My Copy: Sent
Beth Mason seemingly has it all. A successful bakery/café called Decadent Dreams, good friends, and a nice home in Stamford, New York.
After her previous boyfriend dumped her six months before for not spending enough time with him, Beth decided that she had been through enough and wanted more in a relationship. Throwing herself back into the dating scene, Beth decided to go onto an online dating website called, ‘A Foreign Affair.’
Enjoying the different types of men from all over the world that ‘A Foreign Affair’ catered to, Beth became struck by a handsome man from Belarus named Yuri who was the former manager of the famed Rhapsody night club. After realizing that they had a lot in common, the two struck up a close, intense relationship.
Yuri, who’s been depressed since his nightclub burned to the ground and watching his best friend’s parents both die from a terminal illness, decided to take Beth up on an invite and join her for a fun-filled weekend in New York City.
With both of them full of emotions, will the weekend be just what they needed or more than they bargained for?
Decedent Dreams left me a bit up in the air. It’s fairly short and so I think my main concern with this one was that everything felt incredibly rushed. For example, the novella opens with the backstory that Beth and Yuri have been talking online through a dating site for six months. For the characters, that works. For the reader it doesn’t. It left me with no connection to them. I wanted to believe their feelings but being thrown into the middle left me out in the cold.
Beth invites Yuri to New York City for a weekend getaway. Within literally minutes of Beth arriving, they are tearing each others clothes off. I mean, it felt weird. Since I had no connection to them Beth might as well have jumped on a random guy in an alley. Yuri was definitely sexy, so I can’t totally blame her but……
Beth is a self proclaimed work-a-holic. She spends the first several chapters constantly worried over the running of her bakery while she is away. She hmmms and hawwws about her assistant manager in training and her inability to properly run the place in Beths absence. So when she leaves for her vacation, her current assistant manager is left to deal with the new girl. All this set up but after Yuri comes into the picture, Beth doesn’t check on the bakery again. In fact she ends up planning a 10 day trip to Russia to see Yuri after he goes back. I can understand she is in love, but for someone who spent the beginning chapters fussing over her job, she seemed overly easy to convince to take another vacation so soon after.
My last complaint was towards the end when they start talking marriage. The dating site, A Foreign Affair, actually had a “mail order groom/bride” program. Whaaa? Um okay. I mean it makes the situation easier for the characters but I just kept thinking…couldn’t we have gone a normal route? Beth wanted to get Yuri to the US but the process for immigration takes a long time. Why not just mail order him and the sites amazing lawyers can speed the process up to only a few months. Yes, it works. But the idea of actually ordering a husband (or wife for that matter) kinda feels…icky. I’m sure people do it. And I can’t explain it…it just felt odd to me.
I loved Yuri. By that I mean, I loved his body. I wanted to hear his accent. I’m a total accent whore. The sex scenes painted him in a very nice light. Ty can write some good smex. I did think Yuri seemed to not give much thought to leaving his family and moving in with Beth. We aren’t talking moving to another city or even a state…this is another country…across the world.
While I did have some issues with this one, I think they mainly centered around my lack of connection. Decadent Dreams was a solid contemporary that just needed to be longer. I enjoyed Ty’s writing voice and over looking my concerns, I wanted more. I wished this one was longer. I wanted more time to get to know the characters, their personal stories and what made them a great couple together. Great sex doesn’t necessarily equal a great relationship and that was where I had my issues. Concerns aside, there were no slow parts and it kept me reading till the end.
I give Decadent Dreams by Ty Langston 3 stars!