A love story with a seventeen-year intermission.
Hugo Thorson fell in love when he was sixteen. He’s maybe been in love since, but probably not. He’s been too busy directing plays to devote much time to men who can’t accept all of him. No one ever made him feel like his first love did.
Kevin Magnus married a woman and has two children, but the marriage wasn’t happy. In the shadow of divorce, he’s striving to be a better father, but he’s still a work in progress.
When Hugo and Kevin bump into each other at the lake, memories of their last kiss incite a new first kiss. Visions of the life they always wanted are vivid, but so much stands in the way of their dreams. Hugo is out and proud but no one knows Kevin’s bisexual. If Kevin comes out, he risks losing custody of his kids. If he doesn’t walk hand in hand with Hugo, he risks losing the love of his life.
The curtain may never rise on their second act.
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*I received the book in exchange for an honest review*
Honestly, I’m not quite sure how to start this review. I have a bit of a…love-hate relationship with this book I guess. First of all, it’s not a standalone and while it does have a HFN (I guess, it’s happy in the end), it’s…annoying to know there’s more to the couple’s story and NOW YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE.
The beginning of the book was a bit meh to me, but it did pick up later so I am glad I carried through and haven’t given up on it. I didn’t really care for the characters at the beginning, but then I got to know them more.
Basically, the two men, Hugo and Kevin have known each other in school, when they started their relationship. It was doomed from the beginning though, as Kevin had a demanding father, who dominated his whole life and who had everything planned for him.
They meet after seventeen years, completely by accident. Hugo has come to the lake with his best friend Summer to cheer her up after breaking up with her boyfriend. When they bump into each other, things happen faster than it would be good probably. But they do eventually work things out among themselves but even though Kevin is prepared to eventually come out, he is worried about custody of the children if his ex-wife gets to know it.
I liked the flashbacks to their teenage years. It made me like the characters more. Another thing that increased my love of the characters was their interaction with Kevin’s children. The kids are just adorable!
It is an enjoyable book even though it had a slow beginning and the ending is relatively open. If you’re anything like me, be sure that you can get to next book as quickly as possible 🙂
Posy Roberts started reading romance when she was young, sneaking peeks at adult books long before she should’ve. Textbooks eventually replaced the novels, and for years she existed without reading for fun. When she finally picked up a romance two decades later, it was like slipping on a soft hoodie . . . that didn’t quite fit like it used to. She wanted something more.
She wanted to read about men falling in love with each other. She wanted to explore beyond the happily ever after and see characters navigate the unpredictability of life. So Posy sat down at her keyboard to write the books she wanted to read.
Her stories have been USA Today’s Happily Ever After Must-Reads and Rainbow Award finalists. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family and friends and doing anything possible to get out of grocery shopping and cooking.
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