There are a few themes in romance that completely curl my toes, such as the nerd and the jock, or enemies to lovers, but probably my most favorite is the second chance at love. There is something so satisfying about watching two hearts reconnect and a chance at dreams finally being fulfilled.
Author: C. Zampa
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
When Honor Castillo convinces himself he isn’t gay, he begins a new life. He ends his affair with his lover, Jorge Villagomez, and marries Rebecca to establish a life with her as a respected San Antonio businessman. They have a son and he tells himself he is happy.
Eleven years later, Jorge returns to San Antonio, and his path crosses with Honor’s once more. The flame of their passion never died, and neither did Jorge’s love for Honor.
When Jorge approaches Honor to design his studio, Honor believes he can walk the line between friendship and lovers. But when a sudden crisis threatens to take Jorge from him forever, Honor must choose between his duty and his heart. Most of all, he’s forced to decide what he’s willing to lose in order to be true to who he really is.
Oh, the angst! Some M/M Romance has a way of making your soul bleed. An author who takes on the challenge of creating a gay man who is so afraid to see himself for who he really is that he will deny his heart and destroy others in the process is very brave. The truth is that shit like this does happen in real life to real people, and that makes the risk of writing characters like this a real challenge. I think for the most part romance readers want to fall in love with their heroes – don’t they?
I find that naming this character Honor is a bit ironic. Really, how much honor can there be in a man who marries a woman and creates a family all the while knowing he is living a lie? But human beings are not perfect, and sometimes it is nice to read about characters who are a bit broken. There is a craft in creating them just broken enough that you feel empathy, and understanding them enough that in the end you are okay with all of the messed up choices they make. A little suffering along the way helps too.
I want to give C. Zampa a big thumbs up for doing a very decent job with Honor’s wife. I was a bit worried at first thinking she was going to be the stereotypical evil bitch we sometimes get with these kinds of stories, but she was very solid and worked well in balancing out all of the drama and heartbreak her husband creates. There is a moment in the story when she realizes that another man did not steal her husband from her, but that she had stolen him from another man a long time ago, and that is not an easy realization to make. There is a lot of emotion in these pages but not so much you can’t enjoy the ride.
This story is sad, sweet, very sexy and sometimes downright heartbreaking. But most of all it is satisfying, and it makes me remember that there are two sides to every story – and I am very glad I got to read Honor’s.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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