Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Simple Romance

Author: J.H. Knight
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-432-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Skip thought his life was perfect. He had a husband he adored and a teaching job he loved, but he lost it all when his partner suddenly decided to leave him. After eight years of being part of a couple, Skip’s left with only the cat, making him depressed and withdrawn. At the end of the school year, he decides to move and heads across country to his hometown.

Being home has some advantages—he has a place to stay and his mother to love and coddle him until he can get his head on straight. It also holds Paul Miller, his teenage crush, who’s now a teacher at the local high school where he was just hired. Skip’s nervous and uncertain about getting involved but after one night with Paul, he’s willing to consider a sex-only relationship. Except Paul wants more. The question is whether Paul can convince the deeply wounded Skip that love is worth risking his heart.

J.H. Knight is a new author for me and her release A Simple Romance didn’t disappoint. It’s an entertaining M/M romance—lighthearted and fun, but with just enough angst for realism. Skip’s hurt, mistrust and uncertainly are handled well, allowing the reader to understand the depth of his feelings.  He’s so scared, he almost misses a second chance at love with Paul and for me, his uncertainly went on a little too long. I admit that despite how much I like Skip, I still started to get irritated with his inability to make a decision. It was so unfair to Paul.

I know the premise for this romance isn’t original but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. The plot flow’s smooth, the imagery is vivid and the personalities of Skip and Paul are well developed. The addition of Skip and Paul’s mothers are great. These two ladies are a hoot. But that’s not all. There are other supporting characters that flesh out the plot and add a few laughs too. And I can’t forget about the sex. While full of passion and desire, it don’t overwhelm the growing relationship between Skip and Paul. So, as you can tell, I liked this romance and I hope you’ll give it a try. Enjoy.

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