New Orleans Second Lines

Title: New Orleans Second Lines
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 2nd edition
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, 2 stories in 1, second chance at love, best friends to lovers
Page Count: 255 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Matt and Lane grew up together, best friends, sharing almost all their secrets. But on the last day of college, those secrets spilled in one night of passion and tore them apart, sending Matt to the West Coast and Lane home to New Orleans.

Now, Hurricane Katrina is set to destroy New Orleans. This might be the worst time to try for a second chance, but nothing can keep Matt from Lane. The man he let get away.

For Lane, no hurricane can pry him from the city, especially without Sebastian. The older man has been a dear friend and his landlord since Lane returned from college. Sebastian refuses to flee, preferring to stay in his Creole cottage in the French Quarter and ride out the storm.

Sebastian’s life becomes intertwined with Lane’s, as Matt finds out when he’s drawn into capturing Sebastian’s memoirs of being gay in New Orleans. The elder gentleman’s stories are full of surprises and lessons for the young men.

The most important ones Sebastian teaches them—and himself—are that second chances don’t come along often, and you’re never too old to fall in love.

First Edition published as Pinky Swear, Pioneers, and C’est La Vie by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010.

This is one of those books that is two books combined and intertwined into one incredible read that is sooooo inspiring.

This book starts out with two boys who are best friends that grow up. They do everything together including going to college. The problem is one of those boys is in love with the other and the other has no clue what so ever. Lane thinks that he will never stand a chance with Matt because even after he finally grew enough guts to admit to Matt that he too is also gay, Matt still kept up with his playboy ways.

That all changes for both men just a couple of nights after they graduate college and Matt not only misses Lane for the first time but takes Lanes virginity. That would not be a bad thing if not for the fact that Matt ran away in the middle of the night and left Lane to believe that he regretted their night together.

Skip ahead five years and Matt and Lane with the help of a older, friendly landlord may have a second chance to get things right.

Sebastian knows what it is like to lose the love of your life since he lost Frank many years ago. So Sebastian feels he needs to try and help Lane and Matt find happiness togther. What Sebastian does not know though is that the future holds a very amazing surprise for him as well in the form of a man named Ray.

This is a book that is definitely about second chances at finding love again. No matter the age of a person, love is possible only if you are willing to accept it. This was such a sweet and amazing story. Definitely a true love story in the making.

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