Thursday, March 17, 2016

Never Too Late by Sloan Johnson

Title: Never Too Late
Series: Home in the Heartland #1
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Adult, M/M Romance
Published: March 7, 2016
Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I've been told, it's only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.

Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.

Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.

I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?

My Rating: A
My Review:
*happy sigh* I do love a good Gay-For-You story and it's been a while since I read one. This book hit all those happy buttons for me. 

For Dax, he's starting a new life in the place where his old life ended. He was in a horrific motorcycle accident that he never planned to wake up from. It was his rock bottom moment. But he did wake up from it and it's taken six years to get his life back on track. He's a kindergarten teacher now and when he gets a job offer in the town where he had his horrible accident, he sees it as a sign...even though he's not too sure about small-town life. 

For Michael, all he's known is small-town life. He was on his way out, but then a series of catastrophes left him floundering and second-guessing every decision he ever made. Now he's trying desperately to care for a small son who likes to test him at every turn, while maintain his own sanity. He's not doing a very good job at either thing. 

When Dax moves to town, he lives three doors down from Michael. As a result, he has a front row seat to all the ways that Michael is failing with his young son, Jagger. Dax has an affinity to small kids and he steps in to offer help and a friendship blossoms between the two. 

I really enjoyed the way the story played out. These guys are friends, Michael is not gay. He's not even curious. But love is love and sometimes a romance develops by falling in love with the person not the exterior. I think this is the ultimate love that goes so far beyond the physical. Not that these guys aren't physical, because they are. But that is a by-product of the emotions, not the other way around which is the way that romance normally plays out. And that right there is why I love this trope so much...GFY is the truest type of love in my book.

And I just really liked both Dax and Michael. They both have amazing stories. Their trauma touched each of their lives so differently, but brought them together in the most unlikely of ways. I adored the story and think that most people will enjoy it, too...especially if you're like me and have a special fondness for gay-for-you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I also bought my own copy.

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.
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