RELEASE DATE: 2nd October 2015
BLURB: Can you have a second chance at a first love?
Nick Paine is just starting to return to normal after he told his wife he’s gay and asked for a divorce. Despite a daughter he loves dearly and a job he believes in, part of him is stuck in the past. He’s never forgotten the first love he let fade away fourteen years ago.
Adam “Izz” Azzi has settled into a happy rhythm. His daughter is healthy, he’s found a mosque that accepts him, and his work as a modern artist is gaining international attention. While his past is fraught with mistakes and what-ifs, his life now is good, and he doesn’t want to upset any of the balance he’s worked so hard to achieve.
When Nick and Izz are reunited by luck and fate, their attraction is just as undeniable, but what was left unsaid haunts them. They have hope for a future together, but wishing may not be enough.
They met at school and fell in love. They explored each other but never took it to the final step and then just moved on! Do you ever forget that first love or do you bury your feelings so deep down that no one could ever find them, get married to a woman and have a child together, you are content until you meet “him” again, after all those years? This is the basis of the storyline, so you can see why I found it interesting.
I cannot say that he is bi-sexual or even a closet gay – because he’s not! and that’s another reason why this book is so interesting on so many levels.
As I have already said, they met at school and fell in love, but neither of them said the words/declared their love for each other, even when they separated to go to College……and they never saw one another again until 15 years later, from an act of fate!
Their pasts were different, Nick had confessed to his wife 2 years previously that he was gay so even though they have a daughter, they divorce. Adam meanwhile is now an Artist, he hasn’t had it easy but he survived and is now quite successful with his Artwork, but meeting Nick again, shakes him to his core. He also now has a daughter who, because of some serious health issues, needs him and at this stage in his life, he cannot lose his focus.
Neither man have had a sexual experience with another man, except their fooling around when younger and at first, it was a little hard to understand, but the more I read the easier it was to understand these two men.
Nick and Adam are great characters and have some wonderful friends in Ro, Daniel and Charlie, their daughters are both very sweet. And what (almost) happen to Miry has nearly broke my heart.
So why only 4*? I found it very odd that their wives/ex did not play a more major part in the story? Lily (Adam’s ex) was hardly mentioned and I found it hard to understand Adam’s past with her, because of that. On the other hand, Shelly (Nick’s ex) seemed totally absent! And I’m really at a lost as to why? She can be angry but they have a daughter and it seems she didn’t care. In my opinion, this was a lost opportunity on the part of the Author.
Having said all that, it was a very romantic and enjoyable read, it almost had a fairytale feel about it, highlighting love and fate – how real love can survive time and distance, nothing can get in it’s way – not anything or anyone!
****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****