Title: No Regrets
Author: Nicky James
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: 3/17/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 408
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Life makes no promises, and sometimes, you draw the short straw.
Landon Johnston’s life came to a grinding halt seven months ago, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
With the encouragement of his grandmother, Landon works his way out of his slump and tries to live life while he still can.
Deciding he doesn’t want to drag anyone else down his morbid path, Landon gives up all friendships and denies himself love. It’s better this way, because all he has to offer is eventual heartache and sadness.
While traveling the world, Landon meets Abel Matheson, a free-spirited, unedited, and nerve-grating man who was supposed to only be a one-night-stand.
Despite Landon’s insistence that he can’t form a relationship with his current diagnoses, Abel is persistent and will not be ignored.
Fighting against all his ingrained urges to run, Landon finds himself drawn down the road he swore he’d never take.
Intimacy grows and bonds form…
Only… Abel doesn’t know Landon is sick.
How can anyone love a man with no future?
Telling him might cause him to run, but staying silent means living a lie. A lie which will only reveal itself in time.
I have just finished reading this book and I can honestly say that it has completely slain me in the best ways possible. I’m not one for getting all emotional and although I managed to keep the tears in check, my heart was in my mouth for most of the book and I don’t think I have been so engrossed or so lost in a story in a very long time. It seems wrong to say that I loved it when it is about such a sensitive and devastating subject but I can’t come up with any other way than to just say that this is an awe-inspiring piece of writing that really gets you thinking.
From the blurb, you will already know that Landon has been diagnosed with a form of terminal brain cancer and although he wants to experience as much as he can with however long he has left, he has decided to make his journey alone, determined not to form any attachments so he won’t drag anyone down with him. His plans are somewhat de-railed by a chance encounter with a stranger who is more than persistent in his endeavors to get to become better acquainted with him. Abel has no idea of the secrets that Landon carries but is so drawn to him that he refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer – to anything. What is only meant to be a one-night stand becomes so much more complicated by the fact that Abel is unwilling to accept just ‘one night’ and because deep down, Landon knows that in an ideal world, he’d want more too.
The reader follows the pair on their travels, is privileged to get a ringside seat to their developing relationship and can only be inspired by their handling of such a situation. I realise this isn’t based on a true story but it feels so real and has been written so beautifully that the characters emotions were laid bare in every line and even the hardest of hearts *coughs* can’t help but feel affected by it. In saying that, I also had several proper laugh out loud moments at Abel’s ‘one liners’ and his complete lack of filter. The two young men are so different but compliment each other perfectly and have a connection that most of us can only dream about finding.
This is one of those rare stories that will play on my mind long after I put the book down and will make me take serious stock of my own life. If you want to read a book that will make you feel, that will make you think and that will give you a good old-fashioned kick up the arse, then I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It’s an absolute must-read and worth way more than five stars.