When his bank offers up the chance to take a temporary position in Hong Kong, Ben Dutton jumps at the opportunity. He can’t wait to travel and experience life in Hong Kong. What he finds is a city balanced between tradition and modernity and with many of its citizens torn between those two forces. Ben falls in love with the place and then he meets Kwok Sai Hei.
Sai is scarred by the work he does as a corporate lawyer. He’s forced to work for the wealthiest scum in Hong Hong and the job is killing him. Ben is like a breath of fresh air. He’s positive and loyal and everything Sai has dreamed of finding. But at the end of three months, Ben will leave and Sai will be on his own again. He has to decide if loving Ben for a short time is better than never having loved him at all.
Hudson Lin is quickly becoming a favor author of mine. Three Months to Forever is an excellent story focusing on two men from separate worlds, who love and a dream of something more. Ben and Sai are both well developed characters, though I would say that Sai certainly jumped off the page more than Ben. He is modern and forward thinking, but trapped between filial duty, a job he hates, and the man he wants to be. As a Westerner, I think it can be hard to understand why a man would continue to do his parents’ bidding long into adulthood. But Lin has done an excellent job of explaining Sai’s responsibility to tradition and duty and why it burdens him so. The division that creates within Sai makes his character incredibly engaging and sympathetic.
The author wonderfully describes Hong Kong and it was easy to see how captivating the city can be. There’s a uniqueness about Hong Kong and it exists as an intriguing blend of Eastern and Western influences that combine to create something fresh and new. The city is described with such vivacity that it easily becomes a third character in the story.
The book is quite well written, but there are parts where pacing is a factor. I wouldn’t say Three Months to Forever suffers from lags. Rather there are periods between the action that seem to falter somewhat. These sections aren’t bad by any means and sometimes they needed to happen to further the relationship between Ben and Sai. But they just seemed to pause the forward motion of the book and I found this to be slightly annoying.
Three Months to Forever is an excellent addition to Hudson Lin’s growing body of work. Ben and Sai are both captivating men and their story is sweet and life affirming, as well as realistic. There are some very slight pacing issues, but on the whole this book was a joy to read. Consider it highly recommended!
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.