An emotional, hurt/comfort love story …
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: MLR Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Philip must decide whether his memories of the past will keep him from love in the present.
Philip McBride is fresh out of the Army and trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Before he can move on with his life, he needs to make peace with his past. Part of that past is his very first boyfriend who has died. Philip needs to talk to those were with him at the end, so he can ease his own guilt for not being there.
Carlos Mendoza meets Philip at Legacy House, where Carlos’s brother is a resident. While he’s dealing with the knowledge of his brother’s impending death, Carlos is also coming to love Philip.
Will he be able to accept Philip’s love without his brother there to support? Will Philip give up the past to make a new start with Carlos?
Philip has just left the Army after years of service, and he decides to the Legacy House AIDS Hospice where his first boyfriend, Joey, died a few months earlier. Philip was not in contact with Joey for many years, and he regrets not being there for Joey at the end of his life. He now wants to spend time with the people who cared for Joey at the end of his life, and then decides to stay at the Hospice to help out for a while. There he meets Carlos, whose brother is a resident of the Hospice. He and Carlos grow very close and quickly become lovers, and Philip is there for Carlos when his brother passes away. Ultimately, Philip and Carlos must decide if they have a future together now that they both have grieved the loss of their loved ones.
This is an emotional and poignant story that reminds us that AIDS remains a serious health issue. Carlos’ brother did not have the financial resources to take the anti-viral cocktail before his HIV developed into full blown AIDS, and when he did take the cocktail, he did not respond to any of the anti-viral drugs. The people working at the Hospice are true heroes, and freely offer both compassion and respect to the Hospice residents. I like the pairing of Philip and Carlos – they both are so hurt by their losses, and they seem to fulfill the need within each other for love and permanency.
I like the story line regarding the remaining health crisis caused by HIV and AIDS, and the love story is caring and sincere. I do think that Philip and Carlos’s relationship progressed a bit too quickly from first meeting to love, and the characters’ dialog was a little stilted at times. However, overall I recommend this touching and ultimately hopeful story.
I would like to thank MLR Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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