The Past Comes Home (Ames Bridge #2)

Author: Silvia Violet

Publisher: Silvia Violet Books

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular his brother’s best friend, Brad. Pax now runs a successful art gallery, but he’s never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did.

Brad Watson is back in town for his twentieth high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He’s there for one reason: to finally tell Pax how he feels.

Pax is shocked to learn Brad is not only gay but also interested in him. Dating a man in Ames Bridge isn’t as simple as it sound, though. In order to make a relationship work, both men will have to bolster their courage and alter their expectations.


Review: The Past Comes Home is the second book in the Ames Bridge series by Silvia Violet. In the first book we met Cal and Beck along with some friends. Pax was one of those friends we met. He’s an artist, business owner, and an out gay man in a small town. The only one besides Cal (and now Beck).

I actually despise Ames Bridge and if I lived there I’d move. There is no one that could make me live where I had to fear insults, slurs, blatant bigotry, and possible harm on a daily basis. I have no idea how Pax does it.

Pax left for college, but he came back home to help out his mother after a stroke. He decided he wanted/needed to stay for good.

Brad was Pax’s brother, Rob’s, best friend growing up. Pax was Brad’s first boy crush and vice versa, but Brad kept himself firmly from anyone in Ames Bridge in the closet until 5 years ago. Brad lives in Chicago and is a successful businessman. Brad comes back to Ames Bridges for his 20th High School reunion and what a reunion it is, with sports dinners, “hanging with the guys”, and one of high schools famous events.

Brad really took me a while to get warmed up to, for some reason. I liked Pax from the first book, but Brad not so much. To me, he just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get the insults hurled thrown all the time. He doesn’t get putting on invisible armor. He doesn’t get how life really is in Ames Bridges as a gay man. I felt like Pax had valid concerns that should have been addressed more, instead of running away from the hard answers or getting mad they’re being asked.

I kind of missed the townspeople in this one, well the non-homophobic ones. I felt like it was just Brad and Pax for too much of it and I wanted to see them out together more. Maybe show Brad what life is truly like there?

Brad and Pax have been wanting each other for twenty years. Is it too late? Can a high school crush last? Can you trust that it’s really love? Will Pax let himself have what he wants? Will Brad take the easy way out and go back to Chicago or will he stay and face Ames Bridge with Pax?

Hmm…do I see Jack’s story in the future? He intrigues me. What about Luke’s?

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