Title: Never Too Late
Author: Sloan Johnson
Series: Home in the Heartland, #1
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Genre(s): m/m Gay-for-you / Second Chances
Page Count: 210 pages
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I’ve been told, it’s only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.
Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.
Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.
I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?
Never Too Late by Sloan Johnson is a wonderful love story. Dax was injured in an accident; However, the accident has given him a second chance at life. After accepting a teaching job in a small town he inadvertently meets Michael after finding Michael’ son Jagger lost in the local hardware store. First impressions are they are Dax thinks Michael is not parent of the year, so easily losing his son. A short time later while working on his house,Dax hears a familiar voice coaxing Jagger to jump. Investigation shows that a few houses down, Dax meets his neighbor Michael again who’s son Jagger is now stuck in a tree. After getting the little boy out of the tree Dax and Michael start talking and their relationship begins. As the two settle into a friendship with Dax helping to babysit Jagger while a Michael works nights at a bar, Dax begins to have feelings for Michael — But, he doesn’t think they will ever be returned.
The school year begins and Dax starts teaching, he of course has Jagger as a student. Meanwhile Michael confesses to Dax he has feelings for him, he wants him, he needs him. The two agree to take their relationship to the next level, Dax deferring to Michaels speed of progression. Michael is revved to go and they go from 0-60 in 6.0 seconds!
In addition to a change in their relationship, Dax starts making friends of his own — one is Michael’s former best friend Justin and one night out after school with Justin unveils a history that rocks Dax to his core. When Dax confronts Michael their ability to continue their relationship or not hinges on Michael’s honesty.
I loved watching Dax and Michael fall in love, watching Michael fight to prove his feelings were real and they weren’t wrong. It was great watching Dax heal and learn that he was given a second chance at life, that it was never too late to live again! It was fun watching Michael and Dax’s friends, Matt & Justin — now I can’t wait for their book!! Great book with the perfect amount of angst, lots of good emotion, some hot scenes between the sheets, and a HEA!
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