Title: Out of the Past
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Andy Johnson, Steven Billings
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Ten years after a terrible car accident left carpenter Andy Johnson dead, Steven Billings has yet to move on. Though he’s put aside his art to run his family’s foundation—just like his parents always wanted—Steven has never been able to put Andy and the love they shared behind him.
Except Andy’s not dead. And after a long, agonizing recovery—alone—Andy has come to hate Steven, believing Steven abandoned him when things got tough. When a chance encounter at a bar throws them back together again, it’s like the dead have come back to life and the past has come back to haunt them both.
Admittedly, I’m a fan of Sean Michael. I’ve read many books by him and I’ve enjoyed almost all of them. I like his books because his characters are always interesting and he has easygoing, sexy storytelling ability that keeps this reader enthralled with the story he has to tell. Also, Mr. Michael can write many types of stories…from BDSM to Fantasy to Contemporary romance, so you never know what kind of journey he’s going to give you when you pick up one of his books.
Out of the Past is a sweet and sexy story about two men who once had a very intimate, loving relationship, but were torn apart by tragedy and lies. When they run into each other ten years later, they quickly realize they’ve been deceived and the old, loving feelings they have for each other quickly surfaces again.
I really liked this story because of Steven determination to have Andy back into his life. Steven is a go-getter. Once he sets his eyes on something he wants, he doesn’t hesitate. It’s because of this determination that Andy is able to forgive him and deal with the past, as well as, look forward to having a future with the love of his life.
Andy is also a sympathetic character. Because of what he’s been through, I truly felt sorry for him. BUT, having said this, I also admired his strength and determination to achieve everything he did. He and Steven have a chemistry together that will not be denied and I highly enjoyed watching these two characters come together and find love again. I do wish the book had been longer. I would have loved to see them work through all of the obstacles I know they had to deal with, but for a short story, Out of the Past is definitely a satisfying read.
If you are in the mood for a quick, sexy read then Out of the Past is definitely the book for you. There is so much heat between the two men that is the perfect read to keep you warm on a cold, rainy day.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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