though a spark has definitely sprung up between Adrian and Ketut and both acknowledge the potential for more, Adrian is not ready to give up his preconceptions. Nor is he ready to move to a tiny town and miss out on all the fun he is having in Brisbane – until he has some more time to think and starts being honest with himself. Not an easy process, but once he gets through it – look out Ketut!

If you like watching characters grow before your eyes, if you want to get a feel for Bali and all its beauty, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with a great ending, then you might like this novella.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 79 pages/26410 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-June-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/too-many-temples-by-erik-swill-8591-b