Author ~ Lila Leigh Hunter
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 15th February 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
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Freya’s Book Brief
This isn’t going to be a long review because the story in its concept is a simple one, but it is also one that I adored.
Clay Keller – the successful CEO of Travel Mogul, returned to Iowa from LA, under the excuse of delivering a speech at his old college's graduation. Only, he accepted the offer with the intention of rekindling his relationship with his old flame, Aaron. Fifteen years previous Clay left Iowa to follow his dreams, Aaron, who wanted to be a teacher, stayed behind to look after the family farm. Aaron has since risen through the ranks to become Professor Aaron Grant and isn’t pleased to see Clay again.
Initially, Clay comes across as sure footed and arrogant. Mainly, because he goes after Aaron with the cocky approach. All the same Aarons actions suggest he still harbours feelings for Clay, but the distance and residual hurt plague him – Clay broke his heart, and he doesn’t want it to happen again. With a sincerer approach, Clay gets better results; with Aaron agreeing to a distance relationship for a year, with a get-out clause at any point.
Then, the story took me through a year of dates, witnessing the men, as Clay's inventiveness woos Aaron, and they are reminded of the closeness they once had. During these dates, both men were adorable and wormed their way into my heart. The dates themselves were … ooh, I can’t tell you because it will spoil the story (heart melting), but all isn’t roses.
This story is so lovely - it made me cry. It has something about it that I can’t put my finger on, but it’s that something that makes a story special. I understand that isn’t much use to you as a reader, other than the plotline is a classic, it’s execution is delightful and if you have a soft spot for rekindled relationships, Dating In Retrospect is one for you.