Hardest

Jamieson Wolf
Hardest
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Publisher
Breathless Press
Release Date
March 2011
ISBN
9781926930084
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Owen has tried to live a life without regret. But that's not possible when his heart still grieves.

Years ago, Owen and Daniel parted. Best friends for years, they each gave into their attraction one summer to find love, only to lose it when the summer ended. Yearning to fill the void he feels in himself, Owen has tried anonymous sex, quick flings and dating to get his mind off his first love. But all to no avail.

Even all these years later, even after all the hurt, Owen still carries a torch for Daniel. The only problem is, Owen can't find him. So when Daniel tracks Owen down and finds him in a bathhouse, everything Owen thought he knew is about to change forever.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Apr 26, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
92 people found the following review helpful
HARDEST by Jamieson Wolf opens with Owen breaking out of a relationship. We learn right from the start that he is unable to maintain any significant commitment because his first true love, Daniel, a love from his youth, is the one whom none can measure up to. He seeks comfort, albeit fleeting, in one-night stands, but in the end, it is just a momentary relief from the overwhelming sense of emptiness he lives with. When Owen goes to Glory, a local bathhouse, the last thing he expects to find is the true love of his life, the one he's been waiting for all along.

This was a short story and as such, it is expected that there are certain gaps that we must fill in as readers. The sex in this short story was red hot…a perfect snippet of m/m eroticism. The story leading up to the sex is also well-developed, exploring Owen as a character and his emotions.

There were a couple of things that made this story a bit too convenient for me. One being that Daniel conveniently showed up at Glory and reconnected with Owen. Another being that after more than a decade of separation, they immediately fall into heated love. While a nice dream, it was less than believable. Of course, I'm sure the story was not meant to be terrifically believable, but given the fact that this short story still fell into the category of contemporary romance, a certain level of authenticity must be maintained. Personally, I think that if Mr. Wolf had lengthened the story just a bit to draw out the reunion, it would have satisfied my need to see how the two characters reconciled their separation and the emptiness they had both experienced in their lives.

Overall, the story was an enjoyable, quick read. I was sitting by the pool, making sure the kids were playing nicely, and this was a perfect length to lay back, soak in the sun, and enjoy.
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