Author: Hudson Lin
Book: Three Months to Forever
Series: World of Love – China
Page/Word Count: 134 pages, 47K words
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, BDSM & Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
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Ben is looking for an adventure when he accepts a temporary assignment in Hong Kong, but he never anticipates how his life might change when he meets a sophisticated, intriguing man named Sai. Their initial attraction is sizzling and soon grows into more as Sai takes Ben on a tour of the city’s famous landmarks and introduces him to the local cuisine. Sai stimulates Ben’s intellect and curiosity, and for jaded corporate lawyer Sai, Ben’s innocent eagerness is a breath of fresh air. It would be so easy to fall in love….
But nothing is that simple. Sai’s job forces him to do things that violate his morals, and the difficult dynamics with his family is a major obstacle to any lasting relationship with Ben. Back in Toronto, Ben’s father is ill, and can he really leave behind his home for a man he’s only known a short time? With the clock ticking, they must decide whether to risk it all and turn three months into forever.
3.5✨s – Dreamspinner’s World of Love line of books has allowed Hudson Lin to offer a glimpse into Hong Kong and experience a westerners impressions. Ben is Canadian and his 3 month posting to Hong Kong is a perfect vehicle for this travelogue cum lovestory. (That’s the Latin word for you dirty minded people, although there’s plenty of the other kind too!) Ben meets Sai right away but they don’t get together until days later, after an excursion into Hong Kong nightlife. Various other outings they take together, hikes, local travel and meals, paint a broad yet detailed picture of life in that city. I found a lot of depth to this narrative than isn’t really immediately evident.
The characterization is strengthened with a more esoteric glimpse into Chinese culture through Sai’s work as an attorney and his strained relationship with his family. Respect for family ties is very strong in Chinese culture plus Sai strives for his parents approval which he gets little of, partly because he is openly gay. His parents connection to the less than savory legal troubles of their friends keeps Sai burdened with work and straining his liberal morals and ethics. Ben becomes concerned and is sensitive to it offering his companionship to Sai who fins it an escape and a shelter. Sai is quite dominant in bed, and Ben is pleased to give Sai control but it’s very mild, just a few spanks and verbal dominance.
The romance is strong and balances well with the gentle education about Hong Kong sights and lifestyle. I find myself wanting to explore how the more cosmopolitan city coexists within China’s rules as that’s a far too complex subject for this story! More engaging was anticipating a resolution for the future for the couple with Ben’s impending departure for home. It’s a quite enjoyable and substantive read for a relatively short novel and I think anyone would experience a pleasant afternoon with this one.
About Hudson Lin:
Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with often-times conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.
Having spent much of her life on the outside looking in, Hudson likes to write about outsiders who fight to carve out their place in society, and overcome everyday challenges to find love and happily ever afters.
When not engrossed in a story, Hudson knits, drinks tea, and works the nine-to-five in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.
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