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As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can’t remember the last time someone was…nice. It’s more than he deserves.
Witnessing his lover’s death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern living in his sister’s basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He’s not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That’s more than he’s ready for.
A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra’s been running from himself so long he doesn’t know how to live any other way. And Donner can’t risk his heart just to lose everything again. They’ll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.
I’m starting to be convinced that when it comes to m/m contemporaries, there’s not much new under the sun. I’m finding that most books I read have a story line I’ve read somewhere else. A character with a lost lover. A younger MC with low self-esteem. “I only top but I’ll bottom for you once I decide I love you”. “My parents hate me because I’m gay”. And all these angles exist in “Maybe This Time”. And yet…
I really enjoyed it!
No, it’s not the most original book.
But the characters are so likable and the pace and storytelling so good for a quick summer read…I couldn’t help but finish it in one sitting and end will a smile on my face! I actually didn’t realize this was book 2 of a series. And other than a few tiny bits about some side characters, I would never have guessed it. It works completely as a standalone, especially for the highlighted couple. But, I liked this one so much, I’m excited to go back and read book 1!
Ezra is a young party boy who likes to fuck. :) He refuses to bottom, as it represents giving up control…and he has so little control over things in his life. He’s estranged from his family (other than the money they send him to stay afloat), works part time at a book store, and spends most his hours…partying and hooking up and drinking margaritas on the rocks (my kinda guy!)
Donner is…a gem. He’s older. Wiser. Street-hardened. Mourning. Patient. Supportive. Knows what he wants. And…what he wants is Ezra. Yes, there was a bit of insta-love going on. But, I just like Donner so much that I wanted him to end up with Ezra just so he’d be happy and in love! Ezra is a bit of a whiny brat, but I, like Donner, wanted to take care of him and see him find his way. See? Not much new here, but enough to get me emotionally invested.
There are some great side storylines: dumpster diving/feeding the homeless, family issues on both sides, losing a family pet, interesting friends…and a lot of juicy bits to sink a reader’s teeth into. Sometimes when there’s too much going on, I get irritated. But the author did a good job of making all these side bits relevant and interesting without overwhelming the main focus of the romance. I’m hoping more books will be released in this series so I can get to know more of these side characters.
But, all in all, this book was about Donner for me. I easily get behind the steadfast good guy, and Donner is definitely one. I was happy to sit down with this book and read his story unfold. *shrug*…it doesn’t take much more than that for me… :)
Title: Maybe This Time
Author: AM Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 61k words
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Purchase Links: Carina Press