Author: David Connor
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Robin Paley, a Vietnam vet, and Hendrix Higgins, a former teacher who witnessed a school shooting, become trapped together during a storm in March of 2001, when Hendrix, now a computer tech, arrives to fix Robin’s only source of contact with the outside world. Discovering they have much in common, an afternoon of bonding leads to more. When Robin admits he’ll never contact Hendrix again, however, a heated argument ensues. Hendrix fights hard to move on, while Robin seems to want to stay stuck. They angrily part ways, Hendrix telling Robin to call him if he ever wants to live again. When Robin finally reaches out, he fears it may be too late and that Hendrix has moved on.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
These characters came from the heart. No fake-itude or forced, fabricated emotion. Coupled with the wonderful sense of place, I was in.
Early on and I was already curious about Robin, and Hendrix, and Robin and Hendrix together. Connor’s writing flows well, nothing overdone or clumsy. It felt almost… comforting. It’s a meaty and gut-level contrast to the story itself and the characters, especially Robin. When I first started reading, I was tempted to call him a ‘prickly pear’ but, as the story went on, I realized it goes much, much deeper than that.
… and though he wanted to ask chubby redheaded Hendrix Higgins the reason for his name, if not more, he settled for shaking his sweaty hand when offered. Fear pulled the rope harder. It won. It always did.
This is an emotional heavy story. Loneliness, hope, loss, need, bravery, so many inescapably human feelings living inside these characters, all of them feeding a constant hum of that emotional weight. Surprisingly, none of this overwhelms the story, or feels forced upon it or Robin or Hendrix. Instead, somehow, it all adds to the intimate setting, and the just as intimate level at which Robin and Hendrix find themselves sharing bits of their lives that are anything but insignificant.
Also, I love a good story set against a thunderstorm. 😉
”Perception is often our enemy.”
Yeah, it kinda blows me away, too.
The conversations are natural, each character’s personality unmistakable, their emotions and expressions believable and relatable.
Beautiful and bare, naked in its portrayal and sharing of anxiety and the things it, and grief, can do to someone.
Redemption can come in the form of a connection, like that between Robin and Hendrix.
I recommend this story. It might even make my top ten for this year. Thank you, David Connor.
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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