Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Ames Bridge Series
Brad Watson is back in town for his twentieth high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He's there for one reason: to finally tell Pax how he feels.
Pax is shocked to learn Brad is not only gay but also interested in him. Dating a man in Ames Bridge isn't as simple as it sound, though. In order to make a relationship work, both men will have to bolster their courage and alter their expectations.
*This book is an expansion of a previously published short story titled Open to the Past. Over 35,000 words have been added.*
A knock on the shop door drew Pax’s his attention; probably his assistant, Cindy. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d forgotten her key, and no one else would be dropping by this early. Microfiber duster in hand, he twirled his way past the worktables and unpainted pottery pieces.
He sang along with Madonna as he reached for the doorknob, and froze—Brad was grinning at him through the front window.
Heat rushed to Pax’s face. For a moment he contemplated racing over to turn the music off, then walking calmly back to the door as if the last few seconds had never happened. Could he convince Brad his earlier appearance was a hallucination?
Brad placed his hand against the window and peered in. “Is this a bad time? I know I’m really early.”
“Um…no. Just a sec.”
He would open the damn door, talk to Brad, and generally behave like a respectable adult. That’s what would happen.
With a deep breath, he turned the knob and stared, openmouthed, unable to form a single word. Was Brad even more gorgeous than he’d been two years ago? At eighteen he’d been the hottest boy in school, but now with his dirty-blond hair showing hints of gray, he was even better. His T-shirt stretched taut over his biceps, and his jeans fit like they were tailor-made for his muscular thighs. But the thing that made Brad even more desirable now was how relaxed and happy he seemed. In high school he’d always been restless, as though he were uncomfortable in his gorgeous body, despite having it made as far as anyone else could tell. Pax wondered what had changed.
Pax looked up at Brad and realized he’d been caught giving him a blatant once-over while he stood in the doorway. “Um… Where are my manners?” Fled in the face of his insanity? “Come in. That is, if you’d like to.”
“I would.” He smiled, showing off the dimple in his left cheek.
Pax wanted to run his tongue across it. Instead, he made a dramatic show of bowing and sweeping his hand toward the interior. “Enter, sir.”
Brad laughed and stepped inside. Pax shut the door behind him and locked it, hoping Cindy would be late so he’d have time to show Brad the gallery without anyone else there.
“Is it ’80s day?” Brad asked.
Pax needed to accept that he would be blushing the whole time Brad was there. “No, I was just cleaning, and this music motivates me.”
“Let me know if I’m keeping you from something. I woke up early, and I was anxious to see you.”
Anxious to see him? Him? Pax’s knees threatened to give. Was it possible…? No. Just because Pax had spent far too many hours fantasizing about Brad saying he was gay or bi, that didn’t mean it was going to happen.
The setup for this story is just right, it’s got a second chance vibe without really being a true second chance romance, and one of my favorite tropes—brother’s best friend/best friend’s brother—all in one. Just from that I was already keen to get started on this book.
I was already interested in Pax after reading the first book in this series, and for the most part I was happy with him here in this story. My only nit-pick with him was his ongoing negative outlook at how things would be if Brad stays with him in Ames Bridge. It made it seem like Pax thought things would be doomed from the outset without giving it a chance, something Brad is fully prepared to do. I loved Brad, and I was proud of his determination to come out to his hometown friends, as well as his loyalty to Pax.
The story flows well, and Brad and Pax have pretty good chemistry together. I was definitely rooting for them right from the start, so when Pax was pulling out those negative thoughts I wanted to knock some sense into him so he wouldn’t sabotage what could be the best thing to happen to them both.
The Past Comes Home is a good follow up to Down on the Farm, and I liked visiting with Beck and Cal again. There’s also some hinting at who we might expect to see featured in future books in the series, so now my curiosity is piqued for the next story. This book was a 4-star read for me, and I’d recommend it to any M/M romance fan; and while you don’t need to have read the first book in the series before starting this one, you’ll probably want to go back and read it to get Beck and Cal’s story. This one’s meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.
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