Dating in Retrospect (Ariel’s Review)

Title: Dating in Retrospect (States of Love)
Author: Lila Leigh Hunter
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 107
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Giving the commencement speech at his alma mater doesn’t fit Clay Keller’s meticulous schedule. As Chief Executive Officer of Travel Mogul—the largest travel connoisseur company on the West Coast—he has no time to get back in touch with his country roots. He left fifteen years ago without a second look, but a medical scare makes him change his mind about the speech and brings him face-to-face with his only regret.

Time always moves slower in Southeastern Iowa, and Aaron Grant loves it. He’s added solar farms to the Grant Lanes portfolio and has been teaching at the local university for a decade. The last thing he needs is to have his tenure application compromised by the return of his ex-boyfriend. If he had known who the commencement speaker would be, he would never have volunteered to be the administration liaison.

A proposal—to date for a year—will help them discover that time changes a person, even when everything else stays the same.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

A Forever Love

15 years is a long time, but these lovers get reunited at a commencement ceremony at their old College.

They promised to spend the rest of their lives together, but one runs off to California (Clay) and the other (Aaron) stays to take care of the family farm and to eventually become a professor at their college. They are reunited when the college asks Clay to come and give a speech at the commencement ceremony. They have a rocky start, but Clay is determined to win Aaron back. Clay asks Aaron for a year to prove to him that they belong together and that they can make it together. Aaron gives in and thus starts the series of dates. Clay plans all these different dates at different locations and woos Aaron.

The attraction is still there, even after 15 years. Aaron resists it, but little by little Clay chips away at the hard shell that Aaron erected after Clay left for California.

Reunions, Second Chances, and getting back the one that got away. This is the theme of this story. If this interests you and you love Midwest locations with an HEA ending, then give this book a try.

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