Title: You Never Know
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 212
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.
Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.
If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.
If you know me at all, you know that MC is my crack. But when she throws in the second-chance-at-love trope? I’m all
Hagen and Mitch were high school sweethearts, out and proud as you can be as a teenager. Since Mitch was a year older, he left for college sooner, while they planned for Hagen to join him a year later. But things didn’t turn out that way.
Hagen is now firmly planted in their home town, and in his mid-30s. He has a casual fuck buddy relationship going with Ash, a growing Hollywood star, and he hasn’t seen Mitch since he left for college all those years ago. That’s about to change.
Mitch moves back to town with his two sons in tow. And he deeply regrets ending things with Hagen all those years ago. He’s never forgotten his first love, and knows that he is still meant to spend the rest of his life with him.
Hagen tries really hard to resist Mitch. There is a lot of push and pull, and I ate it up. I loved that Hagen made Mitch work for it. But with all the push and pull, I still don’t think Mitch groveled enough. He said he’s sorry a hundred times, but I think I was just never satisfied with Mitch’s reasons for the original breakup. And so I didn’t get to see his epiphany of kicking his own ass, either. I wanted more there.
Aside from that, this is everything we love from MC. Possessiveness, great character development, and the MC just giving in to his feelings already.
The steam was lighter than usual in this one, but it matched well with how the story unfolded, so I can’t complain too much.
A solid Calmes story. I liked it a lot! (Pssssst……and there’s no guns or peacoats, gasp!)