Rewind – Rewind, Book 1
Themes & Genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, second chance, France, homophobia
The day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed. Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him down…until the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heart.
Florian Beaudry had his whole life figured out. His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last. Or so he believed…until he walked in on his girlfriend and best friend.
Still on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian. The one person he thought he would never see again. The one person he missed the most.
Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?
What I think of the book:
Rewind is the first book in a series that – as far as I can tell – will follow a new couple in each book with the characters’ roles switching from main to supporting. For example, the second book – Return, will be about Florian’s friend Raphaël. This leads me to believe that we could read each book as a standalone.
Does that mean that we got a satisfying conclusion to Enzo and Florian’s story in Rewind?
Erm… Sort of.
As far as the romantic plot goes, we got what we came for: sweet moments, drama and what resulted from them (that I can’t tell you about ’cause it’s a spoiler).
However, there had been a couple of subplots that just had no conclusion.
One has to do with Florian’s ex best friend (again: can’t go into details because of spoilers) and the other – with his parents. There were no repercussions for something that ex friend did and, due to a certain phone call, I explected Florian to face off his mother and father.
Now, the scene with the phone call and the parents could serve as motivation for the actions Florian takes later on, so I’m willing to give that one a pass.
But why was there no resolution to what his ex friend did?
It seemed that the author was so concentrated on the romance that they forgot what else they were writing about.
Granted, the romance itself is not badly handled.
It’s one of those books in which each character helps the other with something and in the end both are better people for it, so I’m giving Rowan Shaw some brownie points for that.
As for the setting – France: I don’t know anything about the LGBT scene there, but I sincerely hope most people aren’t as ignorant and homophobic as they are portrayed here. I’m glad there weren’t too many France-specific references for audiences who, like me, don’t know much about the country and its culture.
There was something that puzzled me though: some of the sentences with endearments.
The whole sentence would be in English and only the endearment would be in French. If they all spoke English and one of the characters was French so (s)he occasionally put in a French word, I’d get that; but they all speak French all the time in the books so why is part of the characters’ speech in English and another part in French?
Who would I recommend this book to? Rewind has short chapters, perfect to read when you have a bit of time between tasks so I’d recommend it to people with busy schedules who can’t commit to a lot of reading at once.
My rating: (4/5 Eiffel towers)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Am I interested in other books by this author? I might read Book 2 – Return.
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