Sleepless in San Francisco

Sleepless in San Francisco

by Ryan Field


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It is hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since the classic romance Sleepless in Seattle warmed the hearts of theatergoers. Best-selling M/M author Ryan Fields, gives us his unique reinterpretation of this classic theme with Sleepless in San Francisco.

When young Noah Richardson sends an email to the producers of the home renovation show Dream Away, he has no idea that the host of the show, Jonathan Haynes, will be intrigued and touched by his sad story. Noah, his recently-widowed father, and their black lab, Tucker, have relocated to San Francisco to start a fresh new life and heal their wounds. And their new house is in dire need of renovation.

Jonathan Haynes is desperate to find an interesting house to film for the show. So he gets on a plane and flies to San Francisco the day after he reads Noah's email. But Jonathan soon finds out that Noah's father, Ed doesn't know about Noah's email and he has to convince him to do the show. The fact that Ed and Jonathan wind up on the living room floor having passionate sex during their first meeting doesn't help.

Ed finally agrees to do the show. By the time construction begins, Ed and Jonathan can't get enough of each other. They start having secret encounters to satisfy their desires, never realizing they are building a solid relationship at the same time.

Then a series of events takes control of their lives and changes them all forever. Ed's not sure what to do. He's in love with Jonathan, and he can't get enough of Jonathan's body. But he feels guilty about starting a new relationship with anyone. So he wrestles with the conflict and begs for a sign to help him decide what to do, which leads to a surprise ending that none of them could have predicted.

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ISBN-13: 9781626014879
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Publication date: 12/23/2018
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Sleepless in San Francisco 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jiskett More than 1 year ago
Given how I really liked the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" and found the idea of reinterpreting the story interesting, I was very much looking forward to "Sleepless in San Francisco", and the first few chapters lived up to my expectations. The parallels to the movie were nice, but I also enjoyed how Field changed certain aspects of the plot to fit his own narrative. The characters were likeable and Ed's grief over his deceased partner felt very realistic, so it was easy to empathize and hope that he and his son would find happiness once more. When little Noah contacted Jonathan to help them build their dream house as part of his television program, I was looking forward to seeing them interact for the first time and watching their love story unfold. Unfortunately, I have to say that my opinion changed from that point onwards, mainly because it felt like the physical aspect of their developing relationship played too big a role compared to their emotional connection. Since the publisher who reissued the book specializes in erotic stories, I had expected some adult scenes, but the high frequency surprised me. Almost every chapter had somewhat detailed sexual moments and after a while it felt like they constitute the majority of the 139 pages. Incidentally, some scenes did show that the protagonists got closer emotionally, but it was simply not enough for me, mainly because they sleep with each other often, but hardly talk about a future or acknowledge that there could be more between them. This was a shame; the scenes that highlighted their emotional connection were great. I especially enjoyed how Jonathan also tried to get to know Ed's son and that they got along well. I also liked that the characters openly addressed their problems. Both Ed's grief and Jonathan's discomfort with the situation were understandable. Because of these circumstances, it was realistic that they avoided defining their relationship, but as a reader, I had hoped for something more here and a greater focus on it would have been great. That aside, I liked the book a lot. Despite a few spelling mistakes, it is an easy read, the protagonists are mostly sympathetic and above all, I liked that Noah played a big role (unlike the rest of the supporting characters, who almost felt unnecessary). The conflicts also felt authentic because Ed's uncertainty about a new relationship was as understandable as Jonathan's desire to be able to openly express his feelings. In my opinion, the plot should have been stretched out a bit to further drive home the point that they got closer, but the scenes that did this were beautiful and the ending was really touching. At the same time, it was a pity that the story was already over in that moment - it would have been great had the story continued there. It was hard to rate "Sleepless in San Francisco". I was bothered that the sexual relationship of the characters seemed to dominate the book, which I did not expect to this extent, and the development of the love story could have been expanded; at the same time I liked the story and the parallels to "Sleepless in Seattle" are well done, which is why I finally decided on 3 stars.
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