Book Reviews

From Brussels, With Love by Emy Calirel

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 16-September-2020

Book Blurb

Two heartbroken men, two different countries, one perfect connection.

Trevor doesn't want to go to Brussels, he doesn't want to visit the city on his own, and more than anything he doesn't want a new boyfriend. Years of dating a man who didn't love him back has left his heart and confidence shattered. 

Jerome doesn't need a new relationship, he doesn't need more complication in his already overwhelming and out of control life, and more than anything he doesn't need to get his heart broken again.

When two lonely men meet for a weekend of no-strings-attached fun in Brussels, sparks fly and the fire they ignite is too bright to ignore.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2019.


Book Review

“Romance” is an excessively broad literary genre, especially in the gay world, where, episodically, it usually caroms between scenes of pornography and erotica. ‘From Brussels, With Love’, to its credit, is a touching story of two men for whom the physicality of their relationship primarily serves to highlight their deepening love for each other. Yes, sex is important and quite nicely, even epicly, depicted. But it’s not so raunchy as to require reading ‘From Brussel, With Love’ under the covers with a flashlight. And this, my friends, is no shortcoming, but rather is a strength.


Both Trevor and Jerome have recently (no pun intended!) come up short in the relationship department. They were so ready for each other, and after a passing meeting, they are also ready for at least a “one-off moment” in bed together. And yet, neither is quite prepared for the dynamics of sleeping over, or the morning after. They agree to stretch their time into a weekend of fun, intending it to be without consequences. As is said: Best laid plans… So, while calling it lust, it suddenly turns at least into infatuation and then more. (“It was nothing like their usual kisses. It wasn’t passion, it was care, and (he) surrendered to it.”) Welcome to gay romance, where “Hello” can verily be the commencement of a really short time line.


Okay. No question that Trevor and Jerome, after fits and starts, are on their way to a HEA. What makes ‘From Brussels, With Love’ worth your investment is how well Ms. Calirel manages to stir your anxiety along the way. Think of it as a roller coaster ride: the assurance of a safe conclusion needn’t detract from the scary thrill. Will Trevor and Jerome screw it up? Will their past broken hearts make them swear off love? Can either of them take the risk?


You already know the answer, but reading all about it will be a joy.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 198 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-September-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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