I took a leap of faith in reading this story because B.G. Thomas is a new author for me, and I was nervous about the marital status of one of the characters. If you read my reviews then you know that I am not a huge fan of “the gay man so deep in the closet he gets married and has a family and then decides to come out” theme. But every romance has its own road map, and so I took a leap of faith and dove into the pages.
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Seasons of Love: Book One
Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back.
Sloan’s neighbor, Max Turner, is married to an ambitious woman with far-reaching dreams, including moving the family to France. But Max is happy teaching at the local college and living in their nice, quiet town. Then he discovers his fourteen-year-old son is not only gay, but out and proud as well. That throws him into complete disarray, for more than one reason….
When Max’s wife leaves on a two-month business trip to Paris, circumstances throw the two men together. As they become friends, Sloan finds himself falling in love with Max, who is completely unavailable… just like Asher. As for Max, he is discovering that both his son’s coming out and his new friendship with Sloan are stirring up feelings he thought buried long ago. Spring is a time for rebirth—Is there any way the two men can find happiness and a new beginning?
There are certain books you read, and as you are reading you realize that you are investing a lot of your heart into the characters. You actually give a crap about their happiness. Building a relationship with a character is an unpredictable and potentially dangerous thing. The satisfying part about a longer story (to me that means more than 200 pages) is that I get to know them, and start to really feel some empathy. To say that there was a lot going on with the characters in this story would be an understatement. This book is very full, and it is the sort of story you want to read when you need to be filled up.
My angst meter was off the charts a few times. Mainly because it deals with two characters who are really suffering, and you know that they would be so great for each other if only they could find their way. I have to admit there were a few pages when I was getting exasperated with Max. At times he is the angst bucket from hell. Sloan has issues, yes, but next to Max’s baggage they seemed manageable. Also, Max’s wife was a piece of work. I did not enjoy the use of French in her conversations with everyone. She was the only character with whom I could not connect, and felt she was slightly contrived at times.
On the other hand there were some things that I really loved too – like Logan, Max’s son. I thought the way he was able to bring some new school to all the old school was awesome. And Max’s brother and his partner were very well done. But most of all this story was funny, and I like funny. When an author can infuse some humor at the right moment it just works so well. Because of the shiny, bright spots in this book I am definitely going to read the next one in this series. I assume that all of the work Thomas did in this book getting us familiar with Sloan’s very interesting four friends (the Fabulous Four) will lead to three more stories – and the next three Seasons of Love.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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