Title: Dating in Retrospect
Author: Lila Leigh Hunter
Release Date: February 15, 2017
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.
Dating in Retrospect is a second chance story, part of the Dreamspinner's States of Love series. Clay is invited to give the commencement speech at his alma mater, and uses it as a chance to let his ex-boyfriend know that he's interested and wants them to have a future together. Aaron is doing what he loves as a professor at his alma mater and continues to work the family farm. He's happy that his best friend has come to do the speech, but doesn't plan on getting his heart broken by him again. Clay convinces Aaron to date him for a year and give them a chance to fall in love again. The next year is spent with the men going on monthly dates which Clay plans with a lot of detail.
Clay was very off-putting to me from the beginning. He left to start a new life for himself, walked away from the man he claimed to love, cut all communications and changed all his information so Aaron couldn't find him once he was gone. Then he shows up at his alma mater, the big man on campus, and is in Aaron's personal space, touching and making comments at Aaron's place of business. He gives no consideration to Aaron, or the consequences of his behavior to Aaron. He's cocky and not in an endearing way. I do give him credit, though, for the effort he put into dating Aaron, for eventually getting it together to recognize that the world does not revolve around him. I didn't have a lot of strong opinions about Aaron, but I'm happy that he didn't just let Clay waltz back in his life like nothing ever happened.
For those that enjoy second chance romances, and relationships with mature men, this is definitely a book you'll want to read!
Rating: 3.5 stars!