Title: Romance Redefined
Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 Pages
At a Glance: I enjoyed this story a lot, and I think it’s great for those who like relationship angst and second chances.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: 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.
Review: I was expecting something different when I started reading this book, but I’m definitely not disappointed by what I got. I thought it would be a story of two people finding their way back to each other by spending time together and evolving, making compromises and learning new things about each other. Things that somehow escaped them the first time around.
Even though a lot of those things did happen in this story, it wasn’t just a second chance romance. It was mainly the story of Benson reexamining his life, changing the things that made him unhappy, and taking a chance at making his dreams come true. It was more of a journey in order for him to find who he is, and, in the process, he also found his husband again.
I liked the story and the characters, but I would have liked more scenes with Ben and Hugh together, trying to fix what was broken. I would have liked to see Hugh changing and understanding what Ben was asking of him, making an effort to be more open and give him what he needed. Maybe the problem was that we only got Ben’s point of view here, so I didn’t feel like I understood Hugh very much.
A lot of times during the story, I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it, or if Ben would end up with his new friend and persistent admirer. The uncertainty didn’t bother me. On the contrary, it made me want to keep reading and find out.
The secondary characters were good, and they all added something to the story. Ben’s family was full of well-intentioned meddlers, but in the end, all that help him and Hugh a lot.
I enjoyed this story a lot, and I think it’s great for those who like relationship angst and second chances.
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