Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
The day Glen Carson loses his wallet is the day that changes his life. The wallet is returned by Aston Walsh, a man he hasn’t seen for twenty years. He and Aston had a passionate and intense romance when they were in their late twenties, and Glen thought their love would last forever. But his dreams were horribly shattered by a shocking confession from Aston, and they parted for good—or so Glen assumed. Now, two decades later, they’ve lived many years apart, created new histories, and built successful lives. Yet the spark between them is still there. Aston wants a second chance with Glen, but Glen is more cautious this time around. He has to decide if Aston’s regret is genuine, and if surrendering his heart to Aston again is worth the risk.
This story is part of the DSP Daily Dose Full Set 2015–Never Too Late
There’s something to be said for maturity and experience, whether it’s a second chance at love, a May/December romance, or finding a soul mate later in life. These stories prove that it’s never too late for new love.
“Dancing Days” was a story right after my heart. I liked almost everything about it: The light and yet never trivial tone of the writing, the hint of sheer “British-ness” in the narrative, the sprinkles of dry humor, the gentle pace so fitting for the course of events.
Even though it’s told solely from Glen’s third person POV, I found both Aston and Glen well-drawn. They were mature men, both shaped by their respective life experiences, both somewhat set in their ways and yet young enough at heart to hope, to venture a chance on each other and on loving again. They’re both burnt children when it comes to that, and past hurts have left their marks, so I found their conflicts and the obstacles they had to overcome very comprehensible. And it made the romance of their reconnection all the sweeter.
Talk about “awwww-factor”—that particular scene was all rainbows and puppies to me, and yet saved from being saccharine by a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek.
The only thing, basically, I didn’t quite adore about the story was how Aston and Glen sometimes turned into old farts regarding their subject of conversation. Yes, minor ailments are a fact of life and of getting older too, but I didn’t need the gory details rubbed in quite as much. For one, Glen and Aston aren’t that old, and for another, I am, so thank you very much. Sigh. 😉
All in all, this sweet little masterpiece of a story had a wealth of detail, a fullness of plot and a depth worthy of a much longer work. A fully satisfying reading experience that I can only warmly recommend.
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