Never Too Late by Sloan Johnson ~ Book Review by Caroline

28100264Title: Never Too Late

Author: Sloan Johnson

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/14/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I’ve been told, it’s only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.

Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.

Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.

I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?

My View:

Never too late is the perfect story of when your past and present meet. It’s a story of healing and moving on for Dax and Michael who have no idea how much they have impacted on each other’s lives when they first meet.

Dax Collins has just taken his first teaching job in the small town of Marshall but his rented house looks nothing like the advertisement and his best friend thinks he’s nuts. The move is bittersweet – on one hand the job and the house are testament that Daz is recovering and moving on but on the other – well, the last time Dax was anywhere near this town was six years ago when life no longer felt like it should be lived and he lay dying at the side of the road. His suicide attempt was a failure, like so much of his life at that time and he felt tremendous anger at the stranger that saved him that night but now all he would like to do is thank him.

Michael Underwood isn’t coping and his life seems completely out of control. Six years ago he had his life all planned out, he was going to be a Doctor and he was spending more and more time contemplating whether his relationship with his childhood girlfriend was worth working on. Two things happened almost simultaneously – he found out he was going to be a father and a man lay dying in his arms at the roadside. Michael has never gotten over that night and the trauma is a big part of the reason he didn’t follow his career. Two years ago his wife died leaving him to raise his young son alone and his days are long and complicated.

When Dax meets Jagger, Michael’s young son, his first impressions aren’t good. Michael and Jagger appear disconnected and Daz is worried about the young boy. A second meeting doesn’t improve those thoughts when once again Michael seems not to be coping and Jagger is stuck up a tree. An innocent invite to dinner, a way for Michael to convince Dax he isn’t as hopeless as he looks, is the beginning of a friendship that neither man could have seen coming. The next few weeks the three of them spend nearly all of their spare time together creating an odd sort of family but definitely something that works and both men come to rely on it more than they realise.

Daz is angry at himself for falling for a straight man and is determined for it not to become obvious – he really doesn’t want to mess up this new friendship. The problem there is that Michael is feeling things for Daz that really confuse him, he has never been attracted to a man before and has no idea what to do or how to approach it. Watching this pair fumble through it all was heart-warming and awkward. There are past demons to be dealt with, there are families to deal with and there is the rest of the small town to come out to but there was an overwhelming feeling that the two of them could work it all out.

The supporting cast was great. As Daz makes new friends in town Michael has to reach out to people he pushed away from him when his wife died. Both men’s lives are changing dramatically but for the better. Justin is one such friend and I really hope he gets his own story in the future!

Links

Never Too Late on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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