4 stars adult - 18+ Age Group Beth Jumper Book Closeted Contemporary Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless Homophobia m/m Mid level steam/heat NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Riptide Publishing second chance at love Single Parent Widower

Midlife Crisis by Audra North

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Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.

Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.

No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can’t bring himself to fully embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.


Cam has lived in the closet for all of his adult life, he didn’t even have a nightlight. Small, all black Texas town, married, 2 kids and a thriving business. After his wife passes and his son is available to run his business Cam decides to at least try a small taste of what it might be to kiss a man and relocates temporarily to Austin, TX.

Dave is at the point in his life where he can work if he wants to but doesn’t need to. He has been openly gay most of his life.
A chance meeting in a coffee shop and the sparks between them fly. They get together slowly and develop strong feelings along the way

This story is really about coming to terms with Cam’s sexuality. On telling his children and making the choice to finally live his life as he really wants to. His children’s reaction and his reaction to that. It is well told and well developed for the length.

4 of 5 stars


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