Title: First Time, Forever
Author: KC Burn
Cover Artist: Unknown/Harlequin
Publisher: Carina Press
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: 24,000 words
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: A sweet story about two empty-nesters who are trying to rekindle their romance and fighting a Big Misunderstanding to get there.
Derrick and Trevor used to have an incredibly passionate relationship, full of spontaneity and sizzle. Now that their son is off to college, they want to put their days of routine, vanilla sex behind them and bring back some of that spark.
Realizing that they’re empty-nesters, Trevor begins to notice their age difference. He suddenly feels old and unsure of himself, and isn’t confident Derrick still desires him. When Trevor decides to keep his health issues and gray hairs down there to himself, Derrick is hurt by his partner’s secretive behavior and thinks Trevor must be having an affair.
Nothing could be further from the truth, but Trevor doesn’t know how to communicate his fears to his partner. He desperately wants to reconnect with Derrick and rev up their sex life, but will it be enough to reclaim their marital bliss?
I’ve read a number of KC Burn’s books, and have enjoyed them all. Which is why I was very surprised when First Time, Forever did not measure up to her previous novels. The story tells the tale of Derrick and Trevor, a married couple who just dropped their son off at college. Feeling free for the first time in years, the two men hope to explore the steamier side of their sexual relationship now that their son is out of the house. However, misunderstandings, a bad wax job and long work hours might interfere with their plans.
In First Time, Forever, we get 40 year old Trevor, who runs an antique store and his thirtysomething husband, Derrick. In the early days before Trevor’s son (Luke) moved in with them, they were adventurous in the bedroom, then parenthood took over and staid, vanilla lovemaking became the norm. Now that Luke is off at college, both Trevor and Derrick cannot seem to keep their minds off of sex. In fact, all they do is think about sex: tying each other up, spankings, sex on darkly colored sheets. However, there is no actual nookie with Trevor and Derrick in the same room until 91% into the novel. (Although there are a couple of solo sessions with each man.)
I had two main problems with First Time, Forever that stifled my enjoyment of it. First, Derrick and Trevor were walking erections. All they ever did was talk about their boners, hard-ons and how erect they were when thinking about each other. At first, it was enjoyable, but by the time the 10th erectile moment came, I was a little frightened they might have a medical issue. I get that the author was trying to ramp up the UST before the big reunion, but after awhile, I just couldn’t read any more about their penises.
Second, the Big Misunderstanding; which kept Trevor and Derrick from getting it on until much later in the book. It did not work for me. Yes, the bad wax job that Trevor got that prevented him having sex with Derrick in the back yard was funny, but everything else seemed too dramatic and I wanted them just to sit down and TALK with each other and get their relationship issues sorted out — which they did 88% into the book.
For me, what could have been a fun, sexy romp of two men re-exploring each other and their sexuality turned into a cliché of the Big Misunderstanding plot to keep them apart. While First Time, Forever is well-written and edited, it was not in my estimation KC Burn’s best work (I think Cop Out is.) Now, I really wavered between 2.75 and 3 stars for this review, but in the end this May-December romance’s slow pacing, constant repetition and raging boners ultimately dragged the rating down for me.
Available March 19, 2012.