Book Reviews

The Past Comes Home (Ames Bridge 2) by Silvia Violet

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 03-October-2017

Book Blurb

Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular his brother’s best friend, Brad. Pax now runs a successful art gallery, but he’s never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did.

Brad Watson is back in town for his twentieth high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He’s there for one reason: to finally tell Pax how he feels.

Pax is shocked to learn Brad is not only gay but also interested in him. Dating a man in Ames Bridge isn’t as simple as it sounds, though. In order to make a relationship work, both men will have to bolster their courage and alter their expectations.



First Edition: This book is an expansion of a previously published short story titled 'Open to the Past' by MLR Press, 2013. Over 35,000 words have been added.

Book Review

Paxton Marshall, of Silvia Violet's 'The Past Comes Home', is settled in his home town with his own business. Pax is happy in every aspect of his life except for the love part. Since he was sixteen, Pax has been in love with Brad, his elder brother's straight best friend in high school and, unfortunately, this is causing him a lot of heartache by comparing every man he dates to Brad. This, of course, means that none of them have ever lasted since no one could ever compare to the tall, handsome, perfect in every way Brad. Years later, fate has given him a second chance to be with Brad; but does Pax dare to put his heart out there, to possibly be shattered again.

Brad has been doing a lot of thinking over the years about his sexuality and comes to the conclusion that is feelings for Pax are just as strong as when he was young. Then he was embarrassed and dismayed; he wasn't secure in his sexuality the way Pax was. He's spent years trying to bury his feelings of attraction for Pax and finally decides that he can't do it anymore. He comes home under the guise of attending his twentieth high school class reunion; but he truly has only one thing on his mind, to apologize to Pax for all the years they've lost and show him that he loves him and always has.

The last person Pax expects to see at his door is Brad and the last thing he expects to hear is Brad telling him that he's gay. Even after all these years, he takes his breath away. Pax is overwhelmed by a myriad of feelings both pleasant and unpleasant, as all his defenses he's labored for years to put in place, threaten to crumble. Part of him is thrilled to see Brad and the other part is terrified of being hurt again. If that were to happen, he's afraid he would never recover from the heartbreak. Pax needs time to think, but there isn't much time since he knows that Brad will only be there for a short time. He has this horrendous internal battle weighing all the pros and cons and has almost decided that he can't go through the trauma of possibly losing Brad again when a simple act of kindness tips the scales and makes the decision for him. 

This is an endearing book about receiving a second chance for happiness. I loved the characters, the way it was written, the surprising twists, and the references and songs from the eighties. I'd recommend it to all you romantics like me, for a quick, delightful, and relaxing read. Thanks, Silvia! I truly enjoyed it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 228 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-October-2017
Price $2.99 ebook, $10.49 paperback
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