Author: Lynley Wayne
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/07/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
With no memory of his past, will Travis choose to build a new life or reclaim the life he lost?
Travis Richards struggles to navigate a stranger’s life. Desperate to escape expectations he can’t meet and overwhelming feelings of failure, Travis flees to the Big Easy. New Orleans promises a fresh start. Somewhere without memories, without the disappointment he sees in the eyes of his husband, Dan.
A year later, when the man he barely remembers is injured, Travis realizes he left behind more than failed expectations. He left a life, a family, a husband who still loves him despite everything. A man he doesn’t want to fail a second time.
Leaving his new life to reclaim an old love might be the hardest thing he’s ever done.
A Life Reclaimed drops back into the lives of Dan and Travis eight months after Travis woke up from a coma. This is not a standalone – if you haven’t read A Life Interrupted it will make very little sense and you will miss out on a fantastic first part of a story. Whereas the first book was told from Dan’s POV this one is told is told in Travis’s voice and I’ll admit it threw me a bit to begin with. I felt like I had been on a harrowing journey with Dan and when he became almost a secondary character in this story for a while I missed him and I missed his thoughts and reactions.
Life is not good and nor has it returned to back to any semblance of what they had before. Travis has regained no memories so the reality of their situation is that two men who have been together for over two decades are living together as virtual strangers and the situation is becoming intolerable. Overwhelmed, and in my opinion a little bit selfishly, Travis ups and leaves in the middle of a party, jumps on a plane and heads to New Orleans.
The author made it difficult for me to like Travis initially. After seeing Dan so eviscerated with loss in the first book I wanted Travis to fight that bit harder for what he had too had lost. Instead he is off finding himself, making new friends and enjoying himself whilst Dan is at home with the kids slowly dying from a broken heart. I’m probably being completely unfair to Travis here but that is the reaction the story gave me especially at the beginning and when Dan turned up in New Orleans and Travis left him by himself to find his hotel I wanted to smack him round the head!
A Life Reclaimed is not just a story about healing. It’s a story about starting again and second chances. Travis may not remember how much he loved his husband but that’s not to say he can’t fall in love all over again. I’m glad the author didn’t decide that Travis would suddenly remember everything, these men do get the HEA but its new and its hard work. What they had may be gone but what they can have is limitless.
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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