2 stars 4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Dee Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index Hurt/comfort Little to no angst long distance love m/m Mary D Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Standalone writer

The Sun Still Rises
 By Laura Bailo

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


Erik’s father lived for Pamplona’s yearly festival and the running of the bulls. Now he’s gone, and Erik flies to Pamplona on a whim to see the festival his father loved—without booking a room first. He’s looking at sleeping on the ground until friendly David from the tourism office offers to share his home.

When Erik realizes he trusts David, that he might even be willing to face his anxiety to get to know David better, he begins to understand what this trip could mean. Pamplona is even more beautiful when seen through David’s eyes, and Erik might have traveled around the world just to find himself. But can he hold on to his newfound confidence—and to David—when it’s time to go home

Review by Mary 

Sweet love story!

I got swept away in the atmosphere of Pamplona, it felt like I was there with Erik. Erik is coming to terms with losing his Father and I applaud the way Laura Bailo expresses this without it being too heavy. David is just what Erik needs to show him how to appreciate life again. Steph, Erik’s agent, is the voice of reason and helps reassure Erik about his decisions. I really liked this story. I could relate to the characters and found it enchanting. Left me with a smile on my face.

4.5 of 5 stars


Review by Dee

This is a part of the ‘World of Love series, set in Spain (Pamplona to be exact), but I felt I was in Anywhere, USA (a bit ironic, since I didn’t even get a sense of where Erik lived in the US).

Erik has recently lost his dad, (he used to visit Pamplona for the running of the bulls festival), and has decided to make the same trip in honour of him. Erik gets to Spain, eventually finds his way to Pamplona and meets David, who works at the local tourism office. Up to this point there is not much to indicate that Erik has left the States- yes, there are some Spanish words, but even my local mercardo more has Spanish on its front door (I live in Northern Virginia). There was no mention of the flight over, what it was like when Erik finally lands in Spain or even a description of what he might of seen on the drive over. Another thing that made this feel less than authentic was how David was portrayed- he was nice, but he read as an American. There was no hint of a local accent, (even though he’s never left Pamplona) he sounded American.

Anyway, Erik realizes he’s ill-prepared for the trip and needs a place to stay and David offers his place. They get to know one another and eventually get their HEA.

What I liked: If this was just a simple ‘boy meets boy’ story it reads as a nice story. David and Erik had a good rapport – I enjoyed their conversations.

What I didn’t like: I did not get a feel for where the story is set, even though it’s stated. Another thing that bothered me was that they ordered pizza for their first meal together!!! You’re in Spain, where there is so much good food, I expected at list one Spanish dish.. Last, the MC’s read younger that they were supposed to be; I honestly was not sure how old they were supposed to be.

I really tried to like it, but, (as an avid traveler, and a transplanted Brit), it fell flat for me.


2 of 5 stars


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