Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/03/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.
I really enjoy Annabelle Jacobs writing, this is the third book that I have read from her, and maybe it’s that we’re both British but the understatedness of her writing is lovely.
This is a book about love when you’re older, dealing with the baggage that it brings, but yet remaining positive. When we first meet Jack he’s anything but positive, at 40 he feels his life is over, he’s split up with his long term partner and he’s scared and living one foot on the past- the other is out of the door before anything can happen. Tyler seems to attract the wrong sort of man, and wants a relationship, sometimes more than the person ? They meet in a blind date, and are instantly attracted. But it’s one step forward and two steps back for Jack and Tyler and while they talk, which is wonderful to see (got save me from people in their 30’s who behave like their 18) Tyler is almost too open.
Just when things seem to be getting there, a bombshell is drooped. I kind of saw this happening, and on one hand it’s a little contrived, and on the other the relationship needed a test to see if they could go the distance.
I loved the cover of this book, which really captured exactly how I saw Jack (kudos to both the author and Natasha Snow ), and overall this was an intelligent and warm read.
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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