Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/12/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Paul Summerfield is stunned by the gentle reminder it has been over a year since he and his partner, Evan Akkerman, have made love. He vows to take Evan out for Valentine’s Day. Dinner and sex. Lots of sex. There’s only one catch—he’s supposed to be in San Francisco that week cataloging the art collection of an important new client. No problem, he’ll just change his schedule and cut his trip short by a day.
In San Francisco, Paul struggles with regrets and the fear his love is slipping away from him. Every call to Evan seems only to prove the distance between them is increasing. All this, and a key piece of his client’s catalog is caught up in customs. To keep their Valentine’s date, Paul will have to choose between the career he’s built over fifteen years and the man he’s loved for just as long.
Time has a way of speeding by and leaving life behind. It has happened to all of us. We think “oh we just did XYZ the other day.” It is only on further examination that we realize “the other day” is actually months or years in the past. This year my husband and I will celebrate our 15 year anniversary. Add in the three years we dated before that, we have been a daily part of each other’s life for almost 18 years. It is easy for that daily part of your life to become so comfortable that effort is forgotten.
When Was the Last Time by Kelly Jensen examines just such a scenario. Paul and Evan have been living and loving together for 15 years. In that time, they have grown so used to each other that one day they look up, and it has been a year since they really took the time just to be with each other. For those of you out there scoffing at the notion, this is a completely realistic setup for a story. What matters, however, is not the time that has escaped but rather what the couple chooses to do once that oversight is brought to light.
I can’t say that the way this story played out wasn’t predictable. It actually played out about how any reader of romance would expect. That isn’t, however, a bad thing. Paul and Evan obviously love each other. They care deeply about each other’s feelings, wants, and needs. They want to spend the next 15+ years together. They just have to figure out how to change their current path. They have to figure out how to change their priorities.
When Was the Last Time is a sweet tale to remind yourself what is important in life. What Valentine’s Day is really about.
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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