Annabelle Jacobs – Always Another Side – Review Tour & Giveaway
Release Date: June 3 2016
Length: 60,000 words
Buy Link: myBook.to/Always_Another_Side
Blurb: Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.
Jack is now 40 and Tyler 36, heartbreak has featured in both their lives. After being with Simon for 16 years, Jack discovers that Simon has been cheating on him and their relationship ends. Tyler has always thought that James was his boyfriend and was shocked to find out that James was not only in another relationship but also thought of them being together as just sex, nothing more.
The storyline starts 8 months after those heartbreaking facts materialised. Through friends, Jack and Tyler meet on a blind date and then the book concentrates on their relationship. It’s not love at first sight and as a reader, I was grateful for that, as these two men are approaching middle age, both been hurt from their previous relationships, so were naturally cautious and that made sense to me.
Now that Jack is by himself after being in a relationship for the past 16 years, he’s not only lonely but also feeling old (I did have a problem with that, as I’m now 42 and certainly don’t feel old! I’ve got a lot more years left in me and intend to enjoy them – I don’t feel old at all, lol).
Tyler, who has reached the ripe old age of 36, has never been in a real relationship. That has always been his dream, but now starts to think that maybe he has always rushed into those relationships and now it’s time to change?
When they meet, both men want different things. Jack isn’t ready for a relationship again and Tyler is looking for one. Jack was cheated on and Tyler was “the other man” as his boyfriend was cheating with him, even though Tyler didn’t know.
Their relationship could be over before it even began! But Annabelle Jacobs wouldn’t do that to us and both men decide on giving it a chance and start dating.
I really liked Tyler, he reminded me of me when I was younger, I could totally understand how hard it was for him to put on the brakes
I loved the straightforwardness that both men had, they were so open with each other, nothing was hidden.
This was such an easy story to read, it shows that second chance love can happen, there was no big conflicts or massive drama….well something happens, but you will have to read it yourselves to find out (no spoilers from me).
I know that I continually recommend this author and I will continue to do so, I like her books and her writing style and know that you would too.
Everyone said their goodbyes, and Jack tried not to notice the blatant, knowing looks being passed around. He had no doubt he’d be getting some nosy texts later. On the plus side, at least he wouldn’t be the only one.
Now it was only the two of them, they wandered into the bar area and snagged a small table by the fireplace. It wasn’t lit—the late-April weather had been far too mild to warrant an open fire. The Saturday-night crowd from earlier had clearly moved on to somewhere else, and the room had quietened considerably.
“Thanks for offering me a lift.” Tyler smiled and took a sip of his drink. “I wasn’t ready to leave yet.”
“Me neither.” Jack had bought another Coke, and he ran his finger down through the condensation on the outside of the glass. “I have to admit I was a bit—a lot sceptical about whether or not this was a good idea.”
Tyler glanced up and met his gaze. “Meeting me?”
Jack’s smile was wry. “I was talking about the whole blind date thing, but yeah… I guess it was meeting you in general.” He cringed as he said it, perhaps not the best thing to say to someone whom you were hoping to go out with again. And despite Jack’s misgivings and preconceptions, he liked Tyler.
Tyler cocked his head to one side and frowned, as though he wasn’t sure how to feel about that. Jack had probably offended him, because no one liked to hear that sort of thing. But then, he’d offered to drive Tyler home so they could spend more time together—alone—so Tyler must realise Jack wanted to get to know him better. Or maybe not. If Jack had learned one thing from his breakup with Simon, it was that communication was key. Never assume someone knew what you meant or what you were thinking.
“I know that sounds bad, and it’s nothing personal. Christ, I’m pulling out all the clichés tonight, but it really was a case of it being me and not you.” Jack laughed and scrubbed a hand over his face. “Shit. Just when it was going so well. I’ve managed to fuck it up, haven’t I?”
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
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