Title: Kiss Yesterday Goodbye
Author: Cassidy Ryan
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: 73 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Blurb: For their future, he must let go of his past.
Aidan has a huge crush on Jon, but not only is Jon his boss, albeit temporarily, he is also recovering from a bad break-up. On his final day at Jon’s publishing company, Aidan finds the courage to make his move. It results in what should be a solitary evening of mind-blowing sex before they go back to their own lives. But when a confrontation with his landlord leaves Aidan bruised, bleeding and homeless, Jon and his friends come to his aid.
Jon is smitten by Aidan, and utterly terrified. His last relationship has left him with some pretty deep emotional scars and he has no wish to get back in the game. But the more time he spends with Aidan, the less time he wants to give to the past.
However, Aidan has something in common with Jon’s ex that could spoil any chance they have of making a life together.
Review: Kiss Yesterday Goodbye follows Jon and Aidan. Jon has been deeply hurt by a former lover, and Aidan has recently started his life over after his parents rejected him. We meet them on Aidan’s last day at Jon’s publishing company. Their relationship begins with a bold move from Aidan, who finally expresses his interest in Jon. From there the story takes off, Jon struggling to protect his damaged ego, and Aidan experiences a series of devastating events leaving him destitute.
I liked how the author created two characters who had personal flaws and issues they needed to work through. The conflicts propelled the story forward, and the ending provided satisfying vindication for both men.
I wish this story had been longer so the characters and events could’ve been more fleshed out. The two main characters hook up at the beginning, and their connection moves from attraction to infatuation/love almost immediately. Jon’s speed with letting his guard down undermined the build-up of his past hurt by a former lover. The conflict which arises occurs too quickly and is resolved with the same speed. This is the challenge of writing a short story. There isn’t time or space to fully develop characters and events. All in all, this was a fine read, something I would’ve enjoyed reading by a pool, in a waiting room, or when I had some time to kill before a prior engagement.
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