Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the Church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered Fan Fiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing ?hobby? more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
Shy and geeky Rhys White, has recently been ditched by his boyfriend of five years. On top of that he's been made redundant from his job as a computer programmer.Tired of being boring and unadventurous, he throws caution to the winds and buys a plane ticket to Peru.Rhys' adventure in Peru starts out well, but then disaster strikes. All of his belongings are stolen. Everything is gone: passport, wallet, phone, clothing, the lot.Stranded in Cuzco, not too far from the famous Machu Picchu, Rhys tries to find someone to help him. He's about to give up, when a sexy Brazilian named Rafael, comes to his rescue.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars
(Based On Short&Light Read Category)
In Darkest Peru is about Rhys who loses all and decides to throw the angst of life to the winds and just go with the flow of it. For once. So he goes off to Peru. His darkest hour comes in when he loses all his belongings, no thanks to a highway robbery. Stranded and a stranger in a land where tourists can disappear, he gets side swiped and rescued by Rafael.
Joining up with Rafael is another action that throws caution off but as this is a romantic novel, his irresponsibility pays off. Rafael is just a young man who wants to work in Peru as a guide. So he does it with Rhys during the day. At night, well, that is a different story.
When Rhys finally flies home to England, it is then he realizes that not only did he get over his darkest hour, he found himself. Thanks to Rafael.
This is a finding-myself-story but it is set romantically in a far off and exotic country called Peru. There are a lot of things I would not do myself here but am not surprised Rhys does them as I have met tourists aplenty who do just what he did and came out smiling in the end. Author Louise Lyons writes a believable tale of things that can go wrong when traveling as well as finding things go right in that same adventure.
Adventurous, sexy, and romantic, this is a short story that makes the readers frown but come out smiling. Good read.
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