Original Title: Always Another Side
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Self-published
Number of Pages: 236
First Sentence: “No.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.
This was such a lovely story. I loved the fact that it depicted the fact that romance can be just as scary and romantic when you are a proper adult, just like it is when you are a teenager or a young adult/new adult. Also loved the fact that it portrayed adults as able to live an exciting life, and that being over 30 doesn’t mean that you have to be settled down with a spouse, two kids, a pet, a nice house, a steady job and a life made up of routines. Instead, it depicts adult life like it is for real. Really lovely, and it felt like a breath of fresh air.
What I loved the most was the fact that the romance wasn’t as dramatic as it can be in young adult books. Sure, there is drama and some miscommunication, but they also clearly state that they need space and some time to think and then they can talk it out. Jack and Tyler were both absolutely lovely and I enjoyed getting to know them. Their friends were a nice addition to the story and brought some depth to it.
The plot then. This story presented two of the three sides of cheating. The one being cheated on, and the one being the one the cheater cheats with. This book discusses the fact that both of these are victims of the cheater. Often the one the cheater cheats with isn’t aware of being the “mistress” or the other man in this case. This shows that both of these can be just as traumatic and scarring. I loved that, and the fact that the “other man” wasn’t villainized as some sort of evil Don Juan out to ruin a happy relationship. Really well done and very interesting to read.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.