Justin Hawthorne worked hard to realize his silver-screen dreams, making his way from small-town Pennsylvania to Hollywood and success. But it hasn't come without sacrifice. When Justin's father kicked him out for being gay, George Miller's family offered to take him in, but circumstances prevented it. Now Justin is back in town and has come face to face with George, the man he left without so much as a good-bye...and the man he's never stopped loving.
Justin's disappearance hit George hard, but he's made a life for himself as a home nurse and finds fulfillment in helping others. When he sees Justin again, George realizes the hole in his heart never mended, and he isn't the only one in need of healing. Justin needs time out of the public eye to find himself again, and George and his mother cannot turn him away. As they stay together in George's home, old feelings are rekindled. Is a second chance possible when everything George cares about is in Pennsylvania and Justin must return to his career in California? First, they'll have to deal with the reason for Justin's abrupt departure all those years ago.
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4.5/5 - Almost perfect!
I'll be honest, if I had read this book instead of listening to the audiobook, I probably would have given it 5 stars. I liked the characters, loved the supporting characters, the plot was good, pace was good, development was fantastic. I think it would've been hard not to give it 5 stars. However, the audiobook also had its strengths.
The narrator, Jeff Gelder, had a deep and smooth voice, but with some words he sounded a little nasally and I had a difficult time listening to this book for more than 45-60 minutes without having to take a break. Overall though, the narration was good. Jeff spoke clearly and did a great job of separating the characters from each other without tweaking his voice too much. I would recommend listening to the audio sample. You'll probably hear what I mean a lot better than I can describe it in words and it'll give you a good idea of whether or not you want to listen to his voice for another few hours. Just to be clear, I would definitely listen to this audiobook again and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a book with Jeff Gelder as the narrator, I just know I'll have to break it up so that I'm not listening to too much at one time.
Moving on, lets talk about Justin. Justin was the guy who packed his bags and got the hell out of his little home town as soon as he was able. He worked his ass off and made it big in Hollywood. Justin was under some crazy pressure to the best of the best at all times. He was stressed and spread so thin he was on the verge of snapping (and I don't blame him). But Justin was also honest and straightforward. He came by his success by working his ass off and taking all of the crappy long hours that nobody else wanted. And despite all of his success, he still feels lonely and he knows that something is missing in his life.I was drawn to Justin as a character immediately.
I kept listening to this book because, more than anything, I wanted to know why he left. What had impacted him so much that he would leave George behind with no "sorry," no note, no phone call, nothing. He just up and vanished like nothing had ever happened between them. When a character that is otherwise portrayed as a straighforward and honest guy does something like that, it becomes a hook that pulls you through the pages and lets you get lost in the story.
And when Justin's father dies, he is forced to go back to the town he swore he'd never return to, where he reunites with George, his old flame. This entire chapter was awkward at most. I almost died of embarassment for Justin. But despite how much Justin just wanted to get in and get back out, he just couldn't stay away. All of the old feelings he had for George resurfaced and Justin was left with a choice: do nothing and live the rest of his life chasing something he'll never have or see where things go with George, the only man he's ever had this kind of a connection to.
They both know that it can't go far, but they get so caught up in eachother and the time they do have that they don't really care. I loved Justin and George as a couple because they built eachother up, complemented eachother's strengths, and did their best to build on that. The chemistry and love that they have is all there right from the minute they see eachother again and neither one of them wants to let it go.
I would 100% recommend this book. If you like audiobooks, go get the audiobook, if you want to read it digitally or physically, you can do that too, but this was a fantastic second chance love story that you have to read!!!
2.5 stars- Promising storyline that ended up being
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