The Cuckoo's Call by Lily Morton

 Very few people can pull off Grumpy/Sunshine stories like Lily Morton... eternal optimism and hard-won grump seem to blend seamlessly in her books and none more so than The Cuckoo's Call....

From the Blurb:

Can a summer romance last forever?

Wren Roberts thought he’d found his fairy tale when he met Mateo Rossi on holiday in Majorca. The wealthy and successful older man swept him off his feet, and before he knew it, he’d thrown caution to the wind and was living in Mateo’s waterside apartment in Venice. It’s a far cry from his harsh upbringing and crummy flat in London.

But as the summer turns to autumn, cracks begin to show. Mateo’s family aren’t welcoming, and there doesn’t seem to be a place for Wren in Mateo’s world. He could have coped with all of that, but Mateo himself seems like a different person away from the sunshine island.

Should Wren have been more cautious in riding off into the sunset when he wasn’t sure what lay over the horizon?

From bestselling author Lily Morton comes a romance about two men who find that sometimes happily ever after doesn’t end

Heather's Review:

Set beautifully in Majorca and Venice, this book contrasts how easily someone who has never had love but wants it can find it, and how hard someone else who has seen the negative side of love can work so hard to keep it at arms length...

I absolutely love the ease with which Lily Morton blends rich and poor, grumpy/sunshine, age gap, work and holiday and so many other contrasts to build a beautiful story that touches the reader from beginning to end.  I particularly like Mateo's grandfather as a side character and hope that Mateo's college friends each find their HEA in future books...

If you're looking for the perfect escape, you may want to try The Cuckoo's Call, you'll escape to paradise and get a great love story too!