Author: Derrick Knight
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars
Dwyer Von Strohm thought his life was perfect. He had a great job as a pharmaceutical sales representative; he lived in Downtown Chicago where he had an unlimited number of hot gay men to pursue. Then one day he becomes a casualty of a poor economy and is terminated from his job.
Dwyer’s situation forces him to move back home and live with his parents in the small town of Glasburg Illinois. Dwyer left Glasburg many years ago because the love of his life, John Fitzgerald, broke his heart. Soon Dwyer and John’s paths collide and it is evident both men still have strong feelings for each other. Will Dwyer find it in his heart to forgive John or will he let the demons from their past prevent them from rekindling the love they once shared?
Even though Dwyer and John’s friends are rooting for reconciliation, their friends are experiencing their own life dramas. Dwyer’s childhood friend Nathaniel Schmitt and his partner Dustin Hurst for years have tried to adopt a child without any success. Now they have opportunity to adopt a baby. Will Nathaniel’s Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder and Dustin’s introverted personality prevent their dreams of becoming parents coming true?
Mark Glaser is living with HIV and is in a long-term relationship with Erik Wolters. Mark contracted the disease after being sexually assaulted while attending college. His attackers were never brought to justice. Now Mark is receiving harassing anonymous phone calls and threating letters. Has Mark’s stalker returned from his painful past or is this a new foe?
David Smith is a local high school art teacher and freelance artist. One day David is offered a solo exhibition at the local Art Center. They want him to include all of his artwork including provocative drawings of he and his lover Lance Perry naked. Soon a powerful and ruthless school board member finds out about David’s pornographic pictures. This school board member gives David an ultimatum. If he displays his work, he will be terminated. Will David have the courage to display his talent or will he succumb to a bigoted conservative’s threat?
The Rekindling of Love is about a group of friends’ experiences with hope, fear, pursing dreams, prejudice, justice, and love.
This book has the potential to be so much more than it is. The characters are promising, the setting is quaint and charming, and the various plot lines, if developed fully on their own, could be quite interesting. I think the author has the right idea and a good foundation for creating a lovely little universe with the Innkeepers Series. There is a great deal about this first story that needs improvement, however. Unfortunate editing, choppy writing, and too many characters and story lines prevented me from truly enjoying The Rekindling of Love.
This is the second edition, published after serious editing was done. There are still some rather glaring typographical errors that exist within the text, along with extraneous and repetitive information that could have been removed or re-written. The choppy sentences, dry and formulaic character descriptions, and fact-spilling need some tender loving care in order to create a better flow and more vivid details.
I thought the characters and their individual plot lines were fairly interesting but needed their own story for full development. The omniscient third person POV felt impersonal, and I never truly got a feel for any of the couples or their relationships. The soap opera-like structure simply didn’t allow for any connection to be made, and I believe that the characters would have been better served if each couple had their own book in the series, rather than competing for page time in one novel. I wanted John and Dwyer’s story, with their history and interactions the main focus, rather than the fractured pieces of each couple’s drama that filled the book.
Overall, this story has solid bones but needs to be polished up with some basic literary elements, more vivid details and smoother writing, a clearer focus on one main plot line, and fleshed out characters with developed emotional connections both to each other and to the reader. I believe the author is on the right track with some intriguing possibilities for future installments, and I hope improvements are considered for them.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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