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The Sun Still Rises

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Whenever his father asked Erik to accompany him to Pamplona for the San Fermín festival, he said no. Now his father is gone, and in a spur of the moment decision, Erik finds himself in another country to run with the bulls in his memory. Erik hasn’t booked a hotel, and he’s completely unprepared for a city bustling with people. No accommodations to be had, he’s resigned to ...more
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Published November 11th 2019 by NineStar Press
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3.5 stars

First of all, I thought the author -- whom I believe actually lives in Spain and have walked the streets of Pamplona -- successfully brought Pamplona alive for me as a reader. So much that I actually Googled how to get there!!

Yep, if I ever be lucky enough to visit Spain in the future, I will make sure to include Pamplona on my itinerary, San Fermín festival or not. And that is what I love the most from Dreamspinner Press' World of Love series -- the ability from the authors to transport me to place
What a sweet story! Erik is carrying some pretty heavy baggage going in, but it never weighs the narrative down. Instead, Laura Bailo acknowledges the issues and then has her character deal with them, all with the sunny help of David. While I'm all about characters who are writers and a bit geeky and shy and sweet, and sensual love stories, the standout feature here for me was the setting. It's obvious Laura loves Pamplona and she makes her city sing. I felt as if I'd been on a holiday by the ti ...more
J.C. Long
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was an incredible story that resonated with me. I read it all in one sitting, and I regret nothing. Laura Bailo weaves an intriguing plot with interesting, engaging, fully-developed characters that really lead you to get invested in their story. The descriptions of locations and settings did exactly what I think the World of Love series of novellas is intended to do: it made me feel like I was there in Spain. Such a great insight into the people there. This will definitely NOT be my last bo ...more
Pam Faste aka Peejakers
Erik, a young American writer grieving the death of his father & struggling with an anxiety disorder, travels to Spain to run with the bulls at the famous festival in Pamplona, a journey undertaken in honor of his late father, who had loved & attended the festival every year There he meets David, a handsome, kindhearted young man who comes to his rescue in an upsetting situation & love quickly blossoms.

Very sweet, touching and innocent romance with a sort of comfortable domestic fee
Nina del Arce
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my goodness, this was the cutest! I will admit I squealed a little already at the blurb--specifically the fact that the story is set during the San Fermín festivities in Pamplona, Spain. I've never actually been there, myself, but I've watched the running on tv almost every year since I was a child. With that, the very Spanish sandwiches (all that tuna <3 ), and of course the tortilla that th
M.A. Hinkle
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laura Bailo is turning into one of those authors I want to read when I'm stressed out and need some good, low-conflict romance. The big highlight of the book is the bull running, of course, but most of the actual substance is characters being kind to each other and enjoying a really beautiful setting/eating some good food. David and Erik were both great characters, and all of the side characters were really funny and charming as well.

Something I also find really impressive is the anx
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book needed to be about 20% shorter. There was a lot of behind the scenes talk that the characters could have engaged in, well, behind the scenes. That said, the characters themselves were super adorable and the setting very interesting, so 3.5 stars. (Since GRs doesn't have half stars, I'm bumping it up to 4)
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words review

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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From that review: " For the most part, the author delivered a delightful, layered story of recovery, connection, and closure that was also a romance. That's a lot for a book that includes a sightseeing trip to Pamplona, Spain for its well-known running of the bulls. Did I mention it's 86 pages long?

It starts off with a conversation between Erik and his fath
Serena Yates
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2017
Impulsive decisions and anxiety attacks don’t really go together, but Erik, who recently lost his father, is going to have to figure out how to deal with the decision. His story is about dealing with his father’s death, embarking on a new life, and finding what he never expected to be his – a boyfriend and lover on top of a better way of dealing with his own shortcomings. This is a story of hope, and it’s set in a wonderful city that comes alive with a lot of interesting and fun details, written ...more
Isabelle Adler
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

This novella is a definite go-to read if you want a sweet, feel-good, low-angst romance.
I loved the beautiful chemistry between the characters, and the way the MC's anxiety was handled. The way David offered his support to Erik during his anxiety attacks was so sensitive and unobtrusive., and it made their unexpected connection so much more strong and meaningful.

The city of Pamplona is a character in itself within the book. Laura Bailo did an amazing job describing it
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

The story is cute, it's about a young man, Erik, a writer, who is dealing with the grief of his father's death and who decided to go to Pamplona, in Spain, because his father loved the festival with the running of the bulls. Arriving there without a clue, a word in Spanish and a reservation he meets a cute man, David, who decided to host him in his house. Of course they fall in love. They are actually very sweet, but
Despite this being a short read, I found myself intrigued by the main characters. The story focuses on Erik who leaves America spontaneously and heads to Pamplona, Spain, on the eve of the Running of the Bulls. He does this because his father had died earlier that year and attending the Running of the Bulls was his father’s tradition. However, because of his spontaneously trip, Erik ends up in the city without a place to stay. Luckily for him, a kind and attractive tour guide, David, learns of h ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The Sun Still Rises is a contemporary mlm romance novel written by Lauren Bailo.

