Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.
Just like a coin, there are two sides to every story. I strive to live my life with this as one of my mantras. There are two aspects and two points of view as well as invisible burdens and pains. Our society has reached the point where many do not live with this frame of mind. Caught up in their own lens or living with blinders on. It’s actually kind of sad. But I digress, back to our second chance fellas. I should clarify, not with each other but with love in general. This story starts out with a sad man who has licked his wounds raw. Jack has valid reasons, he lost his long-term partner to deceit and betrayal. He’s jumped back in the saddle or was pushed to be more precise. Shockingly he has a good time on his blind date. Tyler makes him happy. Tyler has his own story, also ending in heartbreak but he’s not giving up. Which is one of the reasons I enjoyed this story so much. Because once invisible pains are brought into the spotlight, pieces of the puzzle fall into place. And despite a few shocking pieces it turns out to be a beautiful puzzle.
Jacob’s delivers a sexy silver fox and an endearing bachelor searching to change his status for the long run and I was instantly smitten. Kind of like Tyler, I fell quickly. I was cheering and rooting for them from the very beginning. They have great chemistry and neither can deny the spark but they have different opinions on it. Tyler is looking for a partner, his other half. Jack is still grappling with losing his alleged soul mate and definitely not looking for another relationship, especially a serious one. Their communication is loud and clear. They talk and talk and talk some more. I found it refreshing and ironic at the same time. As Jack dips his toes into the possibility of dating he can’t help but notice Tyler is already waist-deep, holding out his hand. Can he take it? Risk his heart again? Or has it been lost while he was so busy contemplating? Commitment can be scary and liberating all at once. Love truly is mighty and powerful. Throughout our lives, doors open and sometimes they close. Jack must decide if he’s going to stare at the sorrow-filled door in his past or trust in the magic of new beginnings. And believe me, it’s worth finding out!
Loyalty is shattered but one heartbreak doesn’t doom the heart to pieces forever. Silver is sexy and so are honest discussions. Forgiveness can be a game-changer and the key to their future…for guilt (even misplaced) is sure to sink them before they set sail.
I missed this when it was released a few years back but no matter, it kept just fine. Better than. If you’re on the hunt for a sweet ‘n sexy story about trust, compassion, and starting anew…you don’t want to miss flipping this coin over.