TITLE: You Never Know
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Hagen Wylie and Mitch Thayer
POV: 1st POV
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.
Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.
If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.
You Never Know is a fast-paced read by author Mary Calmes, and one her fans are sure to enjoy. The story is told in the first person by Hagen Wylie and is a story about second chances. Hagen, and our other m/c, Mitch, were high school sweethearts with their lives planned. Mitch would head off to college where he would hopefully catch the eye of an NFL recruiter, while Hagen would catch up to him later. But as things have a way of working the boy’s plans fall apart and so does their relationship.
Fast forward to the present and Hagen has a successful construction company and a secret, friends with benefits relationship with a well-known actor. He is also living with the after-effects of his time in the military. As for Mitch, he went on to find his fame and fortune in the NFL. He married, had two children, and divorced. Then he returned to his hometown to raise his boys and win back Hagen.
I liked Hagen from the beginning and his reaction to finding out Mitch was back as the book starts had me laughing. I loved how he acted as if it was no big deal while those around him were spazzing about it. Even those new to town seem to know the men’s history together and wonder how Hagen is going to react. When the two do meet up again it is done in a way that readers will not expect and lets you see just how strong a connection the two men still have.
Hagen, however, is reluctant to get involved with Mitch again and rightfully so. I liked that the author did not have them start over as if nothing had ever happened. Instead, she makes Mitch work for his chance with Hagen and he even acknowledges that he has a lot to make up for.
While I did enjoy this story, and will be reading You Never Know again in the future, there is one point in the story that I wish would have been different. Although the story covers a short period of time, the story is to the halfway point before Mitch shows up. I would have liked to have seen him and Hagen spend more time together, yet in some ways, it seems that Hagen spends more time with Ash, his friend with benefits than he did with Mitch. While that was a bit of a sore point for me, it did not keep me from giving this book a 4, as the time Hagen and Mitch do spend together was well done.
Those that like Ms. Calmes books are sure to like this one, and for those who have not yet tried any of her books I recommend you give this one a try.
Reviewed By: Lydia
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