Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Received From: Review copy as part of the author’s ARC team
Ben is looking for an adventure when he accepts a temporary assignment in Hong Kong, but he never anticipates how his life might change when he meets a sophisticated, intriguing man named Sai. Their initial attraction is sizzling and soon grows into more as Sai takes Ben on a tour of the city’s famous landmarks and introduces him to the local cuisine. Sai stimulates Ben’s intellect and curiosity, and for jaded corporate lawyer Sai, Ben’s innocent eagerness is a breath of fresh air. It would be so easy to fall in love….
But nothing is that simple. Sai’s job forces him to do things that violate his morals, and the difficult dynamics with his family is a major obstacle to any lasting relationship with Ben. Back in Toronto, Ben’s father is ill, and can he really leave behind his home for a man he’s only known a short time? With the clock ticking, they must decide whether to risk it all and turn three months into forever.
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: homoromantic
TROPES: age gap, (mildly) grumpy x sunshine
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, Chinese character, Asian character, POC character, Chinese author, Asian author, POC author, interracial romance, interracial relationship, ownvoices, fat character, (light) BDSM
WARNINGS: parental illness, racism, ableism, homophobia mention, homophobic family, classism, cancer
After having read Hudson Lin’s previous book, INSIDE DARKNESS, I was expecting something much darker and more intense in THREE MONTHS TO FOREVER. And while I was incorrect in that assumption, what I found within the pages of this novel is a sweet, gentle love story between two people from different cultures who fall into each other’s lives and seamlessly becomes an inextricable part.
Both Sai and Ben are really great characters in their own ways.
Ben is a happy, teddy bear of a man who is endlessly fascinated by history and learning about new people and places and cultures different from his own. He’s on a three month trip to Hong Kong for business, and while he’s there, makes friends with Sai and a few other people who live in Hong Kong long term. It was so sweet to see how eager he was to get to know them, and to learn about their traditions in an effort to better respect the place in which he’s (temporarily) living.
Then there’s Sai who is so passionate and determined to make a difference while simultaneously struggling with the constraints thrust upon him by his parents and certain traditional aspects of his culture. Throughout the novel, we see Sai try so hard to find a balance between the culture and traditions that he loves as well as the more modern and liberal lifestyle he strives to live. It’s so lovely to see him come out on the other side of this struggle by the end of the novel, finding a way to get what he wants from both aspects.
And while there is some mild angst in the novel, it largely has nothing to do with Sai and Ben, and it was really nice to read a book where the relationship between the main characters was so easy and effortless. It was soothing and so simple to fall for them and their relationship right away.
This second novel from Hudson Lin was another win for me, and I look forward to more from her in the future!
Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with ofttimes conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.
Having spent much of her life on the outside looking in, Hudson likes to write stories about outsiders who fight to carve out their place in society, and overcome everyday challenges to find love and happily ever afters.
When not engrossed in a story, Hudson knits, drinks tea, and works the 9 to 5 in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.