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.
~ ~ The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation. ~ ~
When Leo returns to his childhood haunts on the cliffs of Cornwall, he doesn't expect to find love.
Leo is lost. He's worked so hard for so long, he's forgotten how to live. He's detached and lonely . . . just passing through life. Leo's beloved uncle Edwin is dying, and Leo, feeling guilty for all the time he's missed, decides to spend some time caring for him.
After a morning run, Leo finds a strange man rummaging through the fridge of Edwin's house.
That moment changes everything.
Tris is freshly divorced, newly out of the closet (to himself at least), and struggling. He is a gentle, kind-hearted man, but he's made mistakes.
Haven't we all?
I look forward to each of Jay Northcote's books because I know what to expect: a sexy, romantic, lighthearted read with pitch-perfect prose and a HEA.
And this book is certainly sexy and romantic. The writing is beautiful. But it isn't as lighthearted a read as Northcote's other books, and I loved it all the more for it.
Edwin is as much a part of this story as Leo and Tris. Edwin has lived a life filled with secrets . . . secrets he can finally share.
There is no melodrama in this book, no back and forth, no quibbling about trivial things.
Tris and Leo: they are the REAL thing.
They cuddle and make passionate love; they cook together and cry together. They TRUST. They KNOW. Tris is there for Leo. Always.
At 40 and 30-something, the MCs aren't boys; they are MEN. Tris has a young son and a rising landscaping business. Leo has a fast-paced existence in London focused on his marketing career.
Leo doesn't believe that he can change his life until Edwin reminds him that he has a choice. We ALL have a choice.
This story is heart-breaking. And heart-warming. It is as much Edwin's story as it is Tris and Leo's story.
The Cornwall setting, the cliffs, rain, and beaches, come alive.
Leo had no words. He wrapped his arms around Tris and held him tight. His heart felt too big for the space inside him.
The epilogue will make you cry.
TEARS OF JOY, people, tears of joy.