Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Never Too Late by J.P. Bowie

Knocking fifty isn’t bad enough? Jared Haas gets a double whammy when his doc tells him he needs a hip replacement. Can a hunky but too young paramedic smooth the way to recovery?

Jared Haas isn’t happy. On his own for more than two years after his partner of twenty years, Daniel, died, he’s knocking fifty and now his athleticism is threatened by, of all things, a hip replacement. How to make a guy feel really old! At least there’s eye candy nearby in the very nice shape of Steve Forrest, a hunky paramedic who is willing to take more than just a professional interest in Jared’s welfare. The problem is, in Jared’s opinion, he’s too young.

Steve is persistent, though, telling Jared that the difference in their ages isn’t ‘the Grand Canyon of time’. His good looks and sweet nature, not to mention his patience in waiting for Jared to heal before making his move, eventually wear Jared down, and the first time they make love, Jared knows he is lost in lust. Something he never thought possible.

Their idyll is shaken when Daniel’s brother shows up unexpectedly and declares his love for Jared. David has left his wife and his job back in Seattle ready to move in with Jared and claim him as his own. To say Jared is taken aback by this strange turn of events is putting it mildly. How can he tell David he’s completely delusional without breaking his heart?

Here’s another situation Jared never thought he’d have to deal with, only this one isn’t nearly as pleasant, and might prove to be the end of his relationship with both men.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 heart-warming stars.

Never too Late was a comforting novella, with swift pacing and a warm and fluffy storyline that had unexpected depth in so few pages.

Jared is a forty-nine-year-old widower, whose almost-husband of 25 years had passed away two years ago from cancer. The mature architect may not look his age, but he's surely feeling older than he should. His hips are causing him trouble, and he's diagnosed with needing a replacement. Between thinking he is old, feeling old, now he's insecure that everyone else will see him as old as well.

Jared doesn't harp on this, but it was refreshing to see a mature male character with mature thoughts, actions, and behaviors. Slightly insecure, Jared already had a lifetime of love, and doesn't expect to ever love another, nor is he looking for it, especially at his age.

In walks Steve, a paramedic in his mid-thirties who is persistent enough to drive right through all of Jared's hesitation. While the story is definitely insta-lust, it's not in the way one would think. They are attracted to one another, which is within reason. With the hip replacement surgery, it's not like they could act on the insta-lust for many weeks to come. So there is a slow-building of the relationship as well.

I enjoyed Never too Late, and found it exactly as it was meant to be. However, I do believe the blurb itself gives the entire plot away, and I hope it gets revised. While I like to know a bit about what to expect in the pages, I don't want it all written out for me before I begin.

Recommended for MM romance fans who want a warm, comforting, sexy few hours of escapism.

I don't know if this is the start of a series – it isn't listed as such – but I would be curious to read more from this cast of characters.

Super short, perfect for a rainy day or a day at the beach. Honestly the blurb gives away almost the entire short story so there isn’t really anything that I need to tell you that you can’t find out from reading that. I means seriously, I could rewrite the blurb for you in my own words but I won’t. It was short, sweet, and worth the read.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: No
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

This is a sweet, short read with some definite heat between the sheets. It dealt with some interesting issues of age, unwanted and unrequited passion, and inventive post-surgery care. It flowed well, even when it went into memory or day dream mode. It was a little odd that the blurb pretty much revealed everything, so that I knew what was going to happen – it reminded me why I usually avoid them.

Overall an enjoyable way to spend an evening, thank you Mr. Bowie.

J.P. Bowie was born in Scotland and toured British theatres in numerous musical shows including Stephen Sondheim's Company.

Emigrated to the States and worked in Las Vegas, Nevada for the magicians Siegfried and Roy as their Head of Wardrobe at the Mirage Hotel. Currently living in Henderson, Nevada.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Never Too Late by J.P. Bowie to read and review.

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