Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Venetian Masks by Kim Fielding (Originally Posted: Feb 14, 2013)

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Venetian Masks by Kim Fielding

First, here's the blurb:

Jeff Dawkins’s last partner left him with a mortgage he can’t afford and nonrefundable tickets for a month’s vacation in Europe. Despite a reluctance to travel, Jeff decides to go on the trip anyway. After all, he’s already paid for it. He packs a Kindle loaded with gay romance novels and arrives in Venice full of trepidation. There he meets the handsome and charming expat Cleve Prieto, who offers to serve as his tour guide. Jeff has serious misgivings—he wasn’t born yesterday, and something about Cleve doesn’t sit right—but anything is better than wandering the canals alone. With Cleve’s help, Jeff falls in love with Venice and begins to reconcile with his past. For the first time, Jeff finds himself developing strong feelings for someone else. But he can’t be sure who that person is because Cleve’s background remains a mystery embroidered with lies.

Then a dark figure from Cleve’s past appears, and Jeff must choose whether to let Cleve flee alone or to join him on a desperate run through central Europe. Maybe Jeff will finally be able to see behind Cleve’s masks—if he survives the journey.

Now for the painful part.....

To be honest, I was really looking forward to this one, especially after reading the reviews and reading out for myself how well written and satisfying Kim Fielding's book Speechless was. I have that on my Favorites file and have read it twice since. So when Venetian Masks was released, I had to have a copy.

Do I regret reading this? No.
Do I regret holding on to it till the end? No.

This book had a promise, but it fell not-so-flat for me, it just fell. Period.

Personally, I felt like I was reading a coffee table Travel & Food Guide instead of an MM story set in Europe and usually I do open these types of books only when I am having a cup of Earl Grey tea and trying to relax on a good Sunday after all work is done and the house is quiet for once. Otherwise, they stay untouched.

It also had a Roman Holiday feel to it. You know, that Audrey Hepburn movie way back when? It had promise, it had the right marketing and all, the actors were good and very good looking, but it still fell flat.

My rating this book a 2 is hard for me, painful even, especially after reading all the other books this author wrote. Will this make me stop reading Kim Fielding's works?


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