4 stars Actor/Theatre adult - 18+ Angst Level Book class difference Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Reconcilliation second chance at love Standalone

Romance Redefined by SJD Peterson

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Opposites attract, but are some differences too drastic for a romance to survive?

On the surface, Benson Howard Winthrop III and Hugh Bayard have a lot in common: they’re young, handsome, and blessed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the country. Surely they have everything anyone could want. But Ben is no longer satisfied with their long-running relationship. Hugh’s need to control every situation is suffocating him, and Ben needs to know if he can make it on his own merits by following his passion.

But Ben’s mother isn’t about to let her son live in a rundown apartment as a struggling actor. She’s determined to get him back to his rightful place at the top of the social ladder—and back with Hugh.

Rekindling their romance will require more than doing what’s expected. Ben and Hugh need to understand and embrace each other’s differences. They’ll have to support each other even when one makes a decision the other doesn’t agree with. For their passionate love to grow, they will need to redefine the meaning of romance… only then can they find true happiness

Whilst reading I kept wavering between thinking that Benson was whiny and just didn’t know what he really wanted to thinking he was justified. He needed to cut his losses if Hugh would not or could not see his point of view and open up. There is also the irony of Ben complaining about his mother when he was behaving just like her and shutting Hugh out. But love is love and Ben and Hugh have a forever love, they just had to understand what each other needs emotionally. Into the equation comes Jason. He is very interested in Ben and romances him in they way Ben has always wanted. But is romance what he really wants or is it for Hugh to change. SJD Peterson’s books always give me pause for thought. In this case Hugh and Ben have everything money can buy but not companionship. Ben feels like he is being controlled and has to leave and make his own life. The story is told from Ben’s point of view and I cannot decide whether this helped me empathise with him or whether it would have worked better knowing what was going on in Hugh’s mind. The love triangle with Jason is needed to spur Hugh on and make him reconsider Ben’s position. I would love for Jason to get his own story. The epilogue does give Ben and Hugh their happy ever after once they realised compromises had to be made by both of them. I think this is quite a good second chance story.

4 of stars out of 5


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