Erryn reviews The Cuckoo’s Call by Lily Morton. Published November 20, 2021, 296 pages. The audiobook was released September 15, 2022, is 10 hrs and 39 mins and is narrated by Joel Leslie. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read it: Lily Morton and Joel Leslie? I couldn’t wait.
Can a summer romance last forever?
Wren Roberts thought he’d found his fairy tale when he met Mateo Rossi on holiday in Majorca. The wealthy and successful older man swept him off his feet, and before he knew it, he’d thrown caution to the wind and was living in Mateo’s waterside apartment in Venice. It’s a far cry from his harsh upbringing and crummy flat in London.
But as the summer turns to autumn, cracks begin to show. Mateo’s family aren’t welcoming, and there doesn’t seem to be a place for Wren in Mateo’s world. He could have coped with all of that, but Mateo himself seems like a different person away from the sunshine island.
Should Wren have been more cautious in riding off into the sunset when he wasn’t sure what lay over the horizon?
From best-selling author Lily Morton comes a romance about two men who find that sometimes happily ever after doesn’t end there.
May I first start by saying that Lily Morton and Joel Leslie were made for each other? Rarely have I seen a more perfect union between narrator and author. Joel brings Lily’s words to life in a way that makes me smile every time. His accents are brilliant – present but not too heavy. He adds just the right amount of snark to the characters. He makes the dialogue sing and the story move along quickly. I’m always sorry when these stories end…
Okay, so Wren and Mateo. As is often the case with Lily’s books, the point of view is uneven – we get a whole pile of Wren before we ever hear from Mateo – but that works. We need to understand Wren’s motivations for when he steps out of his comfort zone and does something crazy.
But I digress.
Wren is on a vacation he can’t afford with a man he considered a friend but now truly wonders about. He’s treated badly by the staff at the resort and generally just wants to go back to his dreary life in England as a telephone insurance adjuster. The one bright spot in his life is Charlie, his librarian. I love how Lily can’t help but bring in characters from other stories – I love those cameos, yet know new readers to her won’t be left out if they don’t get the little appearances.
So Wren is about to head back to London when he meets Mateo. He doesn’t know the man might be important – he just thinks he’s met a nice guy. In fact, he spends money he doesn’t have to send a thank you gift to Mateo. There’s a connection – and Mateo finds a way to bring the entrancing Wren into his sphere – first on Majorca and then into Venice. They’re forming a bond, even though they’ve agreed that it’s just for a month. The problem? Mateo’s interfering family. They play on Wren’s insecurities, delighting in making the young man question himself. And I didn’t blame Wren for feeling that way – I’d likely have felt the same way. Also, Mateo changed and Wren felt he wasn’t able to keep up.
But this is a Lily Morton romance so I got my happy ending. I hope to see these characters make cameos in future books. And, of course, I hope those books are narrated by Joel Leslie.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she got her Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams, and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing because how else would she get to spend her time with hot, funny men?
And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.