Title: Clean Slate
Author: Heidi Champa
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 30, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, friends to lovers, second chances, starting over
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Wes Green keeps everyone at arm’s length, either by pushing buttons or simply pushing them away. When that doesn’t work, Wes runs, as far and as fast as he can. This time, bolting from his boyfriend also costs him his professional organizing job. His last resort is to retreat to his brother’s basement and try to pick up the pieces. The only bright spot in his new life is his niece, Kelsey.
One day, while in Kelsey’s school drop-off line, he meets Sam Montgomery, the father of Maya, Kelsey’s best friend. When Wes finds out Sam is gay and interested in some no-strings-attached fun, Wes thinks he’s hit the jackpot. With boundaries firmly in place, keeping Sam at a distance should be easy.
What starts out simple quickly gets complicated when fun turns to feelings between Wes and Sam. But the baggage both men carry threatens to stop things before they start. Can Wes stay put long enough to find real love, or will old habits be too hard to break?
This was a good read about learning to forgive ones self about things that are out of your control and about things that you messed up on in the past.
Wes is carrying the baggage of his sister dying and him being the one that was driving rule his life. He never got over the grief of losing his sister and has let it manifest in to him pushing anyone and everyone that gets close to him away. Or he runs the first chance that he gets.
When he leaves his current boyfriend he runs right to his brothers house for sanctuary. The last thing he ever expected is to find the man that was going to eventually make him feel like he may not need to run anymore and that he is willing to take a chance on.
When Sam and Wes start seeing each other it is under the guise of friends with benefits only but what they have between them soon becomes clear that it is so much more then that.
Everything seems to be coming together for both of the men until Mya, Sam’s daughter, and Kelsey, Wes’s niece, lie and say that they found the joint that they was busted with in Wes’s stuff. Immediately everyone believed the worst of Wes and turned their backs on him including Sam.
When the truth comes out about where it came from the damage is done and Wes has decided that it is once again time for a new start but this time away from his family also. Sam wants Wes to give him a second chance and the benefit of trying to make up for all the hurtful things that he said to Wes but Wes is not receptive to it. Will Sam be able to convince Wes to give him a second chance or is things well and truly over Between them?
This was a good read about learning to trust. About learning to forgive. About learnignto let others into their heart. It really upset me how it seemed everyone turned on Wes so easily and believed the worst of him. I really felt sorry for him and I hurt for him. It was nice to see when everyone realized how badly they messed up that they tried to make it up to Wes but I still felt that they was all harsh on him especially since it was obvious that Wes was really changing.