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A Honeyed Light by Freddie Milano
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Book – A Honeyed Light
Author – Freddie Milano
Star rating - ★★★★★
Cover – Stunning
POV – 3rd person, dual character POV
Would I read it again – Yes
Genre – Holiday, Family, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **



This was a beautiful story. The perfect length, with great attention to detail, especially for the Diwali holiday traditions and celebrations. At the same time, there was subtle but genius characterisation and diversity. I loved the gentle way the author handled the characters diversity in relatable ways, e.g. the Halloween movie conversation.

Olli and Sunmi are great secondary characters, along with Kunal's family, but Kunal and Oscar definitely shine as main characters. There’s something special about those two, together and apart. So sweet, so romantic. It’s nice to see two grown men – 25 and 30 years old – being cautious, romantic and considerate with each other, without attempting to push the others boundaries. I also loved that Oscar was a proud bisexual man and he was willing to guide the naive Kunal through the scary journey of discovering himself. That last conversation between Kunal and his parents had me nearly in tears and holding my breath. So brilliantly done and with a great, supportive message.

The text itself was beautifully presented, more than easily matching the fluid, well written words and storytelling that made it possible for me to smile the whole way through. Great world building allowed me to immerse myself in the story, in the unfamiliar Hindu culture and the Diwali holiday, without feeling lost, confused or left out.

I was especially intrigued by the ending and the possibility that there might be a new story for these characters. I can’t wait to find out if the mysterious Jamison emerges.

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Favourite Quote

"Maybe I didn't make this clear enough, Kunal. I like you. I want to get to know you better, I want to date you, take you out places. I want to kiss you, whisper to you all the poetry I can until you're red from head to toe, until you take me to your room or I take you to mine and we keep each other awake all night long. And then I want to do it all over again." Oscar held Kunal's gaze as he spoke. He had been slowly seducing Kunal with his words, and he wasn't about to stop now.
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Reading Progress

November 27, 2016 – Shelved
November 28, 2016 – Shelved as: netgalley-reviews
December 18, 2016 – Started Reading
December 18, 2016 – Finished Reading
February 3, 2017 – Shelved as: favourites
December 25, 2018 – Shelved as: holiday-stories
December 25, 2018 – Shelved as: less-than-100-pages
December 25, 2018 – Shelved as: all-creatures-fae-vamp-shifter
December 25, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy-magic
December 25, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance

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