Monday, August 28, 2017

Release Day Review: Remember When by SJD Peterson

remember-whenTitle ~ Remember When

Author ~ SJD Peterson

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 28th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Life  is simple and hopeful in youth. Luke and Nelson are best friends exploring their budding sexuality. They have big plans for the future, and nothing can stand in their way or tear them apart—except a family move that puts a continent between them.

Ten years later Luke and Nelson meet again, but nothing is simple anymore. As strong as the attraction remains, obligations and expectations come between them as Luke is forced to honor family responsibilities over the desires of his heart.

Impossibly fate sees fit to offer them a last opportunity to see what might have been. Will the third time be the charm, or is trust so badly broken it is impossible to repair? Can they recapture the innocent love they once knew and make up for all the wasted years? In a love story that spans half a lifetime, two friends destined for each other will have to fight hard for their happily ever after.


Freya’s Review

Nelson and Luke played around with each other in school. Then Luke had to move across the country leaving Nelson heartbroken. This is the story of how they found each other again and dealt with what life threw at them.

Remember When is told in three sections

Summer of Innocence – 1988. This is where I was first introduced to the boys. Luke was the buff, confident, self-assured, laid back young teenager, happy to try just about anything, and protector of Nelson. Nelson was a worrier. He worried about annoying God. He worried that the feelings he had for his best friend were unnatural. The boys were inseparable. It was going to be Nelson and Luke against the world, forever. That was until Luke had to move away.

Reunion - 1998. After losing touch, Nelson and Luke run into each other at the airport. They were both convinced that their childhood affair was one of first crush or puppy love. But, neither felt complete without the other. Their reunion confirmed there was something between them that was much longer lasting. The reason for their second parting is somewhat cliché and not unexpected. I’ve read that particular arc many times in similar stories. But, the scenes are beautifully written, and my heart ached when I read them.

Present Day. Older and wiser, Nelson and Luke know what they want, but have the baggage of the past to sort out before they can move on.

I was so engrossed in this story that I read it in a day. From the blurb, the sadistic part of me knew everything was going to hit the fan at some time. The question was whether the author could reach my heart. The answer to that was a resounding – YES. These boys are adorable. Remember When is well written and in places heart wrenching and heart melting. There are a few sayings that belong in my room 101; however, they were overshadowed by the story line.  We mostly hear from Nelson, but Luke is in there too. This is a love story that spans decades. If you like friends to lovers stories, then this one is a must.

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Meet SJD Peterson 

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can't cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.



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