To Live Again, by L.A. Witt
Series: The Distance Between Us, Book 6 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Greg Douglas’s wife surprised him with an early 25th anniversary gift: a divorce. Staying with friends Ethan and Rhett seems like a good idea, just until he gets back on his feet. The guys have an even better idea to take his mind off his troubles—take him out to explore the other half of his bisexuality.
After a quarter century suppressing his hidden desires, he’s not waiting any longer. Especially not after laying eyes on the gorgeous deejay at Wilde’s.
Deejay and single dad Sailo Isaia isn’t looking for anything serious. He’s definitely not out to be a sexual teacher, never mind to a man almost two decades his senior. But as Greg gets the hang of having a male lover, Sailo can’t help himself. They both keep coming back for more. And more. And more.
But a few nagging questions hold Sailo back from giving his whole heart. Is this just Greg’s midlife crisis and rebound fling? Or a chance to fill that empty space—forever—for both Sailo and his beloved son?
This is a novel about a man exploring his long-buried bisexuality after divorcing his wife of more than two decades, and it was fantastic. L.A. really covers all of the bases here: characters who are older, age differences, and the confusion and nervousness that comes with new sexual encounters!
This is a really unique novel because it deals with a significant age difference between the two characters, both of whom are older**. And one of the things I particularly enjoyed was how L.A. dealt with Greg’s newfound freedom; he does jump right in to new things, but it’s still made clear that he hasn’t entirely let go of the past. Old habits die hard, and L.A. is a gem for including that… it makes Greg so much more realistic!
The novel fell a bit flat for me with Sailo’s character. He’s so intriguing, but we see very little of him because Greg narrates the story. He’s Polynesian, but we never see how that influences his character beyond his tattoos. That’s my one regret in this novel… Sailo was a cardboard character who only served to make Greg’s story more interesting.
L.A. writes riveting novels that are always well written, and I definitely enjoyed To Live Again! It includes plot lines that romance novels generally shy away from, and I was very pleased with deftly L.A. handled them!
** in the summary it says that Greg is two decades older than Sailo, but in the novel it’s established that Greg is 47, and Sailo 37. Not sure if this is a typo that will later be fixed in the final copy.
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…
For more about L.A. Witt, please visit her Website (http://www.gallagherwitt.com) and her Blog (http://gallagherwitt.blogspot.com). Don’t forget to check her out on Facebook and Twitter (@GallagherWitt) as well!
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.