Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Turning the Page by Andrew Grey

Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of twenty years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson—especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.

Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.

Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a very dark and angsty romance between two mature characters. Malcolm, our leading character, is still grieving the loss of his partner a year earlier. When we meet him, his life is a collection of tedious, mundane facts and motions. And even when he starts to fall for Hans, an action writer ten years younger than himself, Malcolm is plagued with doubt and self-pity.

I really struggled to engage with this book. At first I was critical of the narrative style – all tell and no show until I realised that Malcolm was actually not living beyond the mundane details of his basic existence. So while I understand the reasons for the tedious details of Malcolm’s life, they just weren’t very interesting to read. I understand that grief is monotonous and boring, but I need more from fiction marketed as a romance.

Malcolm becomes a more likeable character as the story moves forward, but he is always a little too blandly good for me. He is a respected leader, a good boss, a great attorney… I kept waiting for something interesting and relatable but it just didn’t happen.

Some of the storyline that focused on Malcolm’s work was interesting with Good Wife/Suits style office intrigue and well developed supporting characters, but the relationship between Malcolm and Hans just didn’t work for me. I wanted Hans to get as far as possible from the whiny, neurotic Malcolm. The younger, adventurous Hans just kept coming back for more ambivalence and insecurity, and while the relationship seemed to help Malcolm, I’m still not sure why Hans stuck around for the weepy nostalgia and self-doubt.

I usually enjoy Andrew Grey’s cowboy and adventure writing but sadly, I didn’t get on with this story.

I almost didn’t finish this book, it was very wordy, over descriptive, and at times boring. I didn’t want to give up because I really wanted to read this book, so I found myself skimming until I got to the dialogue and just reading that. Malcom lost his lover of 20+ years to cancer and hasn’t been able to move on. Hans is writer who needs a little help with the IRS. These two meet at Malcom’s law office but didn’t start dating until after Hans’s business was done with him. These two were great with each other, they both were laid back and loving, and easily read each other’s minds at times. Hans was very understanding about Malcom and his former lover. There were a few drama moments, one seemed unnecessary and the other one was just too much for Malcom to handle. All in all, if you can get past all the excess descriptions, there is a good story underneath.

Characters: Love them both
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

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Turning the Page by Andrew Grey to read and review.

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