Review: Mended with Gold by Lee Welch


Note: This ARC was provided by the publisher via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Mended with Gold is a novella written by Lee Welch and it's set in Kahawai Bay, New Zealand. Forty-five-year-old Canadian Alex Cox has left behind his life in London in order to find some semblance of peace and solace in a beachside New Zealand town. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after his last assignment in Laos, Alex isn't sure if he'll be able to find that same passion he once had for photography. The nightmarish images from what happened abroad continue to linger, making it difficult for peace of mind to even begin to be a constant. Then he meets twenty-six-year-old artist Joe Taylor. Initially shy, the young man with a penchant for creating his own comic books infiltrates Alex's heart in ways no one ever has before. But what could ever come from what may very well be a one-sided attraction between two men with nearly two decades apart and each one bearing scars of the past?

This quick read was a slow burn romance, one that had his fair share of angst, especially considering what Alex went through in Laos and what Joe endured after a car accident. I enjoyed reading about how these two men, both artists and dealing with their respective issues that resulted from life-altering events. I liked how they forged an unexpected friendship and seemed to be at their most comfortable when it was just the two of them exchanging views on almost anything and everything. The first half was far slower than I would have preferred, but things definitely picked up in the second half, particularly in the last couple of chapters. This is Lee Welch's debut release--at least, as far as I can tell based on the author's website--and it was a good one. 3.5 stars for Mended with Gold. ♥

Date Read: 20 November 2017

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