My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Awesome, awesome book from Jay which is all about finding your true self, living an authentic life and finding that the one who stole your heart as a teenager not only still has it, but is willing to hand theirs over too.
It’s authentic and at times it reads harsher than the norm because it’s not just your typical romance where guy meets guy, guy falls for guy, there’s a bump in the road and then all ends well – although fear not all that does happen here too!
There’s past history between Nate and Jack, but it’s complicated by Nate’s pre-transition role in Jack’s life, when he was still Nat and his best female friend.
It doesn’t avoid the conversations about what it’s like for a gay FtM transgender character to get involved in a relationship with a cisgender gay man, it lays it out clearly that it won’t be smooth sailing.
There’s discussions about how Nate prefers to name his genitals, there’s discussions about how the sex will happen.
Now that doesn’t mean this book isn’t as sexy and that the lovemaking between the two isn’t hot, not one bit. Their experiences together are even more emotional, given the history, and they’re just as erotic and treated with the same skill as all Jay’s other books.
These two are beautiful together and it’s a joy to read them exploring their feelings again, especially as its also a mature romance, both men are in their 40s and isn’t that a lovely change from all the super perfect young things normally found in the genre!
There’s turbulence on the way, families complicate things and Jack totally screws things up through his own fears but there is some great groveling, a bunch of soggy daffodils, and the blessing of a teenage daughter to make it right.
The epilogue is just all ends up perfect and I had such a huge smile on my face as it jumps just a small way into the future but enough to know these two will be growing old together over the roast beef dinner and spotted dick while the rest of the world just gently passes by.
#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.