Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: M/M Romance
At forty-five, Jared Tailler suddenly feels old. When his employer grounds him, he starts thinking in terms of measuring his coffin. Well, not quite, but he’s creakier and hairier than he was ten years ago, and his closest relationship is the one he has with his frequent-flyer card.
It’s time to get out there.
On the first day of a five-day hiking trip, he meets Finley Macrae, a younger, seemingly brighter man. As they inch together in halting steps, Jared learns he’s not the only one lost out in the blue—Fin’s good cheer hides a turbulence deeper than Jared’s midlife crisis. Maybe together they can find the trail to happiness.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
This is about love lost and taking a chance on new love but both men involved have very different reasons.
Jared is forty five and being forced to change his job role. He is a pretty solemn character who seems closed off and depressed. He has colleagues but not friends and the recent upheaval in his life is making him prone to panic attacks. His last relationship was five years ago and it left him a bit broken and too scared to try again.
In order to get some perspective on things and try and jolt him out of his funk he signs up for a five day hiking trip with a group of gay men. People are not his thing and he finds it difficult to be part of such a large group. A younger man named Finley latches onto him on the first day and they partner up for the trip.
On the surface Finley is a fun loving 36 year old who makes friends easily and thrives in social situations. Only when you look past the happy outward persona do you see the real man and the pain and grief he carries.
As Jared and Finley spend more time together they both become aware of how the other is hurting and are both compassionate enough to help each other out. As much as Jared tries to ignore the spark of lust between them Finley is not so shy and makes no bones about the fact that he wants Jared and is prepared to keep on trying and when it finally happens the moment is both perfect and poignant.
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