My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Well, this was just too adorable. I may have actually sighed ‘aaawwww’ out loud a couple of times during reading!
Wire is big and scary looking. His size and looks is well utilized in his jobs as security guard and bouncer. But however tough he looks on the outside, he is a big old softie on the inside, dreaming impossible dreams of love, home and family.
When he catches Sid shoplifting he decides to help him instead of turning him in. And so begins the unlikely friendship and slow burn of this romance between the huge Maori bear and the tiny ginger twink.
The New Zealand setting and Maori culture plays a big part of the story and adds a lot to the story. It was interesting and exotic, the Maori words littering the text were fun and I had no issue with looking them up in the glossary during the read.
Wire’s big extended rowdy family were fun, but there were so many of them, that I did lose track of who was who outside of the immediate members.
The two MCs are both charming and insecure, maybe even a tad too insecure. The romance is slow burn, because neither of them believe in themselves enough to take that first step. But it was lovely all the same and their first kiss was ‘Kindle hugging’ cute.
There were some issues that did bother me, Sid’s later shop lifting being one of them, a few editing errors as well, but in general this was an incredibly sweet story that I would recommend to everyone who enjoy a simple slow burn romance with a Kiwi flavour.