Author: Spencer Spears
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/02/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
They say it’s better to have loved and lost. They have no idea what they’re talking about…
Police officer Graham Andersen already had his happy ending. A whirlwind romance, a young marriage, more happiness than he knew what to do with. And then it was over, almost as soon as it began.
After his husband Joey died, Graham knew he’d never find that kind of love again. But what he’d had with Joey was more than some people ever get in life. He’d had his chance at happiness. He couldn’t ask for more.
“Another night, another lifetime, and I would have said yes. But not tonight. Not anymore.”
When chef Ryan Gallagher is swindled out of his savings right before he can open his restaurant, it almost seems right. One more failure for his long list, one more way he’ll never measure up to his older brother. Joey might be gone, but he still finds a way to overshadow Ryan.
With no money and no prospects, Ryan has no choice but to move home to the family that rejected him and his sexuality. But when he goes out to the local bar one winter night, he never dreams the hot guy he’s hitting on used to be his brother’s husband.
“Please, can we just pretend this never happened? I had no idea who you were when I met you.”
Both men insist that they’re not interested. And yet neither can resist the desire they feel. But relationships require love, love requires risk, and both Graham and Ryan know this life offers no guarantees. After a long winter in both their hearts, are they finally ready for spring?
Sugar Season is a 70,000 word steamy, contemporary, forbidden-love m/m romance. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed HEA.
Spencer Spears is a new author to me and one I will definitely return to.
Sugar Season is a bittersweet romance that follows an awkward quick hook up and drops two men into the middle of something that neither know how to navigate. Ryan is a very easy character to like and I found myself rooting for him from the start – there was always just that glimpse of vulnerability that made you want to stand in his corner. Graham was a more difficult character to like due mainly to the guilt he felt from moving on 5 years after his husband had died – his second guessing was painful after a while when it led to some pretty poor treatment of Ryan.
Sugar Season is set in a small town and has a myriad of secondary characters that were written as though I should know them. Although this book isn’t part of a series there are previous books by this author set in the same town introducing you to the couples that appear here. Had I known this prior to starting Sugar Season I would have read those first as I felt as though I had missed something and was curious about everyone’s background.
This story had an interesting premise and not one that I had come across before. The writing for the most part flows, the characters are interesting and there is a small crime mystery to be solved. I felt the story lost its way a bit around 40%, muddled through until about 65% and then picked up its pacing once again. We never found out what Ryan’s parents thought, which was a shame, as they and especially his mother’s opinion had shaped Ryan into who he was and how he acted and their bigotry had also previously affected Graham.
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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