Under A Greek Twilight by Jax Stuart

Jax Stuart kicks off the Love Abroad multi-author series of standalones with Under a Greek Twilight.

From the blurb:

Find Love Abroad in the olive groves of Greece.

When Joshua winds up single just before his European trip of a lifetime, he refuses to give up his spot, even if that means dealing with his cheating ex and his replacement for months. With his heart finally healing, he's dealt another blow leaving him reeling and needing some space from his friends.

Lysander is immediately drawn to the sad younger man when he finds him drinking alone in his bar and strikes up a friendship that quickly becomes more. He offers to guide Joshua and his friends around the island in exchange for help in his bar as an excuse to spend more time with him.

Giving into their attraction feels right. Can a holiday fling turn into something more?

Under a Greek Twilight is a sweet, instalove, vacation romance with an age gap and hurt/comfort themes.

Heather's Review:

This was such a wonderful vacation read, featuring a chance for two men to heal from past relationship hurts and grow together after a chance meeting in Crete. This story is age gap, low angst and a real treat to read if you're looking for a fun read with a tour of so many wonderful places in Crete. The island is definitely higher on my bucket list after reading this book, but back to what I love about the story... Josh and Sander take what could be difficult and cringy encounters with their exes and use them to heal and grow stronger together...

I appreciated the author's ability to share place and transport us to Crete! I loved the pacing and the vacation romance sweeping us along.. definitely one to add to your vacation reading list this summer or to just binge right now!

Rating: 5 Stars

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

This was so fucking cute. I mean I had heart eyes while reading most of it. Josh and Sanders romance takes place over an extended vacation Josh is taking with his group of friends. A group of friends I might add, that includes his ex boyfriend Ryan and the total jerkoff he cheated on Josh with. Let's just say I spent a good amount of time hoping Ryan and his new boyfriend would accidently fall off one of the cliffs while sightseeing.

Everything about Josh and Sander was just so sweet. Well, not everything. They sometimes let sweet take the backseat during their steamy times if you catch my drift ;). I loved how Sander helped Josh heal and see what an amazing man he was. In turn, Josh helped pull Sander out of a bit of a rut he was stuck in. They were just so good for each other. Not to mention, neither of them could keep their hands off one another either.

"𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠 𝙢𝙚."

"𝘿𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩?"

"𝘼𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠 𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣."

"𝙄’𝙢 𝙣𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙮, 𝙅𝙤𝙨𝙝. 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧.”

That always make me laugh in age gap romances. The young stud raring to go and has to be reminded by the older MC he might need a little more time to get there again. Another thing I loved about this novella was Joshua's father. He was such a loving parent and you just don't see those often enough in MM romance in my opinion. I was so happy Stuart included a mini HEA for him too. He deserved it just as much as Josh and Sander did. Under a Greek Twilight was just an all around cute and feel good read.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reedkaye's Review:

I enjoyed this story. Joshua breaks up with his cheating boyfriend and then ends up on vacation with him and his new boyfriend. Talk of uncomfortable. This story entertained me from the beginning since I can’t imagine doing such a thing. 

Joshua is the better guy and does his best so everyone, him, his ex, ex’s new boyfriend and friends on both sides try and enjoy the vacation but it’s pretty hard when the new boyfriend tries to make things uncomfortable and the friends are really split but then things change when Sander enters the story.  

Sander meets Joshua when Joshua is busy trying to drown his feelings. There is an instant attraction between the two but there is also an age gap plus Joshua’s friends worry that Joshua’s attraction is more a rebound than serious.  

This is a cute story that was to me a relaxing, enjoyable read. I love the characters. I think the author did an excellent job of putting all these characters together and the path the ex’s take flowed smoothly.  

This is just what I needed after reading a extra intense story.

Rating: 5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

I've never been to Crete, but I kind of felt like I had when I read this story. It was such a cute story, basically a holiday romance, I guess. I really enjoyed this and was just in the mood for something low angst, sun soaked and romantic and this fit that bill to a T.

The author's obvious love for Crete and Greece shone through, I felt it as Josh was exploring the place on his dream holiday with his friends. Well, his friends and friends of his ex and new boyfriend. Seriously, what kind of douchenozzle first of all goes on his ex's dream holiday, but then also brings his new boyfriend who he was cheating with? Ryan was the second most odious person in the book, the first is Zach, the aforementioned new boyfriend.

Enough about the terrible, terrible, people though and on to Sander and Josh. They were just so cute together, right from the first moment when they get drunk on Raki together and spend the night cuddling. It's pretty much an instant connection which isn't my favourite thing, but it worked for them as a holiday romance turned real. It made sense for Sander to want to come to the states as his family are there, though.

I really enjoyed this whole thing, from Sander and Josh's romance, to Ryan the terrible getting his final comeuppance (seriously why you would think it's okay to do that to someone is beyond me).

Rating: 4 Stars

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