Changing Plans: Review and Giveaway
Length: 8hrs 2mins/77,500 words approx.
Narrated By: Charlie David
The collection consists of three previously published novellas: Getting off the Ground, Infinity Pools, On the List. All three novellas deal with the same two characters – Elliott Chandler and Derek Windsor. They meet at the airport, waiting for the plane to Hawaii. Elliott has just been stood up at the altar, and what was supposed to be his honeymoon turns into a trip-for-one. Derek, on the other hand, is just returning home, and the stubborn Seattle weather has decided that the plane won’t take off that day.
Elliott, who is described as a “control freak” and loves to have everything planned, of course reserved a hotel the moment he started to think that they may not leave that day. Having accidentally outed himself to nearby to-be-passengers, he is chatted up by Derek, and they leave together to eat…and later, go to the same room that Elliott has reserved.
The second part starts when they arrive to Maui, the home to Derek, who persuaded Elliott to change his plans. Their relationship begins properly and starts to evolve into something potentially serious. The third part then, is shorter and focused on their long-distance thing, as well as what happens later.
I liked both characters, but especially Elliott. I liked how Derek got him to gradually relax, yet did not force him to do anything. He says what Elliott could do, but he is not obliged to. Derek seemed a bit unrealistic to me, what with being loaded, as well as being really nice to Elliott. In my mind, this did not go together that much. The side characters were generally unlikable, such as the ex-fiancé we spend no time getting to know, as well as Derek’s family. They went from homophobic, criticising his impending marriage, to being tolerant because they realised how they had hurt him. It, once again, felt unrealistic.
Despite the flaws described above, this was a nice story (or should I say stories?), easy to read, with no angst. They are perfect for when one needs to read something cute to feel better.
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About The Author
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…
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