Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Don’t waste a chance at happiness…
Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.
Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.
On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.
It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.
Review: Leo used to spend his summers in Cornwall at the home of his uncle Edwin, and Edwin’s wife, Tilda. Growing up, Edwin treated Leo like the child he never had and the time Leo spent there was always looked forward to. At forty, and a complete workaholic, Leo’s single-minded focus has long been all about his career as a very successful graphic designer in London and, while he’s still kept in touch with Edwin, visits to Cornwall are rare. Now Edwin is dying from lung cancer and Leo has made the trip to the place that has always felt like home to see his beloved uncle in the short time that’s left. Although in the end stages of his disease, Edwin is still quite independent. His activities may be restricted due to the shortness of breath and lack of energy the cancer forces on him, but he still has his sense of humour and is able to mostly care for himself. Coming back from a run shortly after his arrival in Cornwall, Leo discovers a stranger rooting around in the fridge in his uncle’s kitchen. A rather handsome stranger.
After finally admitting to himself that he was gay, Tris’ marriage inevitably fell apart. When he had nowhere else to go, Edwin, who was a client of Tris’ gardening/landscaping business, offered Tris the use of a small cottage on his land in dire need of renovation in return for getting the place back into shape. Without a currently working kitchen or bathroom, Tris is often at the house cooking for Edwin and keeping him company. As they spend time together, Tris and Leo draw closer together and their mutual attraction on all levels morphs into something more. Leo has never had a long term relationship, always allowing work to eat up all of his time, and Tris has come out of a messy divorce, but there is no denying the two men have a connection that goes well beyond just the physical. However, the fact still remains that Tris lives here in Cornwall and Leo’s life, such as it is, is back in London. When Edwin drops a revelation on Leo about the secret Edwin has kept his whole life, Leo starts to reassess just what his priorities in life are. The question is, is he strong enough to take a leap and seize the day?
I absolutely adored all three major characters. I say all three because Edwin is very much a strong presence in this story. He is such a wonderful character. Even knowing his passing was inevitable from the start, it was still hard to say goodbye. Even from the grave, Edwin was awesome. The romance that grew between Leo and Tris in the time Leo was at Edwin’s was gentle and sweet, and felt very organic in its development. I could really feel the connection between, they had such great chemistry on every level. The sex scenes were hot and only added to their relationship. When Leo headed back to London, I could understand his hesitation at changing his priorities in life – it was a huge leap for him to make, and even though I knew the outcome (it is a romance, after all), I was still chewing my fingernails waiting for him to realise that Tris and the change in direction was worth it.
Although the story felt complete without it, the epilogue was a beautiful adjunct to it and a nice tip of the hat to Edwin’s revelations. I loved the characters. I loved the romance. In fact, I really enjoyed everything about this book.