REVIEW: The Last of the Moussakas – Fearne Hill

The Last of the Moussakas - Fearne Hill

Genre: Contemporary

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Max Bergmann is Europe’s hottest drum and bass DJ. From the outside, his life is a whirl of glamorous vodka-fueled parties and casual hook-ups, whilst inside he craves the one thing he can’t have – his Greek childhood friend, Georgios Manolas.

Following a disastrous PR stunt and one drunken hook-up too many, Max realises the time has come to reassess his life choices. Returning to his childhood home on the Greek island of Aegina, if he wants any chance of having Georgios permanently in his life, he has to delve into the mystery of the longstanding hatred of the Bergmann’s by Georgios’s family.

Georgios is a chef and has spent his whole life on the tiny Greek island of Aegina. He has held the family restaurant together since he left school, with very little reward, and dreams of one day running a restaurant of his own on the island. Yet if he acknowledges his feelings for Max, he runs the risk of losing not just his traditional Greek family but also his livelihood.

As Max slowly uncovers the secrets of the past, he is left wondering whether a little Greek girl’s heart-breaking wartime diary could not only hold the key to his family’s history, but could it also unlock his and Georgios’s future together?

The Last of the Moussakas is a light-hearted, warm romance about two men’s quest for the truth about the past and unlocking a path to a future together.

The Review

Max Bergmann, Europe’s hottest drum and bass D.J., has returned to his home on the Island of Aegina in Greece. This island is where he grew up and found the love of his life, his childhood best friend Georgias Manolas.

One drunken PR disaster and one drunken sexual encounter with a man he did not even recognize has finally opened his eyes to the fact that his life is totally out of control. He has waited for years for Georgias to finally admit that he is gay and that he loves Max, but Georgias continues to date girls, and insists he is not. Living on a small island in a home filled with relatives, he knows that coming out would not be accepted, so he hides his true feelings until Max has had enough and forces the issue.

This visit by Max will change everything in Georgias’ life, in ways he could never have imagined.

Georgias works in his uncle’s restaurant, where he is the chef and where he hopes to one day be the owner, if his uncle is a man of his word. Admitting that he loves Max is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that Georgias entire family hates him and every Bergmann, and the story of why they are hated is the part of the book that kept me glued to every page. The story goes back in time to World War II in 1942, and it is not a pleasant part of the love story between two men.

It will take a book to reveal to Max what happened in the past, and how it affects his life in the present. It issn’t until Max reads the book – which includes pages of a diary of a ten-year-old girl living in Aegina when the German’s took over the island – that Max learneds why he and his family are so hated.

The diary is heartbreaking. In the words of this little girl we learn what life was like for her and her family, and it involved a German man whose actions make Max question who he is and what his family has done. All those she mentioned in her diary are long gone, but their actions affect people in the present who are now trying to make up for horrors they themselves are innocent of.

I highly recommend this book. It’s so much more than just a romance between two men trying to overcome prejudice because of who they love – it’s also about how you can overcome the sins of the distant but still very much present past.

5 Stars.

The Reviewer

I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.

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