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Trigger Warnings:
This book contains mention of mental and physical abuse and conversion therapy, references to abusive parenting, and an on-page attempt to sexually coerce.

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Pride Publishing
Published:
31 May 2022
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54,503
Pages:
218
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Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

4/5

This is a very well written and satisfying, second chance romance read.

Blake Carson and Alex Martin were childhood sweethearts until Alex suddenly disappeared.

Unbeknown to Blake, Alex was sent to a conversion therapy centre, and remained there until he turned 18.

Though the book does deal to some degree with the aftermath of the abuse Alex suffered it is not the main theme of the story.

We pick up their accidental reunion, when Blakes looks at a photograph display in the window of a gallery.  He is coerced inside by a larger-than-life woman, who we later find out she is Alex’s agent and friend.

We follow their reunion, and it is soon clear that these two are destined to be together. Absence certainly made their hearts grow fonder.  Both characters have insecurities, especially Alex, which we see them work out without any real angst.

Alex has used his bad experiences to build his strength, yes, he still suffers from PTSD, which is triggered after their reunion.

There are many parts of this story, one of my favourite scenes is when Alex gets to put his father to rights, especially when he tells him that he is still gay and is back with Blake. It was poetic justice, and I could imagine the steam coming from Alex’s Father.

I also loved Joey, a young orphan that Blake has worked on a case of abusive foster parents.  The young man and Blake form a strong bond. And Blake contemplates fostering Joey himself.

This is a strong feel-good story, with real characters.  Though it deals with Alex’s PTSD, and Joey’s abusive Forster family.  It does it in such a way that you are rooting for these guys and by the end of the book, you are left feeling happy that they finally get their happily ever after.

This is a very well written and satisfying, second chance romance read.

Biography

J.P. Bowie was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel – a science fiction tale of brawny men and brawnier women that made him a little suspect in the eyes of his family for a while.

Leaving home at age eighteen for the bright lights of London, he found himself in the midst of a “diverse and creative crowd” that eventually led him to the performing arts. For the next twelve years he sang, danced and acted his way around the theatres of London and the provinces, appearing in shows with many famous British singers, actors and comedians.

After immigrating to the US and living for many years in Las Vegas where he worked for that incomparable duo, Siegfried and Roy, J.P. found himself entranced by the fair city of San Diego where he currently lives with his partner, Phil.

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