Book: What About Now
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Length: 307 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Five years ago, everything went wrong. Braden Kirk and Rafe Jessen’s long-term relationship started unraveling. They stopped talking, fears mounted, then Braden walked in on Rafe and another man, completely misreading the situation. Without giving Rafe a chance to explain, Braden walks out. Out of their home, their relationship, and the game development company they started together in college.
After months of therapy to deal with the attempted rape Braden walked in on, Rafe begins to understand that his dominant tendencies in the bedroom aren’t a bad thing and that Braden’s submission is likely what scared his partner into silence. But Rafe isn’t ready to let go of the man he loves more than life itself. He arranges for himself and Braden to end up on the same charity cruise, knowing Braden won’t let his phobia—terror of vast, deep waters—rule him.
With a plan and twenty-eight days, Rafe is determined to get Braden back, make him see there’s nothing wrong with being submissive, and find a way to get Braden to stay with him when they get home to LA.
I had a lot of love for this story. Only one issue and we can get to that later. Let me tell you what I loved. Rafe. He’s my favorite. He’s so beyond broken… well, that’s unfair. Let’s say he is a work in progress. At first we didn’t know why Rafe and Braden broke up 5 years ago and it took a while to find out why. But we did and it’s heartbreaking. The moment of truth kind of takes the air out of you and you want to scoop Rafe up and tell him it’s all okay.
I got the hesitation in Braden up to a certain point then I was like. Okay there, buddy, time to get to talking. No more thinking. I’d like to say it’s a slow burn and in a way it is. But because Rafe and Braden had so much to work through I felt the timing was right when they do finally get to the sexy times.
My only issue, and it’s a realism sort of thing, I found it incredibly unrealistic that they were together for how long they were, broke up after owning a business and home together, and didn’t talk one word in 5 years. I had a hard time wrapping my head around that part. But that is where my issues end.
It’s very well written. Grace brings beautiful broken characters to life and makes them all better the finesse and creativity.
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