Reviewed by Annika
AUTHOR: Aimee Nicole Walker
PUBLISHER: Chasing Rainbow Press
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2018
LENGTH: 236 pages
Second Wind: A new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. After an amicable divorce, Lincoln Huxley is ready to embrace the sexuality he repressed for more than two decades. Rush Holden is no longer willing to settle for closeted men or those who don’t share his dreams of marriage and fatherhood. A chance encounter on a lakeside pier is the second wind they both need. Or will it just be a painful reminder of all they had lost? Second chance: an opportunity to try something again that failed one time. Rush and Lincoln have shared a lot of firsts—friendship, young love, and heartbreak. Cruel reality forced the two men to choose paths that took their lives in different directions. Twenty-five years later, they get a second chance to fall in love with each all over again. Can it really be that simple, or will the same issues ruin their happiness a second time? Happily ever after: to live happily for the rest of one’s life. Rush and Lincoln know that love and life can’t be defined by words alone. Patience, commitment, and the determination to do whatever it takes will be the only way the two men achieve their happily ever after.
I loved this book! It was a beautifully written love story about two men destined to be together. It might take some time to get there, and a few heartbreaks along the way, but in the end it was all worth it.
“When I was ten years old, even younger if I’m being honest, I fell in love with a boy”
And fall in love they did. The love Rush and Lincoln shared as teenagers was wonderful. It was everything you’d expect from that first love, intense, awkward, and painful, yet so, so unbelievably sweet. It was all encompassing but also had that forbidden and fearful note. I loved reading the snippets of them as boys, falling in love, sharing all of their firsts – including their first heartbreak. Because at that time and at that place would not see them having their happily ever after.
“We just have to bide our time, Rush. Keep waiting for someday.”
And in some ways they both did. They kept waiting for each other, for that someday, never truly being whole without the other but doing their best to move forward and live anyway. Then that someday arrived and their lives forever changed again. And this time it was the right time and the right place. Everything else was just details they needed to figure out to be where they both wanted to be – together.
I truly believed in this book, in this story. I believed in all the characters and their actions, main and supporting ones. It is credible, in that perfect fantasy kind of way. I might not always have agreed with them, but I believed the credibility of them. There were no unnecessary drama, no bad guys, nothing was played up for the dramatic effect of it all, and more importantly – there were communications between the characters. They all behaved as the mature adults they were, making those tough decisions, but making them together and trusting and being honest with each other.
Second Wind is that love story, that fantasy or dream we’ve all had at one time or another. About that one true love, that one person truly meant for you, who completes you. About that unconditional and irrevocable love that never fades no matter the distance, no matter the time passed. And I am so happy to have been fortunate to have shared Rush and Lincoln’s story. It was beautiful and just perfect.