Mixed feelings for this double romance
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I’m firmly in the middle on this one. I loved James and Dylan’s first love “finding their way” relationship, even with the strange gaps where they didn’t see each other for days or weeks.
But the adult relationship between their dads just never seemed to have the same level of investment given to it to develop the narrative.
Steve and Mark started as a second time hook up, with a hint of kinky voyeurism, and then out of nowhere really imho, began talking about a relationship.
There were odd time jumps too, where not much seemed to have happened as the weeks moved on, and I thought the big dramatic moment really didn’t justify the outcome.
Plus, it was all resolved super quick and a lot of it happened off page for the adult pairing. Even the epilogue didn’t really bring a greater sense of a HEA for Mark and Steve, although I firmly believe Dylan and James will have one.
Also, bizarrely for me, I had a weird sense of deja vu at part of the plotline involving Dylan’s past, as if I’d read this element of the story before, which threw me off stride momentarily.
Still, there are some lovely moments too, Dylan is a wonderfully kind and considerate boyfriend and lover and his feelings for James were utterly convincing.
I also loved James’ twin sister Frankie and Steve’s friends Carl and Brian and the small town vibe worked well.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.