“Some things just couldn’t be protected from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off…Once old things were broken off, amazingly beautiful things could grow in their place.” ― Denise Hildreth Jones
Author: Leighton Rose
Pages/Word Count: 195 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: When two stubborn boys fall in love there are bound to be fights, but when those fights become the norm and there are more bad times than good, is love enough of a reason to stay?
Alex Parker thinks the best way to save himself and his boyfriend, Tyler Matthews, from any more pain is to leave him and his hometown behind. He finally settles down in Texas and as they both try to move on, it seems like a lost cause.
A tragic turn of events causes Alex to drop everything and head back to Nebraska where he winds up face-to-face with Tyler for the first time since he left two years ago. The spark of attraction is still there, but will these two now grown men be able to overcome the years of guilt, hurt, and broken trust without breaking the bonds of friendship they’ve formed during their time apart in order to get their second chance at love? Only time will tell if their hearts can find their way back to each other.
Review: What happens when two young men fall hopelessly in love with one another? Well, sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. This story is about one of those times that it doesn’t work out…initially.
Alex and Tyler were young when they met and fell head over heels in love with one another. They shared everything with each other. Their lives were completely intertwined, they shared friends, family and their home. The only downside to this was that when things went south, there wasn’t any way to separate their lives unless they made a clean break.
Alex made the choice to do what he thought was right, not only for himself, but for Tyler also. When their relationship turned into one ongoing fight, Alex decides to end it instead of letting the relationship deteriorate to a place they could never come back from. He did the hardest thing he has ever done, and walked away.
Both men struggle to get their lives in order, Tyler in their hometown and Alex in Texas. Just as they both try to begin new relationships, two years later circumstances draw them back together. They each have to come to terms with their shared past, their time apart and the men that they have brought into their lives.
This is more than a story of second chances. Leighton Rose has managed to write a story of soul mates separated by distance, but never separated in their love for one another. I think most of us have had that kind of love at least once in our lives, and if we are lucky, we got to keep it. In this story, I think these two just found each other too early in their lives. They needed to grow separately, before they could live together.
Their love for one another was never in question; it was just their trust in one another and their staying power that came into question. Alex was going to have to prove to Tyler that he was in this for the long haul.
These two men grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. Their love for one another jumped off the page. I also loved the secondary characters, and I can’t wait to see what’s up next for their friends. If you love second chance stories this is a must read. Just be warned: once you start reading this one, you won’t want to stop.