Title: New Lease (Second Edition)
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 46
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Wade Porter spent his whole life in the shadow of a lover who doled out snippets of love and time as he saw fit—and who insisted that love stay deep in the closet. But now that man is gone, and Wade finds the oceanside cottage where they spent so many weekends together in the Florida Keys cold and empty. He has come one last time, not even sure he wants to keep living.
To his surprise, the house next door is occupied by another bereaved and lonely man. Kent Walker is an artist of romantic gay paintings who is open to the future—and determinedly interested in Wade. Kent wants to show Wade the beauty in being an openly gay man and the possibilities for a real relationship.
Maybe Kent can help Wade let go of the past and discover a better way to live—and love.
First Edition published in “Two Tickets to Paradise” by Dreamspinner Press, 2012.
New Lease is a short novella set in the Florida Keys. It’s off-season, on a cold and dreary day and the beach is deserted, except for two men each staying in a small cottage on the beach. In one, Wade mourns the death of his long-time closeted lover, Gene. In the other, Kent mourns the death of his partner Seth from cancer. But that’s where the similarities end.
Wade was married Gene’s dirty little secret and has never been to a gay bar, never been part of a community of gay men. Kent celebrates the life he and Seth had and knows that life is waiting to be lived. Can Kent convince Wade to give in to joy, to hope … to life? There’s a beautiful heart to this brief story and although it ends with a HFN, it’s only the beginning of Wade’s journey. A lovely story!
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