The honeymoon phase of the relationship between Dave and Nicholas from The Butterfly Hunter.
OF DREAMS AND CEREMONIES is the sequel to The Butterfly Hunter, and it really should be read in order as part of that series.
Dave and Nicholas have decided to spend the rest of their lives together, and now they must deal with the realities of their lives. No longer on an excursion, they must now deal with the ugly realities of leaving one’s family behind, obtaining citizenship in another country, and enjoying the beginning of their new lives together.
Having just read the first story, I was hoping to see more of this sweet couple get to know one another better. Unfortunately, there was too much going on in this story, and very little of it developed the characters any further.
Dave and Nicholas are both very kind people and most definitely in love with each other. As Dave gets to know a little bit about Nicholas’ family, they begin to plan out how they will celebrate their civil ceremony along with their honeymoon. They also must deal with trying to get Nicholas to be a permanent citizen in Australia, and in order to convince the government of their love for each other, Nicholas starts to blog about their lives together. It was nice to get a little glimpse into Nicholas’ mind from his musings.
The honeymoon included a bit of kink in the bedroom, and a mystery surrounding some lights and stones outside their cabin. The mystery was odd and I’m still not sure how it fit into this story. After heading back to Australia, they participated in the ritual that was started in the first story surrounding the mysterious location of the butterflies. It’s unfortunate more time wasn’t devoted to this wonderful couple and their relationship. There were so many times where it would have been nice for them to have a full conversation to explain exactly what was happening and how they felt about it.
If you enjoyed the first story in this series, then this is a must read to see the continuation of their happy ending.
Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
It seemed like a great idea at the time… Aussie Dave Taylor has followed Nicholas Goring to England, and the lovers have become engaged. But now Dave has to cope with living in a mansion full of family and servants, making wedding plans, getting his head around visa applications, and wondering why on earth he’d ever want to wear a ‘mourning suit’. He’s not sure if it will prove any easier, but right now Dave would love to just skip ahead to the honeymoon…