Book: Dating in Retrospect
Series: States of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication date: February 15, 2017
Length: 107 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Giving the commencement speech at his alma mater doesn’t fit Clay Keller’s meticulous schedule. As Chief Executive Officer of Travel Mogul—the largest travel connoisseur company on the West Coast—he has no time to get back in touch with his country roots. He left fifteen years ago without a second look, but a medical scare makes him change his mind about the speech and brings him face-to-face with his only regret.
Time always moves slower in Southeastern Iowa, and Aaron Grant loves it. He’s added solar farms to the Grant Lanes portfolio and has been teaching at the local university for a decade. The last thing he needs is to have his tenure application compromised by the return of his ex-boyfriend. If he had known who the commencement speaker would be, he would never have volunteered to be the administration liaison.
A proposal—to date for a year—will help them discover that time changes a person, even when everything else stays the same.
Every now and then it happens that a book you were REALLY looking forward to didn't live up to your expectations. I guess it happens to everyone, to some more than others, and for me, Dating in Retrospect by Lila Leigh Hunter is just such a book. The blurb totally grabbed my attention, as did the cover, and I've read a few of the States of Love books from Dreamspinner Press and enjoyed them. Unfortunately, this one was a pretty big miss for me.
Second chance love stories are among my very favorites. I love the idea of a shared history, of something happening to pull our two main characters apart, and then watching them come back together is just such a satisfying treat. It only works if I'm rooting for both characters to overcome whatever obstacle was in their way so they find their way to the future. Here, I didn't care for Clay's character in the least. He was immature and mean-spirited and really had next to nothing redeeming about him. I did like the setting and the premise was promising but the fact that Clay was such an unlikable person made it hard to find much enjoyment in this book.
I did like the fact that both Aaron and Clay were portrayed as bisexuals, and as I mentioned, the Iowa setting was something new and different, however it wasn't really enough to get me invested in what happened. This definitely might be a case of it's me not the book, so maybe give this a try and see if you have better luck!
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