Friday, June 17, 2016

Review Tour: Always Another Side by Annabelle Jacobs

Please welcome Annabelle Jacobs with 

Always Another Side


Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Release Date: June 3 2016

Length: 60,000 words

Price:  3.99


Everyone said their goodbyes, and Jack tried not to notice the blatant, knowing looks being passed around. He had no doubt he’d be getting some nosy texts later. On the plus side, at least he wouldn’t be the only one.

Now it was only the two of them, they wandered into the bar area and snagged a small table by the fireplace. It wasn’t lit—the late-April weather had been far too mild to warrant an open fire. The Saturday-night crowd from earlier had clearly moved on to somewhere else, and the room had quietened considerably.

“Thanks for offering me a lift.” Tyler smiled and took a sip of his drink. “I wasn’t ready to leave yet.”

“Me neither.” Jack had bought another Coke, and he ran his finger down through the condensation on the outside of the glass. “I have to admit I was a bit—a lot sceptical about whether or not this was a good idea.”

Tyler glanced up and met his gaze. “Meeting me?”

Jack’s smile was wry. “I was talking about the whole blind date thing, but yeah… I guess it was meeting you in general.” He cringed as he said it, perhaps not the best thing to say to someone whom you were hoping to go out with again. And despite Jack’s misgivings and preconceptions, he liked Tyler.

Tyler cocked his head to one side and frowned, as though he wasn’t sure how to feel about that. Jack had probably offended him, because no one liked to hear that sort of thing. But then, he’d offered to drive Tyler home so they could spend more time together—alone—so Tyler must realise Jack wanted to get to know him better. Or maybe not. If Jack had learned one thing from his breakup with Simon, it was that communication was key. Never assume someone knew what you meant or what you were thinking.

“I know that sounds bad, and it’s nothing personal. Christ, I’m pulling out all the clichés tonight, but it really was a case of it being me and not you.” Jack laughed and scrubbed a hand over his face. “Shit. Just when it was going so well. I’ve managed to fuck it up, haven’t I?”

Our reviews:

4 Stars from Jewel:

Always Another Side was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. I adore 'second chance at love' stories, and I love it when the MC's are mature enough to know what they want. This story delivered. 

Jack Bowman is fairly recently single, and is reluctant to actually face the prospect of being on the dating market again. After 16 years of being in a relationship - one that he thought was a forever thing - he's feeling a little bit old and out of his depth. For months he has just been in a holding pattern, not really living life, but just existing. Finally, his best friend Zena talks him into a blind date, of sorts, with a friend of a friend.

Tyler Freeman has had his own share of relationship issues. He's a nice guy and tends to trust easily and fall even easier. And unfortunately for him, the guys he picks are not relationship material and they tend to use him, especially his douche of a last boyfriend. He's ready to settle down, though. Casual sex and hookups aren't his thing. He wants someone to share his life with. He's not terribly optimistic about this blind date his friends have talked him into, but he figures he doesn't have much to lose.

I really liked both MC's, and loved that they were both mature and reasonable human beings. Does angst crop up? Yeah, some, but they work through it. There wasn't unnecessary drama, just two men figuring out life and learning how to navigate a new relationship - and for that, I was so thankful.

So if you're looking for a perfectly lovely story about two British men finding love again - look no further. Always Another Side might be just what you need, too!


ARC of Always Another Side generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars from Dani:

I really enjoyed this story of two men getting a second chance at love. 


The men are 100 percent upfront and honest with each other from the get-go. Forget miscommunication. If anything, there is too much communication. Tyler and Jack analyze things to pieces. 

I had a hard time connecting with Jack initially. I felt like he kept pushing Tyler away. There's a revelation at the end that wasn't entirely unexpected when I thought about it, but it made me uncomfortable nonetheless. 

The MCs work it out though, and the epilogue gives us a glimpse of their solid HEA. 

Always Another Side is entirely relationship focused. There's no drama and no major conflict, but I wasn't bored for a second. The story is well paced and quietly romantic with enough steam to keep it interesting. 

I've said this before, but it bears repeating: I am so glad Annabelle Jacobs doesn't dumb down her language to American standards. I want books set in England to feel authentically British, and her books always do. 


ARC of Always Another Side generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

And 4 Stars from Karen:

Annabelle Jacobs is an author that I've been wanting to read for a while now. I've heard some good things about her writings. So when I got the opportunity to read her latest story about two men who on my side of 30, not quite as far on my side as I am but still they had some maturity. I was excited and I made some serious grabby hands and yes please noises.

What I got in return for my grabby hands and yes pleases was a very refreshing story about two mature men, Jack and Tyler. There's only 4 years difference in their age, Jack is 40 and has spent the past 8 months trying to get over the fact that his partner of nearly 16 years was a lying, cheating, sack of...well, you get my point. Tyler is 36 and he's ready to find Mr. Right because he's had enough of Mr. RightNow. 


I absolutely loved how things played out. Both men were reluctant to go on this blind date but once they met each decides that maybe it wasn't such a bad idea. There's a definite attraction but even Tyler who really want's the stability of a long term relationship is determined that this time he's going to look before he leaps. While Jack who is beyond relationship shy decides by the end of the evening Tyler might be someone he wants to get to know better.

These men are incredibly honest with each other and it's not always easy but one thing Jack's figured out is that communication is key to any relationship so from the word go they talk. Not all of these conversations are easy. There are definitely some uncomfortable and awkward moments what there isn't, is over the top unnecessary drama. 


The ending held a bit of a surprise that I thought was very well dealt with and when all was said and done these two sexy, mature men found the HEA that they'd both been looking for and deserved.

Always Another Side was a wonderful first time read of this author for me and I'm looking forward to reading more. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who wants to read a sweet story about finding love again.


ARC of Always Another Side generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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