Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Romance Redefined
AUTHOR: S.J.D. Peterson
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 27th, 2017
Opposites attract, but are some differences too drastic for a romance to survive?
On the surface, Benson Howard Winthrop III and Hugh Bayard have a lot in common: they’re young, handsome, and blessed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the country. Surely they have everything anyone could want. But Ben is no longer satisfied with their long-running relationship. Hugh’s need to control every situation is suffocating him, and Ben needs to know if he can make it on his own merits by following his passion.
But Ben’s mother isn’t about to let her son live in a rundown apartment as a struggling actor. She’s determined to get him back to his rightful place at the top of the social ladder—and back with Hugh.
Rekindling their romance will require more than doing what’s expected. Ben and Hugh need to understand and embrace each other’s differences. They’ll have to support each other even when one makes a decision the other doesn’t agree with. For their passionate love to grow, they will need to redefine the meaning of romance… only then can they find true happiness.
Well, this was interesting. I think I was expecting something a little different when I had initially read the blurb. Romance Redefined is one of those stories where at the end I’m not sure if I liked it or not. That’s good and bad…I know I didn’t hate it and I know I didn’t love it. I’m a fan of this author and I know she can write stellar stories this one just left me with more questions than anything else.
Ben and Hugh have known each other their whole lives. What started as neighborly friendship quickly turned into a passionate love that burned brighter than both men were ready for. A string of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and a workaholic attitude leaves Ben questioning everything but mostly he knows he needs to leave Hugh and start living his own life.
Divorced, Ben seeks out a new life one where he can focus on his acting and finding love again. Hugh however believes Ben should give him another chance so with help from Ben’s mother, Hugh sets out to win Ben back.
My biggest struggles with this story were the characters. Ben came off as abrasive and irrationally angry towards Hugh. Hugh was a closed off punching bag and his relationship with Ben left me feeling blah. The only time these two are on the same page is when they’re in bed and I have to admit, they are pretty hot together.
Overall, I think I liked the idea of this story a lot more than I liked the story itself. The writing was great like I said this author can write but this particular story didn’t really do it for me.