A dear friend, Leighton Rose has published her first novel, Back to You. A first in the Second Chances series, set in Nebraska.
Alex Parker thinks the best way to save himself and his boyfriend, Tyler Matthews, from any more pain is to leave him and his hometown behind. He finally settles down in Texas and as they both try to move on, it seems like a lost cause.
A tragic turn of events causes Alex to drop everything and head back to Nebraska where he winds up face-to-face with Tyler for the first time since he left two years ago. The spark of attraction is still there, but will these two now grown men be able to overcome the years of guilt, hurt, and broken trust without breaking the bonds of friendship they’ve formed during their time apart in order to get their second chance at love? Only time will tell if their hearts can find their way back to each other.
I’m not new to M/M fiction, and I mostly find it more emotional than a straight story. It might be the time we’re living in, it might be that there’s something special about men loving each other to the point of desperation, or it might be something else. I’m not going to overthink it.
Alex and Tyler love each other passionately. They’ve loved each other for over a year and have ignored, for the most part, the constant fighting. Their sizzling chemistry made it easy to overlook the situation. Up until Alex has had enough and left.
Devastated and broken, Tyler is abstaining, for all intents and purposes from other men, relationships and becomes somewhat of a hermit. Alex, on the other hand, while heartbroken himself (albeit by his own hands) shortly after arriving in his destination, starts a sexual relationship with a a sweet man.
After 2 years apart, Alex is brought back to Tyler by fate, right when the latter is beginning to move on.
The story is beautiful and very emotional. While I couldn’t identify on almost any level with the MCs, I did find their circumstances heartbreaking and could realistically understand Alex’s decision to leave. I think differentiating Alex and Tyler’s voices better would’ve helped with the flow and I missed a little bit more plot depth.
I think this was a great debut for Leighton, and I’m looking forward to the next Second Chances title.