Wendy reviews Seven Days by Cristina Bruni. Published by JMS books January 26, 2017, 228 pages.
During a golf tournament in Virginia, American golfer Reggie Weston meets Russell Lee, the British former world champion in the sport. The two men hit it off when Russell takes Reggie under his wing, teaching him the tricks of the game.
As their friendship deepens, Reggie finds himself falling in love with the Englishman, though he knows Russell doesn’t feel the same. He’s painfully aware of the fact that Russell isn’t gay.
But there’s more to Russell than meets the eye. He’s a troubled soul, plagued by monsters in his head telling him who he should be. He’s spent most of his life hiding his sexuality from the world so he won’t disappoint his homophobic mother.
Is seven days enough time for Russell to break through the years of hurt and accept the new direction fate has in store for him and Reggie?
We were given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: This week we have a 2-4-1 theme, so I am reviewing two books this week. I was privileged back in December to help Rainbow Gold Reviews host the cover reveal for this book (her first in the US) and then again in January to help Cristina celebrate her release day. When she reached out to us again to ask if we would be interested in reviewing the book, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Not only is this the first book I’ve read by this author, but it’s the first book that I’ve read that was translated from another language (Italian in this case) to English.
I can’t tell you all how much I enjoyed this book. I’m not a big golf fan, but even so, I was immediately captivated by the characters in this book. Reggie is just a sweetheart. A gentle soul that’s kind and innocent. I loved that he was devoted to his sport and is very passionate about it. As a young man who is out and proud, I expected him to be more of a player, but he was very down to earth and sweet. I love characters that want a serious relationship and aren’t tempted by pretty faces…that was Reggie. Someone you want to have for a friend because that’s the kind of person who will be loyal and never let you down. Russell was a great character too. I felt so badly for him feeling like he needed to stay in the closet to remain a part of his family. I can understand that he was very conflicted, especially as an older (not old) adult. He had been living his lie for so long and it became comfortable. That made for some very tense moments in the book.
This is such a lovely romance. There is some angst and a bit of drama, but in just the perfect proportions. A very well crafted romance story and I didn’t want it to end. Truly, very well written. It’s become one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Where to buy:
Cristina Bruni lives in northern Italy with her husband and their child. She’s already published many M/M novels in Italy with Triskell Rainbow publisher. Since she was a young girl, her biggest wishes were being a mother and an author and now, after fighting for it for years, she finally succeeded in both. She loves travelling abroad, going to the cinema, reading Sherlock Holmes, luxury bags and playing tennis and golf. She’s madly USA-sick and UK-sick.
She made her debut writing fanfictions and, now, her new wish would be writing love Male-to-Male stories for the rest of her life and living on a beach in Hawaii.
Maybe dreams will come true again, sooner or later…
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