Reviewed by Morgan
Title: When Was the Last Time
Author: Kelly Jensen
Heroes: Paul Summerfield/Evan Akkerman
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 47 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 12, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Paul Summerfield is stunned by the gentle reminder it has been over a year since he and his partner, Evan Akkerman, have made love. He vows to take Evan out for Valentine’s Day. Dinner and sex. Lots of sex. There’s only one catch—he’s supposed to be in San Francisco that week cataloging the art collection of an important new client. No problem, he’ll just change his schedule and cut his trip short by a day.
In San Francisco, Paul struggles with regrets and the fear his love is slipping away from him. Every call to Evan seems only to prove the distance between them is increasing. All this, and a key piece of his client’s catalog is caught up in customs. To keep their Valentine’s date, Paul will have to choose between the career he’s built over fifteen years and the man he’s loved for just as long.
Review: Paul and Evan have been lovers for over 15 years, yet in the last year they’ve lost touch. Evan asks Paul to consider the last time they’ve made love, and it’s been over a year which makes Paul feel horrible.
In order to make amends, he decides on a special Valentine’s Day Date, but business keeps him in San Francisco. He’s forced to decide between keeping his date or his business commitment.
In a move reminiscent of “The Gift of the Magi,” both Paul and Evan make a sacrifice to be together for Valentine’s Day and it’s very sweet. Most of the story is Paul remembering how they met and feeling bad about the current state of their relationship.
In the end, they have a wonderful date and all’s well.
I wish we’d had a bit more of Evan’s POV – I couldn’t quite get a feel for his side of the story – but it was a lovely holiday story reminding us to keep love alive takes work.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*