Book Reviews

Never Let You Go (Forever Yours 2) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-September-2017

Book Blurb

Friends since they met in school, Ashton and Brighton soon become much more. Ash and his aunt are Brighton’s haven away from his mess of a family, and when Ash enlists in the Army, Brighton learns to endure his long absences and eagerly awaits his return from missions.

 

Until one day Ash doesn’t come back, and Brighton thinks his greatest fear has come true.

 

Months pass and Brighton grieves for Ash, not knowing that a terrible misunderstanding sent Ash running, unable to cope when he thought Brighton had betrayed him. Even after an emotional reunion, their relationship isn’t the same—Brighton is now responsible for his young niece, and he’s having a hard time rediscovering the trust he once had in Ash. Ash must still tend to his mental health, but before he can, he’ll have to deal with a past secret that puts all their lives at risk. With so many forces determined to tear them apart, can Brighton and Ash hold on to each other and never let go?

 

Book Review

Lovers separated by fate then kept apart because of a misunderstanding, only describes a very small part of the heartache Ash and Brighton go through in this emotional story – and it’s a very inaccurate description at that. So I’ll try to do better: Ash and Brighton are soul mates who met when they were twelve, they were separated when Ash became an Army Ranger and was taken prisoner, and when Ash finally gets back, physically and mentally broken, he sees Brighton with another man and a little girl. Brighton, for his part, still thinks Ash is dead – the Army has kept the entire episode under wraps and has not told anyone anything. Can you imagine what it’s like when they finally do get everything out in the open? But that’s only the start of their harrowing journey back to a relationship both crave with all their hearts, yet can’t seem to make happen.

Ash “returns from the dead” in more than one way. He has been through hell, been tortured for months, and has a hard time even remembering who he is, never mind recovering from his ordeal. The one thing that got him through an imprisonment that left him with PTSD and a severe limp, is his love for Brighton. So when he returns to their hometown and thinks he sees Brighton with another man, Ash’s world collapses. But his elderly Aunt Petey needs his help, and she is probably the only reason Ash even makes it through the rest of his recovery, but it isn’t easy. And when he finally confronts Brighton and finds out the truth, things don’t get all that much easier. But at least he has a goal now, and above all – hope.
 
Brighton has grieved for Ash for a year and a half by the time he finds out Ash is still alive, but he is still not over him. The friendship they shared before they became lovers and his deep love for the man he knows is the other half of him stop him from moving on, no matter what everyone tells him. Brighton is now taking care of his deceased sister’s young daughter, Violet, has his parents on his back about being gay and how they’d be the better people to raise her, and has to deal with trying to make ends meet financially. Understanding who the man is that Ash has become and learning to trust again is quite a tall order… but Brighton can’t really see an alternative.

As it turns out, meeting again and dealing with their issues isn’t the only obstacle in Ash and Brighton’s path. Ash’s past comes back to haunt him even further, and the suspense and danger had me breathless more than once. Above all, much like ‘Can’t Live Without You’, the first book in this series, ‘Never Let You Go’ is a beautiful love story, an ode to never giving up hope for a happy ending, and a heart-wrenching tale about dealing with pain and loss that shows how the most important things in life sometimes require hard work. Ash and Brighton are complicated, yet wonderful characters, and Aunt Petey and Violet, as well as a whole cast of other secondary characters, added a lot of color to their story.

If you like stories about dealing with trauma and very real danger, if you want to see two men reunited after having been separated by military secrets and brutal terrorists, and if you’re looking for a read that is as deeply emotional as it is romantic, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. Ash and Brighton’s happy ending certainly doesn’t come easy but is so very well deserved!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/60018 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-September-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/never-let-you-go-by-andrew-grey-8834-b