Jasper Warren is a happy-go-lucky young man in spite of the tragedy that’s marred his life. He’s on a road to nowhere with his roommate, Lacy, whom he adores, and a dead-end retail job in Chicago.
And then everything changes in a single night. Though Jasper doesn’t know it, his road is going somewhere after all. This time when tragedy strikes, it brings with it Lacy’s older, wealthy, sexy uncle Rob. Despite the heart-wrenching circumstances, an immediate connection forms between the two men.
But the secrets between them test their attraction. Will their revelations destroy the bloom of new love… or encourage it to grow?
It’s no secret that I adore Rick Reed. His books are always full of life and adventures. I’ve noticed the romance seems to be lighter with his most of his recent stories and this one fared on the medium side. However, he didn’t pull his punches with the angst or emotional whirlwind. I was a sobbing mess more than once and can’t complain when a book captures me to the point of spellbinding tears. If you’ve read and enjoyed The Perils of Intimacy by Reed I believe you will feel the same here. There are vast differences but at the same time strong similarities. Like a book cousin, they reminded me of each other while still maintaining their individual uniqueness. This story is real…and raw…and remarkably well done.
Second chance stories always grab my attention. Although this particular case isn’t a second chance relationship, I felt it was a second chance at life. Jasper has been going through the motions, content to cruise along with his current status. His job is okay, dating (or hooking up) is okay, and he feels…okay. His roommate and bestie bring him comfort and security. He loves their little bubble with just the two of them. But then…it pops. When everything shatters around him he’s forced to take a closer look at his life. In turn, he must face his past and his uncertain future. Dark hidden secrets can slowly wreak havoc over time and it seems he’s not the only one hiding them.
I loved the unexpected connection between Jasper and Rob. I loved the chemistry and fire that was quick to burn. Needless to say, I didn’t love what brought them together but I did love how they rose from the ashes together. I loved how much stronger they became when they embraced the truth. I loved how relationships became richer once forgiveness was finally given. I loved how Rick brought me tears and then joy. I always say, if you’re going to break me, please put me back together before you leave! And he did. I loved that love was blind to the number of birthday’s that separated them. I loved that love was blind to bank account numbers. I loved that they found love in the midst of darkness. This very much felt like a nod to, ‘life is short and if you have a chance at happiness, grab it with both hands and don’t let go.’ It also felt like…the beginning. I would have liked to see where they were going but found myself comfortable with knowing where they were headed.
Triggers would include loss of a loved one…from losing their own personal battle with life. As well as, age is only a number and our wealth does not define us. The romance isn’t in abundance but that doesn’t diminish it’s importance here.
Reed fans will most definitely want to take notice of this one, that is if they haven’t already. Or anyone looking for a strong dose of angst followed by the sweet taste of love.