Title: Chasing the Sun
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed. After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.” Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.
What type of book is it? A May/December romance, book two in the Province series – but is a great stand alone book.
What is it about? This is a story about growth and internal search… a journey of self discovery and the chance for a happy, fulfilling relationship for fifty year old Doctor Gil Kelly.
Though Gil became the doctor he always wanted to be and he had been married with two children now in their thirties, his life was built on denying who he was. Five years after his sexual preferences were made public by a vengeful ex-wife, Gil finds himself still lonely. His adult children are estranged, friends have fallen away and he keeps to himself with the exception of meeting the occasional man on-line.
In comes Tom, his son’s childhood friend.
Tom has been waiting for Gil to find himself and make the stumbling steps to get on with his life. With Tom’s support, Gil reaches out and together they start a live together.
That is, if the town, the ex-wife and Gil’s children will allow it.
The best bit was... when Gil and Tom announce themselves at a charity. This point in the story showed everyone’s point and it was wonderful how the author blended it all together for a powerful, realistic ending. The chaos, the healing and the heat… just wow. I didn’t want to put the book down.
I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves May/December romances, internal conflict over past mistakes and those who like a hero who is older.
I haven’t read anything by this author before. Based on reading this story, I want to go back and catch the first book in this series – When Love Takes Over, which is based on Gil’s son Zach.
Reviewed by: Dawn