Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Beaten by the IT recession, Justin has come back to his hometown where he’s inherited a small house from his mother. Surely Barry, his old crush and sometime nemesis, is long gone. Jobs are scarce, so impulsively Justin seeks to buy into a pet grooming business. But when he has to visit the local bank for a loan, who sits behind the big desk but Barry?
Justin’s appearance jolts Barry out of his miserable rut of a life. What if they were to pick up where a brief boyhood attraction abruptly ended? Then his mother’s sudden stroke throws his whole life into a tumbled ruin.
Juggling business and pleasure can be a complex, risky endeavor. Will Justin resist Barry’s charms and flee again, or will fate give them a new leash on life?
Another story that just did not work for me and I don’t think it’s a good omen when I feel like I have to force myself to finish a book around 50 pages. Justin is going back to his hometown in a last ditch effort to survive since losing his job. Barry has been living his life per his mother’s wishes for so long that seeing his boyhood crush seems to throw him out of his mundane life.
These two seem to have the lingering lust from their teens but other than that they don’t do anything to actually be in a relationship. They both ran as teens in fear of being gay but the way Barry just assumes and kinda forces himself to be in Justin’s lifealong with his attitude didn’t endear himself to me. His attitude about finding out he was adopted didn’t help me like him anymore. Justin just seems to let himself be led by Barry in some ways and though he kinda stands up for himself at one point it doesn’t last long.
The cover art by Written Ink Designs has a nice visual of Justin and his dog.
ebook, 16,988 words
Published: March 23, 2019 by JMS Books
Edition Language: English