Erik’s father went to Pamplona every year for the Running of the Bulls, and he always asked Erik to go with him. Erik always declined the invitation, and after his father’s death, Erik decides to go to Pamplona as a means to closure.

But his last-minute trip leaves him in a foreign country without any plan- no itinerary, no accommodations, nothing at all. The realization that he may have been too impulsive is exacer
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one.

The Sun Still Rises is a sweet little read with a touch of sadness that keeps it grounded.

Erik suffers from anxiety and after the death of his father feels a bit rudderless which leads him to make a decision that will change his life. A spontaneous trip to Pamplona to run with the bulls finds him in the city with no accommodations because he didn't plan ahead. Que David, a hot local with a spare room, and you've got the perfect set up for sparks to
Joyfully Jay
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

This is a book in the Dreamspinner Press World of Love collection and features what becomes an intercontinental romance. Erik is laughably naïve about his travel and plans in Pamplona. I chalk this up to his introvert personality and his grief, and it suited him. He’s certainly frustrated with himself for his quirks, which made him more endearing. David is a treasure, and I enjoyed spending time with him. I rather wished we had a bit more of his culture present, an
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, ebook, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

For being a story about running with the bulls, it was a quiet little story. Erik's dealing with his grief over his dad's death by traveling to Pamplona to run with the bulls. I appreciated the realistic portrayal of Erik's grief and anxiety.

I also loved the descriptions of the city and the information about the festival.

The premise of Erik ending up in David's guest room, and then them starting a relatio
This was a nice low-angst romance. I loved the setting - the descriptions in the book made me feel like I was there in the old city of Pamplona. And I recognised the experience of Erik, how a socially anxious person can sometimes feel at ease with a relative stranger because of an immediate connection - I've felt that too. I would have liked to see more of how their relationship developed over the years, though, because I wasn't convinced yet a couple of days' acquaintance could easily become a ...more
Christina's Bookshelf
I found this story delightful, meaningful, and full of emotions. Watching Erik go through the cycles of grief hurt my heart. Watching him do so in a manor not befitting himself was a hoot. Erik suffers from anxiety yet plans a last minute trip from Phoenix to Spain to feel a connection to his father. He makes no further arrangements other than getting there. Once he arrives he realizes just how out of his element he is and no place to go.

Thank goodness for David, the local tour guide.

You can s
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fairly enjoyable and quick read. There's definitely some suspension of belief necessary. The relationship goes from 0 to 100 over the span of about 2 days. I would have liked a little.... more. I understand it was a shorter book but it definitely could have used some more time in the city. For a book about traveling they sure stayed inside a lot. There were certain aspects of the city mentioned but it didn't give a real FEEL for the city at all. I would have liked a bit more of that, ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story based in Pamplona, Spain. I enjoyed reading Erik's story and the love he had for his father. After his father's passing, Erik takes over the tradition his father had of going to Pamplona every year for the 'Corrida de Toros' (the bull run). What he finds there is the help and the love of David, a tourism officer, who offers him shelter once Erik realized he didn't have a place where to spend the nights. I liked how their romance develops and grows into something more; caring, and lov ...more
S.A. Crow
Nice. Liked the exploration of Erik's anxiety and how they both dealt with it. A bit surprised by their emphatic declarations for each other after so short a time together, not sure I believed it within the story. But I liked both characters a great deal (though would have liked more about David) and overall enjoyed the story.
Cristie Underwood
Nov 12, 2019 marked it as kindle
This was an enjoyable read and I was able to read it in one sitting due to it being a shorter read. Erik's struggle with anxiety was relatable.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading The Sun Still Rises, I did not expect it to be so charming. This story is heavily influenced by it’s setting, the Spanish city of Pamplona, where our main character travels to in order to get in touch with a little piece of his recently deceased dad.

Erik, a well known author, travels to Pamplona to see the festival his father loved so much and Erik himself never really payed attention to before. Seeing as it was an impulse-trip, saying Erik didn’t come prepared
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Laura Bailo is an asexual Spanish author of queer romance. She’s an anxiety-ridden writer who, when not writing or reading, loves exploring the narrow streets of Pamplona and thinking about all the stories she wants to write in the future. She has a penchant for writing sweet stories with a Spanish flavor, be it fantasy or contemporary, and she’s still dreaming about writing her first historical. ...more