Author: D.W. Marchwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Jimmy Campbell has owned his own bar for the past twenty years. While his past is troubled, his present and future make life worth living. He has good friends, more than enough money, and he volunteers—along with his Yorkie, Bozo, and his Maine coon cat, Miss Alicia—at the local hospital every Friday. He couldn’t ask for more. That is, until he meets Derek “Dizzy” Roberts.
Derek is a musician who tours the country with his band. He’s an ex-cop, was married once, and has the bitter ex-wife and two spoiled children to prove it. He’s finally living his dream, and that includes bedding all the groupies who think he’s every bit as good as his music. He doesn’t worry much about the future, until he meets Jimmy.
The two men begin a long-distance romance, sneaking weekends here and there, until a tragedy forces them to realize they might lose the only thing they both want—a future together. Now, they’re asking for everything heaven will allow.
This one snuck up on me. It wasn’t until about 80% that I got into things and that last 20% really made this story work.
For the first 80%, I was on the fence. I loved the romance and the idyllic quality of the relationship. Neither man was perfect, but once they got together, it is like they just knew how to be perfect for the other man. There was no angst, no screw up, no nothing to take the sugary sweetness out of the romance. I really enjoyed that these men were more mature, but they came across as adolescents in the throes of their first grand love affair. To be honest, the sappy ease of it all was starting to put me off.
Then the big disaster happened, and the sugar was still there, but things started to feel more real. Even though this was still presented as an almost non-issue, seeing the men struggle and still want to be together no matter what, was kind of touching. And the ending, was great. Adopting animals in need showcased the imperfections that were hidden by the overly romantic nature of the story. Derek needing to care for an animal with a similar injury and Jimmy bringing home two older dogs, showed that there were still holes that needed filling. That the romance was in fact not enough and that made it a better ending for me.
I also loved the concept of the love letters. While some of them were over the top cheesy, one stuck with me. When Derek explained to Jimmy how he knew he was his “one,” I had tears in my eyes. It was beautiful.
Overall, I think this was a good story. It was a great representation of that perfect relationship most of us only dream of. I struggled with that perfection because it was so overly sweet and needed a bit of realism to temper it. But I still enjoyed this and I know many of you will as well.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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