Book Reviews

Again by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-July-2011

Book 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.

Book Review

‘Again’ is a completely captivating, breathtakingly fast-paced, sweet fairy tale of a story. Forget realism, the focus here is on the whirlwind of emotions Noah, the narrator of the story, goes through. I don’t think I took a single breath between the first and last page and I loved every second of it. Mary Calmes masterfully condensed the feelings and events of what could easily have been a novel into the microcosm of a novella and, as a consequence, left me with the same response I always have after a rollercoaster ride: “Again! I want to do this again.” I know re-reading it will never be like the first time, but I bet I’ll discover the little gems of dialogue and scenes I wasn’t even able to take in when I just wanted to know what’s next on the first read.

Following Noah from the breakup through his attempts to put his life back together until he finally runs into Dante again was a fascinating experience. At each stage, his emotions are palpable. The total desolation when Dante leaves him comes through in the first part of the story, which is mostly dialogue. Then he goes numb, pretty much to protect himself, and focuses on Gracie; most of that is told in a few characteristic events. As Dante comes into the picture again, Noah’s emotions are all over the place and most of what happens is dialogue again.

Did I want to smack Dante for staying away and giving up on them? Of course I did! But the explanation he gives makes perfect sense and his behaviour is completely in character. Equally, his reactions when he runs into Noah again, are also totally believable.

In case anyone has missed it: I loved this story. If you’re looking for a fast-paced read with lots of emotions, great characters and a few belly laughs, I can only recommend you give this a try. As long as you read it with a mindset of ‘fairy tale’ I doubt that you’ll be disappointed.

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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 96 pages/20703 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-July-2011
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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