Dev Bentham Guest Post: Second Chances?

Gay Book Reviews is honored to welcome Dev Bentham to the site today chatting about second chances…

Do we all deserve a second chance?

Buyout—A Love Story is a novella about two men who’ve been estranged for a dozen years and need to decide whether to give each other a second chance. The book has me thinking about what we need to do to get another shot. There’s an adage that everyone deserves a second chance but I’m not sure that’s true.

I love stories about forgiveness and redemption. And yet, my heart didn’t go all squishy when my good friend asked me whether she should get back together with her mean ex. But then, I don’t think he deserves another chance. Maybe because she’s already given him a few of those. Or maybe because second chances are something we earn, not something we’re given.

What needs to happen before someone deserves the benefit of the doubt? I think clearly part of the answer is that they need to change the old behavior that broke the relationship in the first place. Because otherwise it’s the very definition of insanity—against all logic, expecting that this time the same actions will produce a different result. Sincere remorse is another requirement. And time.

And maybe there are some things that you just can’t get past. If I had an affair, my sweetheart might forgive me. If I had an affair with his sister or his best friend, that might be too much. A little spending issue, maybe he’d believe me when I said I was sorry. But not so much if I gambled away the house.

But given enough time and the desire to change, people can grow out of bad behaviors. I believe in redemption and forgiveness, I really do.
Just not in every case.

How about you? Are you a fan of second chances? Are they deserved or should they be earned?

Title: Buyout – A Love Story
Author: Dev Bentham
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 69
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Blurb:

Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.

When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease?

Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.

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Meet the author:

Dev Bentham
I write contemporary gay romance. My characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know they’re looking for true love, but when they meet their bershert, their true love, their lives are transformed. My stories are set in the real world where gay men have gay friends, families who do or don’t accept them, personal histories they’re not necessarily proud of and a myriad of experiences that have made them who they are.

I live in Northern Wisconsin with my Boston Terrier and Chicago spouse. I’ve published short stories, poetry, newspaper articles and academic papers and have worked in nearly every profession from restaurants to retail to open-water diving and now write m/m romance out of my fascination with love, courage and gender.

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