Rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 17, 2012)
Synopsis: Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.
Despite their differences—Antonio is a divorced single father—the two men forge a firm friendship that weathers Mark’s reconciliation with Brian and Antonio’s questionable taste in women. Over the years, Antonio remains constant in his support, though others in Mark’s life come and go through a revolving door.
When a young boy runs away from the group home where he works, Mark finds another door opening. Through it all he holds on to the things his loved ones taught him—about family, about friends and lovers, about life and death. Most importantly, he realizes that sometimes the greatest gift of all is a second chance.
Review: ** Now, bear with me, because I’ve been trying to write this review for a couple of days now and all I came up with was “AWESOME”. This time I tried to expand my vocabulary, hopefully my opinion came across fully. **
Mark’s life is a mess. His lover cheated on him, his job is stressing him out and his mother is on her death bed. He needs to wind down so he decides to get a massage to at least manage to make it through this time with less stress. To his surprise the man that opens the door is gorgeous. Although instantly attracted to Antonio, it doesn’t matter because Antonio is straight. What does matter, however, is the friendship that develop between Antonio and Mark. A friendship based on mutual affection and acceptance that would withstand loss, confusion and ultimately bring them to love.
When I first started to read M/M Romance, T.A. Webb was my go-to man for my next read. His reviews were on-point, honest and exceptionally written, so it came as no surprise when I found out that he had written Second Chances. His way of bringing the complexity of Mark and Antonio’s characters to the page along with the emotional impact of the story made Second Chances an excellent read for me.
With a story that spanned years and a cast of characters that added beautifully to the story, Webb’s writing flowed through the page seamlessly. Every event that took place, every line of dialogue exchanged and every emotion expressed was perfectly placed to elicit the most impact. I cried along with Mark, I was as conflicted as Antonio and I was rejoicing with them as they found their second chance with each other.
There are not enough words for me to express how much I enjoyed this story. From the characters and the conflict all through the sexy as hell love scenes to the tenderness and loyalty displayed by Antonio and Mark, T.A. Webb’s writing was engaging, touching and enjoyable. I loved it form start to finish, but it is a story that you have to experience for yourself to truly understand all that entails. If you appreciate a great M/M story with humor, angst and hot man love, this is the book to read.
Thank you Tom for your insightful reviews that pulled me into this genre and for a wonderful, heart-wrenching story that had all the elements I love.