Author: Dev Bentham
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/08/2017
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.
When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease?
Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.
I love a good second chance love story which was what attracted me to this story.
The story started with what has become a cliché in MM; a man catching his current lover in bed with someone else. It’s not a big deal for Sean because he wasn’t truly in love with the guy anyway. He hasn’t really loved anyone since Martim who he ended things years back with because of the man’s drug use.
Sean gets dragged back in Martim’s orbit when the loan his company arranged for Martim’s family hotel comes due. It wasn’t the best deal for Martim’s family to make and Sean’s boss is eager to take the hotel over.
Martim asks Sean to take a few days and look at how the hotel runs and Sean accepts. Sean’s time in Lisbon gives him a chance to re-evaluate not just Martim and their relationship but also his own life and career.
This was a great second chance love story. It was done right with Sean and Martim not just hopping right back into bed and allowing that to bring them back together. Instead, they examined everything that went wrong with their relationship before choosing to move forward. There’s no quick fix here and it’s refreshing to see that.
Quite enjoyable novella here.
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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