Out of the Past, by Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Day: January 20, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Buy Link: Publisher
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ten years after a terrible car accident left carpenter Andy Johnson dead, Steven Billings has yet to move on. Though he’s put aside his art to run his family’s foundation—just like his parents always wanted—Steven has never been able to put Andy and the love they shared behind him.
Except Andy’s not dead. And after a long, agonizing recovery—alone—Andy has come to hate Steven, believing Steven abandoned him when things got tough. When a chance encounter at a bar throws them back together again, it’s like the dead have come back to life and the past has come back to haunt them both.
I think “second chance at love” novels are one of my favorite plots to read, and this one has a really fantastic twist: Steven’s second chance comes after thinking that his lover has been dead for the last decade.
Steven and Andy’s reunion, the misunderstandings, and the emotions are all fantastic! This is a story that really tugs on your heart, and makes you see how true love can survive!
While I think the plot was well-conceived, it was very rushed at the beginning and end. The initial meeting and conversation flew by, so there was enough time for the angst and conflict. The final climatic confrontation was also rushed. This is a novella that could have benefited a lot from being longer, showing more interaction between both men.
I personally struggle with novellas, but I think this is a really excellent read if you’re looking for something short and emotional!