Title: One More Time (Love, Vegas Style #3)
Author: Ethan Stone
Release Date: February 25th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 51 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
NOTE: This story was formerly part of the multi-author anthology Uniform: A Man in Uniform MM Bundle.
Small town cop Will Jacoby is comfortable in his life, or so he thinks. When he realizes that Brannon Frost, his neighbor and friend, has grown into a handsome young man, he’s confused by his interest. Things get even more messed up in Will’s head when Brannon kisses him.
A man would know he’s gay before the age of thirty, right?
When Brannon’s father dies, Will steps up and becomes the friend Brannon needs. Soon Will is no longer able to deny his feelings for the young man, even though it could damage his carefully constructed life and career.
Thirty year old Officer William Jacoby moved to Mesquite, Nevada years ago after a four year stint with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and he likes his quiet life in Mesquite. Not much happens, and after dealing with punk gangbangers in Vegas, he likes it that way. One of the highlights of his day is his neighbor’s kid, Brannon Frost, coming to talk, swim and play around with him every night after his shift.
The two met when Brannon was just thirteen, and their friendship has grown over the years. When Brannon turns eighteen he approaches Will and lets him know of his interest.
At first Will is just confused. One, he’s always identified as a straight man, and two, even if he weren’t the difference between eighteen and thirty is huge. Will puts some distance between the two while he tries to sort out his own feelings.
When Brannon’s father dies though, Will steps up and becomes the rock that Brannon needs. When their relationship evolves into romance Will realizes that he doesn’t want to lose Brannon and rolls with it.
This is a May/December, low angst romance and coming of age story. It highlights that there’s always something we can learn about ourselves no matter how old we are.
I would have preferred to see more time with Brannon and Will as a couple, perhaps an epilogue giving them a more solid HEA and finding out whthe repercussions, if any, with Will’s job and Brannon’s decision for school, etc. At the end of the day, I just felt like it was unfinished and I longed to know more about the couple.
Note: I kept flashing back to Marie Sexton’s One More Soldier, which Ethan Stone explains in the beginning is because that story was based on Stone’s original idea for this story and used with his permission. However, that was a historical story without an HEA, and Stone’s One More Time is a contemporary romance with an HFN.
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