A Lila Release Day Review: Romance Redefined by SJD Peterson

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Opposites attract, but are some differences too drastic for a romance to survive?

On the surface, Benson Howard Winthrop III and Hugh Bayard have a lot in common: they’re young, handsome, and blessed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the country. Surely they have everything anyone could want. But Ben is no longer satisfied with their long-running relationship. Hugh’s need to control every situation is suffocating him, and Ben needs to know if he can make it on his own merits by following his passion.

But Ben’s mother isn’t about to let her son live in a rundown apartment as a struggling actor. She’s determined to get him back to his rightful place at the top of the social ladder—and back with Hugh.

Rekindling their romance will require more than doing what’s expected. Ben and Hugh need to understand and embrace each other’s differences. They’ll have to support each other even when one makes a decision the other doesn’t agree with. For their passionate love to grow, they will need to redefine the meaning of romance… only then can they find true happiness.


Romance Redefined is a different type of second chances. Few romances have divorce gay couples as protagonists. Perhaps, one of them was married to a woman before or the couple lived together for a significant amount of time before their breakup, but a failed marriage isn’t a common occurrence.


In this case, the author did an excellent job showing the intricacies of a previous relationship, not only between the protagonists but between their families and friends. In addition, we get to see how one of the MCs is trying to start a new life away from everyone but still has a special connection to the MC staying behind. Who on his part, hasn’t moved forward after the separation.


I enjoyed Ben’s friendships and how he was trying to find himself while he tried to go after dreams he didn’t know he had. On the other side, is easy to see Hugh resistance to the change and his difficulties opening up. I wish we could have seen his POV, but we did have enough information to understand his backstory. There were times I wanted to cheer for Ben’s other suitor, but then Hugh showed his vulnerable side and won us all over.


Overall, this is a story of love, possibilities, and understandings. The settings, secondary characters, and events only added to a nice tale. I’d love to see more stories in this world and perhaps, a bit more of Hugh and Ben a couple of years down the road.


The cover by Reese Dante is pretty and has an indication of one of the events in the story. It has a really nice love vibe.


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Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published: November 27, 2017, by Dreamspinners Press
ISBN: 9781635338089
Edition Language: English