Turning the Page (PIU’s Review)

Turning the Page.Title: Turning the Page
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 19th August, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Loss, Second Chance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of twenty years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson—especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.

Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.

Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.

”Turning the Page” by Andrew Grey is a second chance/healing romance. It’s the journey of Malcolm Webber trying to cope with his life and grief after the death of his long time partner and eventually finding love again.

Malcolm is in mourning after he loses his long time partner, David to cancer. Even after almost two years, Malcolm is still struggling to settle in the reality that David is no longer in his life. He wallows in his misery by drowning himself in work. Malcolm is now a mere shadow of the man he once was. He is not sure that if he can ever come out of his grief and move on. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Hans Erikson. Hans comes to Malcolm as a client and Malcolm’s broken heart starts to beat again. Hans is a writer and Malcolm is a fan, but there is more than admiration for a “favourite author” in play when Malcolm is near him. Malcolm is surprised to realise that he is attracted to Hans which he believed would never happen after David. Hans is interested in him too but Malcolm’s insecurities create a huge wall between them. Malcolm now has a second chance to fall in love and move on from his past but before he can do any of that, he needs to break down his wall of insecurities and trust Hans to love him for who really is to finally get his HEA for the second time.

This read was quite angsty and very sad at times. Malcolm is shown as struggling something fierce to let go of David. He struggles with letting Hans into his life as he believes that liking Hans equals to cheating on David somehow. There was always an undertone of loss and sadness in this read. I get that mourning is not fun and entertaining but Malcolm just kept on living in his past and tried very little to accept Hans or appreciating the man’s effort in being patient and so very understanding with him. Malcolm is a fifty something tax lawyer and though I understood his insecurities about getting involved with a man who is younger and more outgoing than him, I still felt that he was being a little unreasonable and whiny most of the time.

Hans Erickson is an outgoing, adventure loving man. I liked his compassion and how understanding and patient he is with Malcolm. He too has lost someone close to him to cancer and he gets the pain which Malcolm is going through. So all in all, I liked Hans a lot. I felt really bad when he is rejected and left in the lurch, time and time again by Malcolm. Malcolm’s treatment of Hans made me dislike Malcolm’s character many times. I could not feel the love and passion between them. I had a difficult time trying to justify Malcolm’s behaviour and Hans’s attraction to Malcolm. Their relationship felt off and a lot bland.

I am a fan of Andrew Grey’s work but this book did not strike a positive/loving chord with me. I won’t say I disliked Malcolm but I did not like him either.

Bottom line, you may like this read if you can get over the overly bland and sad atmosphere it paints.

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Review copy of Turning the Page provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.