Author: Robert Winter
Series: Pride and Joy, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance /May-December Couple
Page Count: 290
Heat Level: 4 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.
This is an amazing story – David & Brandon are two characters who are brought together by chance, learn to love each other despite the age gap, and their love story is one of kind and transcends age, wealth, and injury – a true story of learning to love again and of taking chances!
When you vow to love someone till death do you part, what happens when you are the one left alive and alone, trying to pick up the pieces of your life and learn to live again? Do you dare to hope that you might find love again? Are you being unfaithful to your deceased lover if you go out on dates? How can you bring a new lover into the bed you shared with another for almost 20 years – is it worth it to try again? These are all questions that our MC David has to face. David knows he has to either work to overcome all of his fears and feelings of betraying his deceased partner, Kyle, or he will spend the rest of his life alone. When an injury brings him to physical therapy- he quickly realizes a torn rotator cuff may not be the only thing his therapist is mending.
Brandon is a young physical therapist new to the D.C. area, a transplant from Texas. He is deep in student loan debt, isn’t a stranger to Ramen noodles, loves being active and playing sports; and while he isn’t averse to the occasional Grindr or Scruff hookup he really wants to find someone to settle down with and build a life. When he first sees his newest patient, a sexy, distinguished, middle-aged man with a body to die for and if the bulge in his jeans is correct he has D for days..Brandon is awed. When he finds out that David plays for his team and is single a widower .. he decides he will help David, the sexy man he quickly nicknames Cowboy – get back on the horse – and help him get over his fear of asking someone out. Yes, Brandon volunteers to be his practice date. What starts as coffee between therapist and patient quickly detours to a tour of David’s house and some hot action.
From there it’s all about learning to communicate, letting go of the past, being strong enough to love each other, and getting over other people’s perception of them as a couple due to the 20+ year age gap. Then when life throws them lemons – the two have to decide to either walk away or love each other harder. As Brandon struggles to accept all that David offers some help comes from the least likely of people that put everything in perspective.
This is the first story I have read by author Robert Winter and I cannot wait to read more.. his writing and storytelling ability are both beautifully brilliant, with characters that are full of emotion, and their plight and struggles real.
I loved this story and I highly recommend it to all!