Turning the Page (Steph’s Review)


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Title: Turning the Page
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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.

Malcolm Webber, a fiftyish year old Tax Attorney had everything going for him. A promising future as a senior partner at his law firm, an amazing husband of twenty years and wonderful friends and family. Unfortunately, sometimes life veers off course and changes your life forever.

Cancer. That one event is what turned Malcolm’s life upside-down in a blink of an eye. Even over a year after loosing David, his husband, Malcolm is going through the motions of life just trying to get by. That is until Hans Erickson walks into his office seeking help due to a letter from the IRS seeking back payment. However, what he notices are his eyes. Then he realizes that Hans is ‘The Hans Erickson’, one of his favorite authors. Even though for that one moment things seemed better, he shrugs it off and turns back to the monotony of his life. It eventually takes bumping into Hans while he and is bother Peter at a restaurant, for is life to finally change.

Most of the book deals with their relationship and the self-doubt Malcolm experiences throughout. Even with the ten-year age gap, a scare and a crazy person, they eventually find their HEA.

I absolutely love stories about second chances. I like how the characters experience a great loss of some sort, but eventually find their way back again. It seems to give out hope in a world that is very uncertain at the best of times. Not to mention, I do enjoy reading a book written by Andrew Grey. Unfortunately, this book didn’t really do it for me. I am not saying that is wasn’t good, it just didn’t suck me in. I really didn’t feel the loss that Malcolm felt, nor the eventual chemistry between him and Hans. I felt like the relationship between the two went at warp speed. Maybe if there was more background given to the two MC’s and David, Malcom’s deceased husband, I would have enjoyed the pace a lot better. That and maybe the tug on my heart-strings….


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

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I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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