Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Jonah Lyons is looking forward to spending a weekend at a cabin with his sister, Ellie. So the last thing he expects is for his ex-boyfriend to show up.
Captain Adrian Cooper was once the love of his life, but Jonah thinks he’s moved past it. Getting trapped together because of a snowstorm wasn’t on the agenda, but it means they either have to talk or murder each other.
When Cooper admits the reason he left, Jonah doesn’t know how to react. The depth of Cooper’s love has never waned, and Jonah realizes he still loves Cooper, too. Now he needs to decide if he can forgive Cooper. Can he give them both the second chance they deserve?
I have a feeling I am going to be in the minority on this one but it just wasn’t working for me. I am a big fan of short stories (this one clocks in at 45 pages) but it has to have a “complete” feel and in this case the length worked against it.
Jonah is a wonderful little brother who can’t say no to spending time with his big sister, Ellie. When she convinces him to spend a long weekend with her at her in-laws cabin, he knows he will agree. Even when she asks for chicken Florentine for lunch, a meal he only made for the former love of his life, he figures she doesn’t realize the significance and agrees to that too. Except, of course, she doesn’t show up but Adrian Cooper, the military man who loved Jonah and then broke his heart three years ago, does.
When Jonah (who had blocked Cooper’s number) doesn’t answer his calls, Cooper resorted to getting Ellie to help. Again, Jonah is an awesome little brother because as under-handed and crappy as that move was, he forgives her right away. Jonah is completely ready to throw Cooper out the way he came, except the snow storm that started when Jonah was driving is now in full force the roads are closed. Oh, boy.
So Cooper’s reason for breaking up with Jonah, demolishing his spirit and leaving him without a backwards glance was selfish in my opinion. “When I broke things off, I thought I was doing the right thing.” You know, because why talk to the one you love? Add in that he’s so surprised that Jonah doesn’t want to be with him. “Is it really so bad? Being stuck with me?” A pet peeve of mine, when the one who hurt their love believes they can just show up and all will be magically forgiven. That right there was my biggest issue with the story. There is a quite explanation that was BS, no groveling, “I did it for you” and then on to sex. I didn’t even feel that Cooper “did it for…” Jonah. He finished his time and then went looking.
I am usually a fan of second chance stories but this needed more for me and perhaps due to the short length, it didn’t deliver as I had hoped.
Cover art showing two happy men hugging over a snowy cabin scene is very pretty, though didn’t fit the feel of the couple.
ebook, 41 pages
Published January 19th 2019 by JMS Books LLC
Edition Language English