Passing Time

Ash Penn
Passing Time
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Release Date
March 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance

When world-weary Louis Duncan returns to the English town where he grew up, the last thing on his mind is finding love. He's come home to be at his estranged mother's side as she lies comatose in a hospital bed.

The always-sunny barman Jake Harvey yearns to offer Louis much more than a willing ear. After an evening of too much wine, too much Indian take-out, and too much of Jake's soft lips, Louis succumbs to the young man's charms. Jake proves to be a passionate lover as well as a loyal friend.

When his mother's condition deteriorates, Louis leans on Jake to help him through the difficulty of another loss. The love of his life died two years before, but to Louis he remains every bit alive as Jake. He and Carter continue to chat, smoke together, even argue over whether Louis is living or merely existing. They do everything as they always did, except have sex. Now, despite Carter urging him to take the risk, can Louis give up his first real love and take his chances with the living?

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Jun 10, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
140 people found the following review helpful
Louis Duncan and Jake Harvey couldn't be more different. One is older and jaded, the other is young and filled with hope. One sees his life as having happened, the other sees his life ahead of him. The list goes on. Once again, author Ash Penn has provided us with a story in which her protagonists live the imperfect lives of real people. And like real people, they struggle with obstacles in order to discover who they really are…and what they truly want.

At the beginning of the story, we meet Louis Duncan who has come to England to care for his dying mother. In a bar, he makes small talk with bartender Jake Harvey and in an unlikely turn of events, ends up being propositioned by the younger, highly attractive man. What was supposed to be a one night stand turns into a summer long romance, but this romance doesn't cause Louis and Jake to float on air. Instead, both deal with bumps and disappointments. It isn't until the end when we find out whether Louis can overcome his hang-ups and whether he isn't too late to win Jake over.

I have read Stray also by Ms. Penn and while reading that book, I emailed her as to her why she chose to represent such uncharacteristic heroes. The flaws and negative traits within her characters are major components of her style, which is at once refreshing and surprising. Her answer has stayed with me. She said something along the lines of, "I write imperfect characters because I like to read about them and no one else seems to have them out there."

To her credit, there is a unique quality to the way Ms. Penn develops plot and character. While all authors infuse conflict and tension, there tends to be a greater-than-life quality to the characters in most stories…mine included. In PASSING TIME, both characters are excruciatingly real, flawed, and human. There isn't anyone who would read this book and not identify with the two characters from some point in their own personal lives. This connection that comes so easily when reading PASSING TIME is what makes the book an enticing read.

Filled with angst, heat, and chemistry, the electronic pages turned quickly as I continuously delved into the character's lives, hoping for the best, but never knowing what to expect.

The only thing I found myself wanting more of as I read was the sex and the heat as the couple physically came together. With that said, the sex was believable and contributed to the story. There was nothing gratuitous about the sensuality in this book. It all served a purpose.

Once again, a great book by a great author.
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