Monday, November 27, 2017

Release Day Review: Romance Redefined by SJD Peterson

romance-redefined2Title ~ Romance Redefined

Author ~ SJD Peterson

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 27th November 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Opposites attract, but are some differences too drastic for a romance to survive?

On the surface, Benson Howard Winthrop III and Hugh Bayard have a lot in common: they’re young, handsome, and blessed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the country. Surely they have everything anyone could want. But Ben is no longer satisfied with their long-running relationship. Hugh’s need to control every situation is suffocating him, and Ben needs to know if he can make it on his own merits by following his passion.

But Ben’s mother isn’t about to let her son live in a rundown apartment as a struggling actor. She’s determined to get him back to his rightful place at the top of the social ladder—and back with Hugh.

Rekindling their romance will require more than doing what’s expected. Ben and Hugh need to understand and embrace each other’s differences. They’ll have to support each other even when one makes a decision the other doesn’t agree with. For their passionate love to grow, they will need to redefine the meaning of romance… only then can they find true happiness.

 

Freya’s Review

Ben always wanted to be an actor, but due to the overpowering personalities of those close to him, it didn’t happen. Needing to find himself before becoming an extension of his family, he divorced the man he loved, left home, and went to New York to follow his dreams. No mean feat for a man in his thirties.

In short, I really enjoyed this story.

Ben’s mother is a force to be reckoned with and is one hell of an entertaining character – through and through, high society. She wants Ben and his ex, Hugh, back together and uses every opportunity to force him into Ben’s life. The conversations between Mother and Son are awesome. The problem for Ben is that he still loves Hugh, and passion had never been their problem. But in ten years of marriage, Hugh was oblivious to Ben’s needs – and it got to a point where Ben couldn’t live with it. Despite trying to explain, no one in his family seemed to understand that – including Hugh. That doesn’t mean Hugh isn’t his own man. He is. It’s just that, due to his upbringing, Hugh finds particular things, emotions being one, difficult to deal with.

There are other characters too in this story, including another love interest, and they all have their place and are written beautifully, but I don’t want to give away too much.

Romance Redefined is told in the first person from Ben’s POV. The words and scenes seamlessly flow. Combined with the superb scene setting, I was drawn in to this story from the first paragraph.

Ben has a battle between his heart and his head. He needs to be free of the claustrophobic demands of his family, to be allowed to make his own choices, and to have his needs be important, too.  The book is filled with scenarios where family and others, use emotional pressures try to exert their will. All while Ben deals with the issues surrounding getting a play onto the stage, along with people who give Ben many conflicted feelings to mull over. Ben and the other characters, have emotional journeys to complete, but the focus is on Ben.

Romance Redefined is engaging, and easy to read. The character development and story progression were just the right pace for me. The author writes Ben, heart and soul and there are no awkward deviations from the character for the sake of unexpected drama.

In short, a beautifully written story.

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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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