Never Too Late (Home in the Heartland #1)
by Sloan Johnson
An M/M Romance
Released March 14th 2016
Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I’ve been told, it’s only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.
Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.
Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.
I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?
I love M/M Romance. I love the different concepts and elements that make up the romance between the men–the dialogue, the connection, the sex. I especially love when two men allow themselves the chance for more. The rampant emotions, the stolen touches, the intricacies of coming to terms with allowing someone else into their hearts. Never Too Late had many of these, but unfortunately, it also included one major pet peeve of mine–a lot of telling and not as much showing.
Both characters in the story were intriguing and interesting to get to know but most of the first half of the book was spent in their heads. Not that it was entirely a bad thing, since I got to see where their heads were at and what each was dealing with individually. I just wish I would have gotten a chance to see them truly interact in a more personal level.
Dax and Michael shared this ‘life altering’ moment, so I of course I was expectant to see how that coupled with their immense attraction to one another would all work out in the end. Thankfully, once the ‘big secret’ was out, I got to see more of a connection between them.
I enjoyed Dex’s journey. I was cheering him on from the very beginning and seeing him get a grip on his life–adjusting to a new town, a new career and establishing some roots–was a treat to read. Michael’s journey, although different, was also a joy to read. It was fantastic to see him become a better parent and more accepting of himself. Although scared of his attraction to Dex and what it would mean for his and his son’s future, Michael didn’t step back. He was inexperienced and conflicted, but also determined to see it through. And with Dex patiently offering his support and understanding, their journey as a couple began to flourish.
Never Too Late might no have been everything I look for in an M/M romance, but it certainly was worthwhile. Sloan Johnson delivered a heart-warming story of love and new beginnings where two individuals got a second chance at love at a time when neither one expected to find it.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
About the Author
Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.