Monday, August 28, 2017

Release Day Review: Remember When by SJD Peterson #Review #Giveaway

Author: SJD Peterson
Book: Remember When
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Publication date: August 28, 2017
Length: 210 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Life is simple and hopeful in youth. Luke and Nelson are best friends exploring their budding sexuality. They have big plans for the future, and nothing can stand in their way or tear them apart—except a family move that puts a continent between them.

Ten years later Luke and Nelson meet again, but nothing is simple anymore. As strong as the attraction remains, obligations and expectations come between them as Luke is forced to honor family responsibilities over the desires of his heart.

Impossibly fate sees fit to offer them a last opportunity to see what might have been. Will the third time be the charm, or is trust so badly broken it is impossible to repair? Can they recapture the innocent love they once knew and make up for all the wasted years? In a love story that spans half a lifetime, two friends destined for each other will have to fight hard for their happily ever after.

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This book spoke to the unwavering romantic in me! It's a story of how young, first love really can be the love that lasts a lifetime.

Luke and Nelson are next door neighbors and have been best friends since they were five. As they get a little older they begin to explore their sexuality together, always remaining best friends first. When the boys are 13, Luke's family moves to California and their friendship slips away with the distance.

10 years later, the two see each other again in an airport. What are the chances that they are both traveling to the same city, staying in the same hotel? Fate seems to have brought them back together. The boys, now young men quickly pick up where they left off. 10 years have passed and they still can finish each other's sentences. The exploring they did with each as adolescents has now turned into a full blown attraction. Nelson and Luke live across the country from each other, but both have faith that they're building something special. Life intervenes once more and tears them apart. Nelson doesn't know if he'll survive this heartache again.

Fate steps in again. Nelson has made his professional dreams come true and through work, runs into Luke years later. These two have so much between them, good and bad. Love, loss, fear and that same spark are all there. Fate seems to keep pushing them together.  Will they take another chance at finally getting their first love right? 

This book pulled me right in. I ached for these boys, I cheered for them, I got angry with them! Mostly, I just wanted to see them together! I love second chance stories, this time, I saw what happens when you miss that chance too. First love can still be your last love, if you're willing to fight for it.


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