Always Another Side (Renée’s review)

Always Another SideTitle: Always Another Side
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Length: 167 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  3.5 flames out of 5
Rating:   4.1 stars out of 5


Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.

Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?

Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.

Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.

Annabelle Jacobs is a new-to-me author, and this always makes me a little wary. I needn’t have been. I was pleasantly surprised by this lovely story. Always Another Side is the story of two men, both burned previously by love, and at a point in their lives where it seems daunting to start over.

Jack is 40 and is recently out of a 16 year relationship with a scumbag, though he thought he’d be with the scumbag forever.

Tyler is 36 and is recently out of a relationship where he got particularly burned by reading all of the signs…..wrong. He just wants to find love and settle down.

The most refreshing thing about this story is that it is ALL about the relationship. There is no side plot, no external drama. It’s rare that this happens, and I love it!

Jack and Tyler are set up by mutual friends on a blind date that both are reluctant to go on. But they do and are grudgingly surprised that they get on well. And the story goes from there. It’s lovely in its simplicity – it’s the Jack and Tyler show. 100%.

I’d recommend and I’d read this author again!


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I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.
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