Thursday, December 6, 2018

Warren’s Peace by Emjay Haze – Warmest Wishes

The holidays are a time for second chances.

Warren Blessing lost his wife (two years ago), and his kids decide he’s been alone too long. They send him on a holiday singles cruise so he can meet someone new. On the flight from Chicago to Miami, he sits next to an attractive man, but when the flight’s over, he doesn’t think he'll see him again.

Fletcher Hammond is a professional mystery shopper for vacation destinations and travel. After a split from his unfaithful fiancé, he’s embarking on a singles cruise. He meets a lovely gentleman on the flight, whose conversation and cocktails help Fletcher through his fear of takeoffs, but he doesn’t expect to see him again.

As if by fate, a meeting in the ship’s dining room renews their mutual attraction. But can they build a relationship with distance and baggage working against them? Or will they part ways when they return to port?

Second Edition
First Edition published by Torquere Press, June 2016.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance
Note: One character is openly bisexual

Warren and Fletcher

Warren is a widower with two, almost grown children. He loved his wife with everything that he was, but before he met her, he had only dated men. His wife knew about his bisexual nature and that didn't matter. They were in love and had made a wonderful family. Warren is now embarking on a singles cruise that his kids insist that he takes. Warren is worried that he has to tell his kids that he is interested in men.

Fletcher hates flying. Which is strange because he does it for a living. When he is met with kindness on the flight, he wishes that he'd see him again. Fletcher is taking some stock of his life because while he loves his job, he is lonely.

Both men are looking for something, but not quite sure what. When they find each other again, they see it as a sign from the fates. They begin their relationship on a cruise and from there, have to decide whether or not their relationship can survive the reality that they live in.

It was a sweet story, but mainly because I enjoyed watching Warren's kids push him to not be lonely. Otherwise, it felt a little flat and not very developed.

3.5 stars

This is a sweet and sexy short story about two middle aged men who find each other on a singles cruise. Both Warren and Fletcher are lovely. Their chance meeting on the flight to Miami is romantic and sparks fly from the start. This is definitely insta-love but the characters – and Warren especially – are well developed for a short story. This is a medium heat story that is sexy without being completely explicit. It is an easy, enjoyable read.

What I liked most was Warren and Fletcher are both middle aged, most M/M books are about young hotties. I loved the fact that Warren’s kids want him to be happy. This was a sweet short romance that I would recommend for a nice rainy day.

At the encouragement of his kids, Warren heads off on a singles cruise in the week between Christmas and New Year's. He meets Fletcher on the plane and they both wind up on the same cruise. I really like the set up for this book. It is easy to image meeting someone on a plane or even on a boat and having a romance. It is a believable fantasy.

The romance between Warren and Fletcher is nice and straight forward and there are no surprises in this story. But it was enjoyable to see the men fall in love while taking all the fun a cruise has to offer and it did make me want to take a cruise myself.

Warren's Peace was good and I liked seeing a story set around New Year's instead of Christmas, like most are at this time of year.

3.5 stars

This is a fun short story about Warren, who following the death of his wife knows that he wants his next relationship to be with a man. He is not sure how to tell his children that, but he agrees to go on a singles cruise, as it is open to all. A serendipitous meeting on board with Fletcher, that he first met on the flight over, leads to a sweet and hopeful new romance.

Nice read for a stress-free evening.

Emjay Haze is a Pennsylvania girl living in a Virginia world, growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs and moving to Northern Virginia to follow her now husband of twenty-plus years. She has two kids in college, a ten-month-old puppy named Max, a black-and-white cat named Tux, a gecko named Rex, a yellow tang called Reggie, and we hear the eels are coming this week. The family pastime is baseball, specifically the Nationals. They are also huge Redskins fans and love of classic rock.

Emjay graduated with a degree in Creative Writing in 2015 after realizing it was the only thing she really wanted to do. She has a wide and diverse work history in the fields of travel, hotel management, high-tech communications, web development, real estate, and the nonprofit health care industry where she has held positions such as travel agent, hotel concierge, web programmer, Realtor, account manager, and many, many others, giving her a varied and unique set of experiences that she draws upon in her stories and characters.

She fell in love with the m/m romance genre after discovering the world of fanfiction several years ago and hasn’t looked back. Her family keeps asking when her when she’ll write someone they can read, but she’s still having too much fun with her boys.

Her goal is to broaden the minds of those who might not normally pick up a gay romance because it’s more about the person than the sexuality. She’ll take you on a roller-coaster journey, but you’ll always get a happy ending.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Warmest Wishes: Warren’s Peace by Emjay Haze to read and review.

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