Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: I Love You More Than Pierogi
SERIES: World of Love
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 112 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2017
Marek and Adrian dated in high school, but a bitter breakup led them to choose different paths. Adrian is out and proud while Marek is in the closet. Adrian embraces his eccentricity while Marek clings to a conservative image. And while Marek worked hard to build a successful life and financial stability by climbing the corporate ladder, Adrian threw caution to the wind and has spent the last five years backpacking across the world.
Now Adrian is back in Warsaw, Poland, but while Marek thinks they will have a hookup and have a blast from the past, Adrian is just looking for a place to crash. Worse still, Adrian turns up at Marek’s advertising agency for help with his outrageous new business venture, and if Marek wants to get promoted, he might have to work with the guy who broke his heart.
This was certainly a change from the K.A. Merikan books I’ve read in the past. I’ve focused mainly on their Guns N’ Boys series and their Coffin Nails MC series, both of which are quite brutal, dark and gritty. I didn’t get gritty from I Love You More Than Pierogi. I think this series will be much more fitting for some of the other reviewers at Love Bytes who really enjoy romantic stories.
Let’s talk about the story in this current installment. Marek comes across at first as kind of a self-centered jerk, focused on his career at the detriment of a personal life, any sort of social interactions, and even of an active sex life. One day he hears from his teenage boyfriend, Adrian, who has just come back to Poland after five years traveling to, and living in, exotic locales.
When Adrian asks to stay at Marek’s apartment, Marek instantly thinks it is about sex, but when that is proven incorrect, he goes into a sulk, and focuses even more of his time (if that was even possible) on his advertising career at a prestigious company. So what if his coworkers constantly tell homophobic and sexist jokes. If he just laughs along, he’ll be fine, right?
When Adrian approaches the company about helping with advertising and marketing his new Polish food truck idea, and he specifically asks the owner of the ad agency to assign Marek to the account, things get complicated.
I really enjoyed the story, even though it was a surprise to me. It was a kind of sweet, miscommunication, former lover type romance that I’m sure will play well with a lot of our readers. I recommend it if you are into those sweet type stories with a HEA. It is proof that these ladies can’t write a bad story. I might not personally have loved it as much as their darker and more gritty works, but it was good.