Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/30/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
At ten years old, Kelly and I were two rambunctious boys who carved our initials into a tree in the forest. We promised to be best friends forever and bumped our fists to seal the deal. I never should’ve kissed him that summer before college. It was a day that buried me in shame, a day I spent the next twenty-four years regretting, a day I never told anyone about.
At forty-three, depression was suffocating me. Not even my wife and two children could lift the heavy fog. I was riddled with guilt and self-hatred, and I was starting to realize that I would slowly fade away until nothing remained. Then one day, Kelly was back in town.
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(All novels taking place in Camassia Cove are standalone.)
Cara Dee has become a must buy for me and I anticipate every new book. Home introduced us to Camassia Cove – When Forever Ended is book two in the series and can be read as a standalone.
William and Kelly are both in their early forties and this is a second chance story not only at love but at friendship. This pair were inseparable until just before college when William gave way to his dreams and kissed Kelly – Kelly’s actions although not honest influenced both men and what happened in their lives for the next two decades.
Present day and Kelly is returning to Camassia Cove for the first time since he ran. In a lot of ways the town hasn’t changed but William is not the man Kelly left behind or remembers from his youth – William is married, has children and is deeply depressed to the point where he is struggling to function in his daily life.
The focus of this story is William’s illness rather than any relationship initially and I think the author did a great job in showing the reader how depression affects the whole family – particularly in how William’s wife was more of a caretaker than anything else and how her worry manifested into fear – a very true fear given past circumstances. This is a fairly solemn read but the eventual romance with the hope that things can get better is very much worth it. This is not a quick fix story – it’s realistic, gritty and hopeful.
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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