Annabelle Jacobs - Always Another Side - Review Tour & Giveaway
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Release Date: June 3 2016
Length: 60,000 words
Buy Link: myBook.to/Always_Another_Side
Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.
Everyone said their goodbyes, and Jack tried not to notice the blatant, knowing looks being passed around. He had no doubt he’d be getting some nosy texts later. On the plus side, at least he wouldn’t be the only one.
Now it was only the two of them, they wandered into the bar area and snagged a small table by the fireplace. It wasn’t lit—the late-April weather had been far too mild to warrant an open fire. The Saturday-night crowd from earlier had clearly moved on to somewhere else, and the room had quietened considerably.
“Thanks for offering me a lift.” Tyler smiled and took a sip of his drink. “I wasn’t ready to leave yet.”
“Me neither.” Jack had bought another Coke, and he ran his finger down through the condensation on the outside of the glass. “I have to admit I was a bit—a lot sceptical about whether or not this was a good idea.”
Tyler glanced up and met his gaze. “Meeting me?”
Jack’s smile was wry. “I was talking about the whole blind date thing, but yeah… I guess it was meeting you in general.” He cringed as he said it, perhaps not the best thing to say to someone whom you were hoping to go out with again. And despite Jack’s misgivings and preconceptions, he liked Tyler.
Tyler cocked his head to one side and frowned, as though he wasn’t sure how to feel about that. Jack had probably offended him, because no one liked to hear that sort of thing. But then, he’d offered to drive Tyler home so they could spend more time together—alone—so Tyler must realise Jack wanted to get to know him better. Or maybe not. If Jack had learned one thing from his breakup with Simon, it was that communication was key. Never assume someone knew what you meant or what you were thinking.
“I know that sounds bad, and it’s nothing personal. Christ, I’m pulling out all the clichés tonight, but it really was a case of it being me and not you.” Jack laughed and scrubbed a hand over his face. “Shit. Just when it was going so well. I’ve managed to fuck it up, haven’t I?”
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
Starting over is never easy and when you're trying to get past a bad break-up after a 15-year-relationship, it's especially bad. The last eight months Jack has barely managed to get by, and he doesn't feel like he's nowhere ready to get back on the saddle again, but can't refuse his best friend when she sets him up on a blind date.
Tyler has never had a serious relationship, but not for lack of trying. He's just not a very good judge of character, but his friends are, which is the only reason he agrees to being set up with Jack.
They hit it off when they meet and slowly, but surely they start building something that has a lot of potential, until an accidental revelation gets in the way. Would they be able to move past it or is too early for their relationship to survive something like this?
I really liked Tyler. He was sweet and caring and I just loved how he threw himself into their relationship with everything he was, despite the potential of it all blowing on his face. I liked Jack, but there were times I just wanted to shake him and make him realize a lot of things faster. Sometimes his honesty felt like a bit too over the top, although I guess after all they went through, it was what they needed. Tyler and Jack were lovely together, it was very nice to see their relationship slowly progress and turn into something more.
I had an inkling of what the revelation might be from the moment Tyler was introduced, but a few things threw me off. Still, it was a bit on the predictable side. I did like the way Jack and Tyler worked through it, though.
This was a very good book, a well-written, slow-burn, second chance at love story. Recommendable!
Rating: 4 Stars!!
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
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