Blurb: Do you believe in love at first sight? Jonathan does: the moment he glimpsed the striking David from afar, he was hooked, but David disappeared before they could meet.
More than three years later, Jonathan gets a second chance-he and David finally meet face to face, and the two fall into a passionate love affair. David turns Jonathan’s previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the past few years have been hard for Jonathan, and he’s terrified that his young son and scandalous past will be too much for David. If they’re going to build a future together, they’re both going to have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he’s never considered… and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.
Rating: 3 stars
Review: This was a very strange read for me. Yep, it was. At first, I was intrigued by Jonathan and his story. Having read a bit about him in the previous book and I was curious to see how he ended up there and how he worked it all out. At the beginning, I got into the story but as I kept reading I started getting more uncomfortable. Why, you ask? Well you see, I am all for love and romance, I like sweet and I am a fool for love, however, I am a realist and even though I know that this is fiction I just could not grasp the whole ‘love at first sight’ issue. Call me a cynic, but moving to a city you don’t know at 18 years of age just because you fell in love with the eyes of a stranger it is just plain unbelievable and doing it after deciding to be a father to your child? Well, that is just naive. Not to mention that it so happens that the feeling is reciprocated by David right away.
Now that I got that out of the way (which explains my 3 stars rating), I’ll get to the good parts. I appreciated the fact that the author gave me enough insight into Jonathan’s life to ‘justify’ some of his actions and thoughts. I felt like I could understand him better, maybe not accept blindly the whole ‘love at first sight’ concept, but enough for me to understand where Jonathan was coming from. Now David, he was harder to accept. Once again the author gave us great insight into his character, but that just made it harder for me to believe his change of heart. I know…I know it’s just a book but it just didn’t seem feasible. If it would have developed within the course of months maybe then I could have accepted it. But within weeks? I could not overlook it. For me Sam was a great addition to the story, since he managed to bring a whole new side of David to the front. David’s friends too played an intricate part in the story for me, since through them the author gave us the “before-Jonathan” David. I could have done without Nick and Kathy, but I guess they played a part too! (Sorry, you will have to read and see!) 😉
The writing was very good. Every emotion Jonathan and David expressed, be it insecurity, lust or love, was exceptionally written. The dialog was very engaging and the emotions brought to the page were very strong. That is one of the things I love most about this author. The written words always touch me just right, be it humor, passion or pain. Of course, their chemistry was hot! Their first time together felt rushed-in, but I guess it went along with the whole ‘love at first sight’ thing.
Having said all this, I am not disappointed in the least. I am very glad I read it and got to experience Jonathan and David’s story. I have my pet peeves and the whole ‘soul mates’ and ‘love at first sight’ bits are just some of them (at least in Contemporary Romance), so I accept that maybe this book was not for me.
All that being said, I encourage you to give this book a try in spite of my review. You may surprise yourself and end up loving it!