Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
At 47, Oren Walker isn’t looking for love. When he knocks on Pete Higgins’ door, all he wants is to thank him for helping his mom after she broke her femur. He never expected that one look at the man would make his knees weak and heart flutter.
Pete is happy, albeit a bit lonely, after divorcing his wife of twenty years and isn’t looking to replace her. But when Oren shows up, all grateful and handsome and in that fancy suit, the longing for the deep connection of a relationship flares up inside him.
As the leaves turn yellow, Oren and Pete spend a lot of time in honest conversations. Their attraction grows. Will the two men recognize the promise of new beginnings, and take the chance to find the happiness they both deserve?
This is a pretty short story (54 pages of actual content) telling the beginnings of Oren and Pete. I really liked that these guys are older. I loved that Oren is completely and unapologetically his mama’s boy. He adores his mom and doesn’t care who knows. I also appreciated that “When every other gay guy in the country checks out asses or the front package, I drool over arms.” I hear you, Oren.
The two meet when Oren goes over to thank Pete, Oren’s mom’s neighbor, for helping mom out when Oren wasn’t there. Mom is on crutches and she’s stubborn and awesome. Pete is a good neighbor and helps her out more than once. The friendship between the two men evolves from the mom connection to being comfortable hanging out. Pete is divorced with two older children and his ex-wife is the best. No wicked witch here – she is supportive and great friends with Pete.
This isn’t slow burn so much as it becomes friends to lovers. The sex here is off-page, which worked for me, as I felt the connection between them with their conversations and actions. Oren questions his job with some nudges from Pete and Pete welcomes Oren into his family.
The epilogue is as sweet as Pete and Oren themselves.
Cover Art works for the character and the composition and colors make it beautiful and eye catching.
Expected publication: September 21st 2019 by JMS Books LLC
Edition Language English