Book Reviews

Regret Me Not by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 04-December-2017

Book Blurb

Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full of self-pity he can’t even be decent to the one family member he’s still speaking to. He heads for Florida, where he’s got a month to pull his head out of his ass before he ruins his little sister’s Christmas.

 

Harold Justice Lombard the Fifth is at his own crossroads—he can keep being Hal, massage therapist in training, flamboyant and irrepressible to the bones, or he can let his parents rule his life. Hal takes one look at Pierce and decides they’re fellow unicorns out to make the world a better place. Pierce can’t reject Hal’s overtures of friendship, in spite of his misgivings about being too old and too pissed off to make a good friend.

 

As they experience everything from existential Looney Tunes to eternal trips to Target, Pierce becomes more dependent on Hal’s optimism to get him through the day. When Hal starts getting him through the nights too, Pierce must look inside for the knight he used to be—before Christmas becomes a doomsday deadline of heartbreak instead of a celebration of love.

 

Book Review

It was tough not to empathize and feel for both Hal and Pierce. Two very lonely and lost souls, one recovering from a horrific accident, and the other trying to decide his place in the world. The writing is fabulous just as I find it always is with this author, but there’s something a little different here, a romance that is just packed with glances, hidden touches, innuendos that might not have been innuendos, a friendship they both desperately need, and the most wonderful sexual and intimate, tension.

“You can’t,” he said fervently, because this suddenly seemed important. “You can’t. A relationship isn’t like that—you can’t protect yourself, even if you know the dangers. You protect yourself and you’ll just… it’s like a circuit. You can’t make a circuit with the vinyl still on the wires. You either strip the protection off to make the circuit complete and hope it doesn’t explode, or nothing ever happens.”

Hal and Pierce aren’t that different from each other even with the nine-year age difference. Pierce may have been a crotchety, bitter, sometimes a**hole man when he got to his sister’s in Florida, but he almost died in that car accident and everything hurt. He still showed how sweet he was when he took his best friend up on his offer to stay in his condo on the beach, and got out of his sister’s hair until he could find his inner unicorn again. Hal is at his parents’ condo because Dad is a conservative judge in North Carolina and his parents are having a lot of friends around over the holidays and their gay son is a huge disappointment. Hal needs to take this time to decide whether he wants to stick with what he wants to do with his life, or give in and end up at college majoring in what his parents want. He’s very good at being a trainer, teaching yoga and massage, but somehow this past year with losing his boyfriend he thought would be forever, Hal has lost his unicorn, too. Both men have crappy childhood memories to go along with the crappy parents they got. Pierce protects his baby sister and her family from theirs but who protects Hal?

“You’ll always be a unicorn,” he promised. “You’ll be forty-five and a unicorn. Or sixty. Just because I’m not as strong as you are doesn’t mean I don’t believe in you.”
Hal shook his head and buried his face in the hollow of Pierce’s shoulder. “You are,” he hiccupped. “You are a unicorn. You just won’t see….”

An absolutely lovely, sweet, and delightful slow-burn romance. ‘Regret Me Not’ should be read in front of a fire with a mug of hot chocolate, and perhaps a little peppermint schnapps added. Every moment of this story I could see Hal and Pierce in my mind and it was everything I hoped and needed it to be.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 119 pages/39450 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-December-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/regret-me-not-by-amy-lane-9121-b