- File Size: 299 KB
- Print Length: 79 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rawmance Publishing (January 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5NZK0A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Loving History Kindle Edition
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This is a story about how life tends to come full circle. Fifteen years ago James broke up with Michael when they were set to study archeology in geographically separated locations. Fast forward fifteen years and these two men are once again in the same place but are they in the same head and heart space? Michael’s plan to go to school was derailed when life interfered. Instead of becoming an archeologist, he is now a tour guide in the Hohokam ruins. James, is now Dr. Pearson, a successful archeologist and recent staff addition to the same museum.
The story of their reunion is written with such intensity I kept mixing up the two main characters. It takes a lot to create the image of where one ends the other begins in my head, but Chris McHart has done so with great success. The story flows well and the editing is superb. My only criticism is the cover. It truly detracts from the story and combined with the title may deter potential readers who are browsing through for something new. Don’t judge the book by its cover. This is a sweet short story with a quick, comprehensive plot, and an ending that will surely grab your heart.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I want to be able to say I loved this book, but it just wasn't for me.
If all you are interested in is a short fluff, with a HEA, then you may enjoy this story. Even if novellas and short stories, I prefer more character development. The sex was hot, though, if that is all you are chasing.
I felt the pacing was a bit confusing, and the character development was pretty non-existent. We saw a small backstory, a small description of where they are now, and then an oh-so-fast coupling, and back into bed after 15 years. I didn't get a feel for either Michael of James, which was disappointing for me. I love a story where I get to know the characters.
Thank you for the opportunity to review this story.
Very romantic and sappy for a MM. There was love and tenderness and a bit of angst but it fell a little flat for me. Honestly I would've felt the same had it been a MF romance. Also, I did not like the cover at all. I would not have chosen this book based on the cover. Though, as a whole, it was a sweet story.
Full review coming soon.
"Loving History" is by author Chris McHart.
My Rating: 3.5
Cover Rating: 1
This is a story of second chance love. Michael and James were once teenage lovers. Truth is, they grew up together but were purely friends until they reached the age of sixteen. When they were eighteen or nineteen, James broke up the relationship with Michael to go overseas to study archeology. Michael would be going to college in California because his family couldn't afford to send him with James. Michael was devastated. James thought he was doing the right thing by 'setting them free' as he explained it. Nothing pisses me off more in a story then when one partner thinks he knows whats best for the relationship.
Fifteen years later we learn that Michael suffered many hardships in his life and as a result, he never left Arizona. His opportunity to go away to college was lost. From the first pages, I knew Michael had a tenuous life. He was living less than average circumstances; paycheck to paycheck. Seeing how Michael ended up I decided then I didn't like James. He broke Michael's heart. He never once contacted Michael to see how he was doing.
When James returns to town, after fifteen years, to accept the archeology position at the museum Michael currently works at, they are stunned to see each other. Michael realizes how bitter and angry he still is over James abandonment and he wants closure. James missed Michael so much. No one ever owned his heart like Michael had. James was devastated and filled with regret when he learns of all Michael suffered through the years. He was especially upset to learn that Michael never got the chance to go to college and pursue his own dreams of being an archeologist. Alongside his guilt for leaving and hurting Michael so badly, James realizes he never stopped loving Michael. James wants them to be together again but Michael does not want to trust James again with his heart.
What follows is the story of how these two find their way back together. It wasn't easy; James had to work very hard and be persistent to prove to Michael he would never leave him again. I was so happy that Michael didn't make it easy for James. James eventually won me over. By the end of the book, he redeemed himself.
There was a time that I didn't want to read MM. But over the past year, I introduced myself to a few authors who write this genre and I loved it. That said, I need to be honest and add that I would not have chosen this book based on the cover. I think a different cover AND title would go a long way in selling more copies. Would I read more of this author? Yes. I don't judge by one or two books. And the story was sweet.
After James broke up with Michael, did Michael close himself off from ever feeling close to anyone again to avoid feeling that pain, or did it just not happen despite his efforts to find love again? It was never clear to me... Did James not find love because he was too busy, or because he always compared everyone to Michael and they never measured up? And then, when they met back up, the 15 years between 18 & 33 are pretty formative and for them to immediately fall back into their old patterns of behavior so comfortably seemed odd to me. I could see them naturally reacting to their 18 year old expectations and finding that, while similar, the other had changed enough for them to need to find a new normal between them, but that just never seemed to be the case.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a short and sweet 2nd chance romance.
No complicated storyline no twists no huge drama just a 2nd chance at love as life got in the way...Read more
James and Michael knew each other in school.Read more
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