Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Turning the Page
Author: Andrew Grey
Heroes: Malcolm & Hans
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 19. 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of twenty years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson—especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.
Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.
Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.
Malcolm’s lover of 20+ years has died of cancer 13 months ago and he’s still very stuck in his grief. His well-intentioned brother and his secretary keep urging him to get out there and at least be social, if it’s too early to fall in love.
What ends up being serendipity, Malcolm and his brother are having dinner one night when one of Malcolm’s former clients – Hans- shows up. Hans has been stood up for a blind date and since Malcolm’s brother is bossy like that he invites Hans to join them for dinner.
Malcolm and Hans end up having a lot in common and definitely share an attraction. Though Malcolm isn’t sure he should, he succumbs to pressure and asks Hans out. Thus begins their somewhat rocky dating process.
Malcolm is hot and cold with Hans. He’s very attracted to him, but not ready to forget his husband. He thinks they have a lot in common, but he can’t get over the age gap. He feels young and vibrant with Hans, but worries Hans will grow bored with him quickly.
Eventually some things stir up in both their lives that force their hands and both men have to ask themselves just what they’re looking for.
I was really liking this story at the beginning. I loved the idea of dreary, sad Malcolm finding his way out of grief with the (10 year) younger Hans. Hans seemed so full of life and verve and it would have made for a lovely contrast.
However, what should have been a contrast felt like too opposite to fit. Malcolm never quite shook the “stick in the mud” label and he was still way too hung up on his husband for my tastes.
I didn’t see where Hans and Malcolm really connected other than the physical.
The drama with Gary seemed to act only as that last catalyst in the end and felt really out of place with the pacing of the rest of the story.
I’d have liked to see Malcolm and Hans spend more time together and see their connection more firmly.
It wasn’t a bad story, but it wasn’t Andrew Grey’s best work. He usually really engages me with his characters and Malcolm and Hans were sort of blah to me and I wasn’t that invested in their relationship.
I did love the fact that both men were over 40 and Malcolm was over 50.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*