Again

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Title and Link: Again
Author: Mary Calmes
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length:  96 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A guest review by Lasha

 

 

Summary Review: A fun Harlequin-esque reunion story of ex-lovers who still have a lot of unfinished business that quickly won me over.

THE BLURB

Six years ago, Noah Wheeler went to meet his boyfriend, Dante Cerreto, at the airport, and his world ended. Dante was kissing someone else and claimed to be in love. So Noah took his heartbreak—and the sonogram pictures of their surrogate child—and closed the door on the big picture of what he thought his life would be, focusing instead on the piece of the dream he got to keep, being a father.

Now on vacation in Las Vegas, Noah accidentally runs into the Cerreto family, and then the man himself, and learns that not only was he deceived, but Dante was as well. Now Dante wants to make up for lost time, six years’ worth, and to do that he needs Noah, the only man he’s ever loved, and Grace, the daughter he didn’t know he had, to give him a chance at happiness. Dante’s going to have to take a crash course in communication and seduction, though. Noah’s not going to fall in love just to be broken again.

 

THE REVIEW

 

Normally, I like Mary Calmes’ books and Again was no exception. This novella follows a typical Harlequin-esque plot of former lovers reunited years later and surprise: we have a baby together! Now considering the fact that Noah and Dante are both men, their daughter is obtained through a surrogate (Noah’s sister), but it still adheres to that tried and true romance plot. (Did I happen to mention before I love romance novel cliches/tropes?) So if you are like me and love reunion stories with a kid twist, I think you will enjoy Again.

 

What Worked for Me

Noah. He is a great character. After the Big Misunderstanding that separated Dante and him nearly six years ago, he didn’t just sit around pining for his ex-husband. He got on with his life, raised their daughter and started dating. New boyfriend’s name: Keith. When Dante and him have their surprise reunion meeting in Las Vegas – Noah was there for a friend’s wedding – he is not a shrewish ex who hates Dante. He’s moved on and accepted Dante left him for a woman. He’s over his ex, or so he thinks.

Dante. He’s gorgeous, charming, funny and an all-around great guy. (This is a Mary Calmes’ character, you did not expect anything less, did you? *g*) I liked that once Dante decided he wanted Noah and his daughter back he went to any length to make that happen. The Big Misunderstanding that broke them up is quickly resolved and Dante just wants back the love of his life and is not going to let a little thing like a new boyfriend to stop him. (I thought the Keith, Noah and Dante scenes were hysterically “awesome.”)

Keith. Ms. Calmes doesn’t make him into a jerk really. He’s a flawed guy who truly cared for Noah and his daughter, but had some issues, which Dante exploits the hell out of. So it was no surprise who won Noah in the end.

Grace. Cute kid, non-annoying and for a story with a child in it, that is important to me.

Dante’s extended family. The Cerretos are warm, welcoming and amazing secondary characters. I only wished they were in more of the novel.

 

What Didn’t Work For Me

The Big Misunderstanding (through the actions of a third party) that kept Dante and Noah apart for nearly six years and Dante out of his daughter’s life. I know in these type of plots, there has to be some time and distance for the kid to grow up and the couple to reunite, but the misunderstanding didn’t seem realistic and if these men had just communicated with each other, some issues could have been resolved years ago.

Other than that, I really enjoyed Again, and it quickly joins the Warder series as my favorite Mary Calmes book. It had a fun plot, great banter between the two main protagonists and wonderful secondary characters. It was a light romp that reminded me of my Harlequin Romance reading days. Recommended if you like this type of book.

 

9 thoughts on “Again

  1. Larissa

    This sounds like a story to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon with ice cream and a blankie on the couch!

    Nice review. Sometimes these stories just work and make you al mushy inside!

  2. rdafan7

    I like Mary’s work so I will be checking this book out, Thanks for the review!

    Also, the BM doesn’t bother me like it does some readers, it all depends on how the author uses it I suppose….

  3. Linda C

    I loved the story. It’s a comfort story for me that holds up to rereading whenever I want to feel better. The characters are great. I believe the author will be revisiting them and I’ll be waiting, credit card in hand.

  4. Pea

    I like Mary Calmes’ work a great deal, but I have to admit that the BM really bothered me a lot in this one – how big it was built up and then, from that height, how quickly it was demolished. I found it hard to get past that, although I liked Noah and Grace was portrayed sympathetically albeit (as one with a child of a similar age in the house) a bit _too_ angelically.

    1. Lasha

      Maybe because I loved reading about the same situation in m/f mainstream romances that this BM didn’t bother me as much.

      The kid was cute and maybe a temper tantrum would have helped portray them more realistically…but I kind of like my fictional children to be perfect. :)

  5. Enny

    Sorry, but this story wasn’t my cup of tea at all. Dante, the steamroller, and Noah, the doormat, got on my nerves big times and I’m not a fan of the Big Gay Misunderstanding either.

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