Take Two (Natosha’s Review)

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Title: Take Two
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, actor, professor
Page Count: 251 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Shiver me timbers! When Professor Wesley Coolidge accepts a summer job as a historical consultant to a pirate movie being filmed in North Carolina, the last person he expects to bump into is his soon-to-be-ex, movie star Sander Carson. Just like the flamboyant pirate he’s playing, Sander, aka Sam Carr, is used to getting what he wants, and he makes it clear he wants Wesley back in his life.

Sam acknowledges it’s his fault they split up. He lost Wesley when he left their life in New York City behind for a career in Hollywood. But Wesley has finally managed to put the pieces of his heart back together, and he isn’t interested in Sam and Wesley: The Sequel. Sam soon realizes that convincing Wesley to give their relationship a second chance will take much more than apologies and reminders of good times past. If he wants Wesley back, Sam will have to show Wesley that they really can sail into the sunset together—a real-life happily-ever-after that won’t end once the final credits roll.

Shira Anthony was able to pull off a book that I both liked and irritated me at the same time. It was a very interesting read to say the least.

Wesley in my opinion is kind of wishy-washy. One minute he knows he is still in love with Sam and the next he is steadily trying to convince not only himself but Sam that they need to move on from their marriage and be only friends, if even that. It was really irritating to me. In some ways I could understand why he was being that way. He did not want to jump back into a relationship with Sam and have things not change but I honestly think that their problems was because of both of them and not just one of them. I do not think that either one of them really knew how to communicate with the other and they let their relationship slip through their fingers.

Sam in my opinion was very selfish for most of his and Wesley marriage. And because of thinking only of his career and not about going back home and spending time with his husband, Wesley has filed for a divorce and is trying to move on with his life. I believe that this is the kick that Sam needed to realize just how selfish he ha been and to also realize what is important to him, his husband.

With every idea that Sam has come up with try and win Wesley back it has pretty much back fired and pushed Wesley further away. Sam gets to the point that he realizes that gestures are not going to do it and that he is going to have to opening up and letting Wesley in.

These two men in my opinion have both got a long way to go as far as learning to communicate with one another. They have both shut each other out and then neither in my opinion knew how to let the other back in again. But I do believe that they love one another. I also believe that if they learn to lean on one another instead of just themselves then they have a chance to make their marriage a good, strong one.

I believe this was a good sweet read. I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more books in the future by Shira Anthony.

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Galley copy of Take Two provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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