My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh lordy this book. I think it’s possibly the most emotionally demanding second chance romance I’ve read. It takes your heart and squeezes it so tight you think you’ll never feel a beat again.
The trauma Roman locked away so he could move on with his life while just a teenager is as heavy as a load of bricks landing on your shoulders. That he managed to move beyond his father and brother’s actions and be a successful businessman is testament to his inner strength.
I fell for Roman so hard, but there wouldn’t have been a Roman to love so much if there hadn’t first been a Leo. Someone that could just be the rock standing strong against the wind, the safe harbour against the tide, the shelter Roman needed to break through the walls of his bubble.
My heart broke for the 16 year-olds, but it rejoiced for their 28 year-old selves when they reconnected and found a way past the poison which had infected their earlier love.
This is a gorgeous narrative, it’s sexy too, emotional and driven with passion and a need for the story to reach its happy ending, and it’s treated with respect. There’s no magic dick cure here, Roman doesn’t admit he’s gay without any cost to his psyche.
But Leo is there to walk beside him and its as gorgeous as the image on the cover.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.