Title: One Last Kiss Goodbye
Author: NJ. Nielsen
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Jacen Ives, Kayne Henderson
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Jacen has always hidden his feeling’s from the boy he knew he was meant to love, while Kayne, eighteen and confused, decides to marry his teenage girlfriend to start a family of their own, unaware of the trouble looming ahead. So with one last kiss goodbye he lied, and let his heart walk away – his best friend’s brother.
Six years later, Kayne and Jacen must work together to find out who is trying to destroy their lives—an old jealous unstable boyfriend responsible for assaulting Jacen; or Teagan, overcome with swelling hatred toward Jacen for stealing her ex-husband’s heart?
Wow! One Last Kiss is the first book I’ve read by NJ Nielsen and it definitely won’t be my last! I was immediately swept up into these characters’ lives and the gripping, somewhat bittersweet story they told from the first page to the last word. I easily read this book without stopping from start to finish and craved more as soon as the story ended.
Jacen has always been in love with his brother’s best friend, Kayne. Although Jacen has been forthcoming about his sexuality to his family and friends, he still pines for his secret crush. Jacen knows that his love for Kayne will be one-sided because the popular-bad-boy-Kayne has a girlfriend and would never look twice at a quiet teenager like him. When Jacen finds out that Kayne will be attending a community awards banquet, and Kayne asks Jacen to hang around him, Jacen is thrilled. But Jacen’s hopeful dreams are shattered when Kayne and his girlfriend attend the banquet together and Jacen can’t get a moment alone with him. Frustrated and feeling lonely, Jacen goes outside for some fresh air and hopefully gain a new perspective on things. He’s surprised when Kayne approaches him and gives him a kiss. Although, Jacen is confused by the kiss, he knows it’s the only time he’ll ever have Kayne in his arms, so he relishes every stolen moment he has with him.
Six years later, Jacen has worked hard to have a successful career, but he’s still not able to get past his feelings of love for Kayne. When he finds out that Kayne’s wife has left him and their two children desolate, Jacen immediately jumps at the opportunity to help Kayne and invites him and the children to move in with him until Kayne gets back on his feet. But the more the two men are together; the harder it is for Jacen to hide the love he has for Kayne. When tragedy strikes, both Jacen and Kayne’s feelings for each other come to a head…hopefully before it is too late.
I loved this book! Both Jacen and Kayne are well-written characters that I couldn’t help but love. Both men are far from perfect, but they are truly perfect for each other. They are men I could easily see as someone I would be proud to call a friend in my everyday life. They are both proud, strong men who were realistically written and addictive to read about. I loved Jacen’s determination to live his life as himself, even though he knew some people would judge him for his sexuality. He loves his family, is a faithful friend and has a beautiful heart that makes him very attractive.
Kayne was also a character that I really loved. Although he’s been a victim of his own making, he realizes that he wants Jacen in his life, and it’s his determination to build a life with Jacen that made me adore him. At times Kayne could be very complex and confused, but in the end, he’s willing to push past his fears to be with Jacen. Both characters go through changes and evolve throughout the novel, and it was amazing watching these two characters finally working their way to be together.
If you are looking for a romantic, sweet and well-written story, One Last Kiss Goodbye is definitely the book for you. I loved spending the day with these characters and I can’t wait to read more books written by this author. Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi