- Book Title: Turning the Page
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: Andrew Grey
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (August 19, 2016)
- Book Length: 182 pages
- Genre: Romance, Gay Romance, Contemporary
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Rating: 4 Star
Turning the Page is all about second chances for two men who come to that stage in their lives when past choices and moving forward can become so weighted down with baggage that it threatens to overwhelm them.
Malcolm lost the love of his life to cancer, Hans to a cheating partner. Malcolm is obsessed with work, with his loss, and with deep-seated fears he’s no longer up to the challenge—for relationships, or even for opportunities in his career. Malcolm is very much stuck in a rut.
Hans is almost the polar opposite. He is younger, but not by much, and he’s led an active, adventurous lifestyle that seems at odds with what staid Malcolm perceives as right and proper for himself. Despite their differences, their attraction to each other is very real. But real doesn’t mean easy, or even pleasant.
The narrative focuses primarily on Malcolm, on his misgivings, on the terrible consuming sadness that goes hand-in-hand with memories of David, and on the stages of grief and resolution he must confront before he can break the pattern and embrace change. Hans is not so well fleshed out. We only know about him as he reacts to Malcolm with perceived disappointments, with his eagerness to try almost anything new, and on how he deals with his own terrifying challenges. That created a one-sided narrative and left questions in this reader’s mind as to how Malcolm could realistically bridge very real differences between himself and Hans.
Turning the Page is an intimate portrait of one man learning to overcome grief and move forward into the next stage of his life—it had an autobiographical feel, although it still carried the hallmarks of a romance and a heartwarming ending. Understanding Hans, his motivations, his thoughts and emotions would really take this pleasant story to the next level.
The story telling is straightforward, the character of Malcolm relatable, and the ending—with a surprise twist and an element of danger—is quite satisfying. This is a solid Four Star read.
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.