Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Turning the Page
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 182 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 19, 2016
Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of twenty years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson—especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.
Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.
Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.
Isn’t it funny how when you’re in your thirty’s & forty’s ten years doesn’t seem like such a big age gap but when you’re in your twenty’s or fifty’s it sometimes seems like an insurmountable gap?
Malcolm Webber is a 52-year-old tax attorney who lost his husband of 20 years David to cancer just over a year ago. Malcolm is still firmly entrenched in mourning his husband that he can’t fathom meeting anyone else or having any sort of feelings for them.
Hans Erickson is a 42-year-old adventure writer who has done just about every hair-raising event he writes about. Hans was with his ex-partner Troy for 15 years when he found him having sex with one of their friends, apparently his sleeping around was common knowledge within their group and as such Hans had become the laughing-stock of the group!
When Malcolm meets Hans for the first time he has a fleeting impression of David but not really because as soon as Hans started to speak there was absolutely nothing the same. It does make him intrigued though because for the first time in the last year Malcolm actually feels a spark of attraction for another man and there-in lies his problem, he feels like he’s cheating on David. Hans hasn’t been able to forget meeting Malcolm and when they meet again and really start talking to each other the attraction turns into more for both but Malcolm has a very hard time adjusting to the fact that it’s not David he’s having these feelings and thoughts about but Hans.
Whilst Malcolm is almost obsessive about the 10-year age-gap between them Hans hasn’t given it a second thought. For every obstacle Malcolm tries to put in their way Hans is so understanding in the way he explains away that they either haven’t occurred to him or they just don’t matter. Malcolm realises that he’s truly hurting Hans with the way he is always seemingly sabotaging their relationship that he has to stand back and reconcile the fact that even though David is gone he’s not and he Malcolm deserves to love and be loved again. The hardest thing that Malcolm has to come to terms with is that Hans loves him for who he is not for how old he is and that no matter what they will work together to overcome any future obstacles be they real or imagined.
Turning the Page is all about two men trying their damnedest to “turn the page” in their lives and come out the other end happy, healthy and whole! I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a huge Andrew Grey fan. I’ve noticed with each of Andrew’s books that I read they’re getting deeper, grittier and more intense, which means only good things for those of who are constantly waiting for the next story!! If you haven’t read any of Andrew Grey’s books I strongly urge you to give them a go, you won’t be disappointed!!