I have to admit I had not read anything by Diane Adams before and it is always a pleasure for me to be able to read an author for review, who is new to me. It is a textual adventure with unknown outcome…
Title: First Last Kiss
Author: Diane Adams
Publisher: Love Lane Books www.lovelanebooks.co.uk
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Eighteen-year-old Gage Harris is not a part of twenty-five year old Trent Foster’s plans. He likes Gage but the intense attraction between them makes remaining just friends unlikely, and the young farmer with two small children is a complication Trent doesn’t need.
Despite all the reasons to stay away, Trent is pulled into the small family. Gage’s boys are delightful and the young man’s honesty and genuine affection impossible to resist. Trent is intrigued by a life so different from everything he’s known. As he struggles to reconcile his plans with his feelings Trent begins to suspect that his random offer of a ride in the rain might lead straight to his last first kiss.
This book is like the reading equivalent of a mug of hot chocolate on a cold day with a dash of brandy. I thought the age of Gage, the father of two small children in the story, would be a negative point for me but it wasn’t. Gage has had to grow up quickly working his Uncle’s farm and his own, plus he is a father to two tiny boys, when he’s no more than a boy himself. The boys’ Mother is hardly in the picture except to provide a brake on the burgeoning feelings between medical administrator, Trent, and Gage. It is hard to review this book in one way as small spoilers don’t usually ruin the experience for the new reader however, here it is the small things that make this book such a delight. There are no huge mind blowing disasters or devious machinations of secondary characters, even the homophobia, of a small town in the deep South of America, is revealed in a small and realistic fashion. The two MCs have to face difficulties and some are quite different to those most of us will face but again they are realistic and in proportion with the story as a whole.
I loved the character, Gage, he’s a strong, reliable, loving young man. He puts his happiness to one side for the sake of his small children and does it with a happy, if lonely, heart. This is because first and foremost he is their father. He writes a blog, which introduces various chapters in the novel and it is here that he lets out some of his feelings but even here, he is restrained as if discussing his orientation and all he is giving up would become too hard to face if he really lets go. Through his blog we see how, the more he falls for Trent, the more he faces up to how lonely his life is.
Trent is a lovely character too and very level headed about life and love. We learn that until, quite late in his twenty-five years, he didn’t realise that as a gay man, he could still have love and family in his future and had resorted to ‘club sex’ and ‘hook-ups’. Despite a break-up at the beginning of the book, he is remarkably open to his feelings for the cute farm boy he sees en route to work everyday. We are shown how his love for Gage’s little boys, grows along with his feelings for Gage and it’s a beautiful read. Trent and Gage are two young sexual beings so there is going to be a physical relationship and I love hot sex scenes as much as the next person, maybe more because I really enjoy them! However, there is sexual tension aplenty and final resolution but it all fits in with the story and there are only two maybe three sex scenes, depending on your definition 😉
This story would have been totally wrong had it been packed with sex, in fact it would have been inappropriate because of the lovely focus on the family side of their relationship. My only real negative here would be that the resolution was a little too quick and easy and considering the believability of the rest of the story it jarred a little.
Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable, beautifully edited read with a complete absence of typos and errors that so often ruin a novel for me. This is a sweet love story written by a very proficient, assured writer who I hope to read more from in the future.
My interview with Diane Adams will appear on this site on Thursday 20th February.
Diane started writing a number of years ago but never published until Dreamspinner Press accepted Blue Skies in spring of 2010. She works a regular 9 to 5 job during the week and has the herculean task of raising three kids on her own so time to write her stories isn’t always so easy to find. She has successfully managed to squeeze a bit in here and there and loves to write, explore and develop her characters although she admits she has to be careful with characterisation (her favourite part) as she is prone to spending too much time on this and not enough on making sure things happen!
I would like to thank Diane Adams and Love Lane Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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