Title: You Never Know
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 212
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.
Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.
If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.
While this had all the regular ingredient of a Mary Calmes book, the love interest had very little page time and the second love interest took up waaaaay too much space in this book.
The romance was like we know from a Mary book, very possessive, very MINE MINE MINE, and quite sweet.
But unfortunately Hagen was busy with Ash for most of this book. While I really wanted him to be busy with Mitch, his one true love. Don’t worry, we don’t get on page sex with other people or anything like that, it was more that Ash was trying to persuade Hagen to consider a relationship with him and Hagen kind of went along with it way too long. Most of this book we read about Hagen and Ash, instead of Hagen and Mitch, so I was a bit sad about that.
But that being said I did really like Hagen and Mitch together, and I loved Mitch’s boys. I also loved the possessiveness that was Mitch and how he cared for Hagen (despite the way he treated Hagen in the past. I mostly decided to ignore that part, because otherwise I would be too angry with Mitch to want him and Hagen together).
Despite me liking this book, there was one thing I had a very hard time with. It is mentioned that Mitch’s boys need stability and that’s why they spend 6 months with their father and then 6 months with their mother, who lives across the country. That is the most crazy custody thing I’ve ever read about. That is not a good thing for kids at all. So they what, change schools every 6 months? And it is mentioned that the mother did the parenting alone when Mitch was doing football, so now it was time for her to ‘live’ while Mitch took care of the kids. As a divorced mother of 3 I seriously could not believe that part. One chooses for kids, so you suck it up if it’s not what you expected, you don’t just ‘dump’ them at your ex.
But the Mary formula still sucked me in and if I forget about Ash and the weird arrangement with the kids, this was still pretty good.