Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Second First Date
Author: Marie Lark
Heroes: Mitchel Finch/Danny Rojas
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 100 Paages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: After years of an unrequited crush and exchanged secret looks, Mitchel Finch and Danny Rojas had one weekend of sex and self-discovery at a friend’s wedding. But when the morning after came, Danny got to return to his life in Philadelphia while Mitchel was left to deal with the fallout of publicly defending Danny from his high school bullies. He wasn’t quite dragged out of the closet, but he’s clinging to the door frame with the tips of his fingers and stubbornness.
Having grown up terrorized for his sexuality, Danny can’t imagine Mitchel ever choosing to be with him–even if the nights they shared were the most intensely amazing of his life. He knows Mitchel won’t risk his life or position in their small home town. No matter what Danny hopes for, he doesn’t expect they’ll get another shot.
Now, after weeks apart, they have two nights to explore their feelings for each other without fear of discovery or consequences. Is it enough to pull Mitchel out of hiding–and to convince Danny their connection is deeper than sex?
It’s all riding on their second chance at a first date.
Review: I am not sure why this book is not listed as a sequel to The First Morning After, but you must read that book first or you will be totally lost. That book takes place over a couple days, the same as this one basically takes place a few weeks after Danny and Mitchel first hook up. This story takes them on to the next step…will Michel take a chance on Danny, will he leave his small town, and will he come out of closet and stop hiding.
Mitchel is struggling, but he is drawn to Danny and wants so much to make the effort. Fortunately, unlike book one, there is no violence or bullying that Danny must endure while Mitchel watches from the sidelines. He has guilt for not protecting Danny when they were younger, but now in the gay world, Danny is in charge and Mitchel must rely on him. Navigating this new world is hard for him and we can’t expect him to change overnight. Fortunately, Danny doesn’t expect him to go clubbing to prove he’s into him, just be with him and try. And he does.
This is a short story and must be read in order. We get a tentative happy-for-now, but I am sure they are heading in the right direction. Don’t go into these expecting a complete resolution as the time frame is barely a few days, but what we get is satisfying.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*