Friday, July 21, 2017

Release Day Review: You Never Know by Mary Calmes

you never knowTitle ~ You Never Know

Author ~ Mary Calmes

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 21st July 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

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.

 

Freya’s Review

After years apart, childhood sweethearts Hagen and Mitch are back in the same town. Mitch intends to win back the love of his life. Hagen intends to steer well clear. Ash, an actor about to hit the big time, wants Hagen, but Hagen is happy with their no-strings arrangement.

In their transitional years, Mitch went off to play in the NFL, married and had two children. Broken hearted, Hagen went into the army. Years later, Hagen returned home due to injury, Mitch divorced, retired from the game, and came out of the closet to the media.

Hagen is an all-around good egg. One of those who would incite world peace. He renovates day care centres, saves kids, people love him, and he’s a God in bed. Only, he has some issues. After Mitch left, coupled with a FUBAR in the Army, he finds it hard to trust anyone with his heart. He’s also desperate to be able to trust someone enough to let go and be dominated.

Mitch, having realised that he fucked up by leaving Hagen, is out to get him back. He knows Hagen better than anybody, but he has to overcome Hagen’s issues and prove that he can be the man Hagen needs.

I found myself rooting for these characters, despite there being some things in the story that usually makes me cringe.

At the start, there’s an information dump of how Hagen got to this point in his life. Normally, I’m not a fan of these. But, it is entertaining and emotional. Although, I believe some of the text could have been more streamlined. I found details like who is connected to who, and in what way, unnecessarily distracting from the main arc and it delayed the event of Hagen and Mitch finally crossing paths. Similarly, I get that couples reiterate arguments, but a few hundred words could have been easily cut in this area and not made any difference to the tale. We also have another story that uses the bitten lip – gahhh.

Having said all that, Hagen’s insecurities are what makes up much of his character. Hence, the many visitations of the what-if scenario, which has Hagen frequently getting lost in memories then doing multiple 180’s on his decisions.

For all of Hagen’s uncertainties, Mitch is the opposite. Mitch knows who he is to the point of arrogance. He knows what he wants, and how to get it. Together they make each other complete.

Ash is the one who could spoil it all. I liked Ash’s character – he had flaws, and he sure as hell wasn’t an angel in the making.

You Never Know is a story that contains lots of denials, giving in, and dogged determination to get what one knows is right. It is a meeting of the then, the now and what might be.

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Meet Mary Calmes

MaryCalmesMary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.

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