Author: Robert Winter
Series: Pride and Joy
Release Date: 12-09-2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 290
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.
But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover. David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special. (less)
This debut novel took my breath away. The tale end of my T-shirt was repeatedly abused because I couldn’t hold back the tears while I read and the box of tissue was too far away for me to grab. There was absolutely no way in hell I was going to put the book down and grab it either, so shirt tails and sleeves were abused. Don’t judge me 🙂
The first thing that sucked me in was the plot. Here we have David, an older man who was in a loving relationship for almost 20 years until Kyle died leaving David alone and in mourning for 2 years. It’s hard to have spent half of your life with someone and then lose tragically lose them. It’s even harder to imagine living life without that person by your side but David committed himself to spending the rest of his life alone until a chance meeting with Brandon changed the trajectory of David’s life forever.
I fell in love with Brandon the moment he appeared on page. Brandon is the epitome of a young gay guy enjoying the prime of his life. Like most young folks today Brandon is a struggling professional ( physical therapist), drowning in student debt trying to make ends meet to the best of his ability. I immediately fell in love with him because I empathized with hi situation. I know so many people who work hard, play hard and of course, blow off steam with the occasional hook up found on Grindr / Scruff/ Tumblr etc. Brandon may use these apps but what he really wants is to settle down with someone and build a relationship.
From the moment Brandon laid eyes on David he was hooked. David being a client did not stop Brandon from flirting with the handsome man and after listening to David talking about his fears of dating and getting back “out there” Brandon volunteers to help him to do so… for more than one reason 😉
These two together are so lovable, complex and absolutely dynamite. There are so many eventful heartwarming and heartbreaking twists and turns in this story…. put it this way, every time I thought I had no more tears left, Winter found a way to wring even more out of me.
This is an absolute must read and definitely a favorite book of the year for me. I cannot wait to read book 2 in this series. You hit the ball out the park Robert Winter! A home run of a debut!