Book Reviews

Saying Goodbye at Ocean Isle by Kimberly Hunter at Evernight Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-November-2012

Book Blurb

What would you do if you lost the love of your life?

What would you do when you finally had to let them go?

And what would you do if you were given a second chance at love?

For Laine Abernathy and Sean Pike, losing their lovers in tragic accidents was devastating. But over a year later, Laine has realized that holding on to the past is futile. Sean’s not ready yet to say goodbye. Deep inside, he knows he should. Unfortunately, the mind is willing but the heart isn’t.

Through grief and sadness, the two form a bond that develops into much more over the course of a month long stay at Ocean Isle Beach.

Then a night of passion sends Sean running. Thinking he’d pushed too hard, Laine returns to his life, disappointed and down. He’d shared something with Sean he never thought to have again.

Three months later, Laine receives a text. “Meet me at Ocean Isle. Need to say goodbye.”

Is his chance for happiness gone before it even begins? Or will two broken hearts finally be mended? There’s only one way to find out...

Book Review

It is never easy to get over the loss of a lover, whether you were there when it happened, like Sean had to go through in this story, or whether the one you love died thousands of miles away, like it happened to Laine. Both men try to deal with it in their own way, and both have real issues with moving on. I was swept away by their grief in the first half of the book, and one thing was clear: if anyone could help them get over the loss while understanding the other's problem, it was these two.

Nevertheless, as "ideal" as this seemed, it also had one inherent flaw: people move on at different speeds, and while Laine had said his final good-bye, Sean wasn't quite ready yet. The fact that he thought he was and tried to move on too early caused him to have a relapse and almost cost him everything.

This is not a fun book to read. It deals with loss and grief, and the healing process Sean and Laine go through. But it is deeply emotional and does show how difficult it can be to move on. The small silver lining that shows up at the end of the book was just enough for me to take a deep breath and hope for the best. If you like stories that deal with serious life-changing loss, if men struggling to figure out how they can possibly go on are what you're looking for, and if you've got a huge box of tissues ready to deal with your own potentially teary-eyed response, you will probably like this book.  




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-September-2012
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