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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539675262
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- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (November 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2016
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- Language: English
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~This is a modified review. Full review originally posted on BackPorchReader[dot]com 11/21/2016.
I liked my first read by J.M. Snyder and all of these elements ended up working out mostly okay for me.
However, it didn’t knock my socks off.
There were a few disappointments that plagued me while reading and well after finishing.
The theme of Jamie’s reluctance at getting involved with Derek, how it would be bad for him, how he’d be left — again — when Derek decided to return home was repeated way too many times for my liking. Reinforcement of theme is a tactical device in writing, though it should be used sparingly; otherwise, it doesn’t do much to propel a story forward when we keep harkening back to the central problem that is something to overcome.
There are times when first-person narratives work for me, other times I don’t feel like I’m getting a complete picture of the love-interest to embrace him as the Main Character’s One-N-Only. Jamie’s point of view was delightful. But Derek…I never really got him, the appeal, the strength of character, his motivations…or anything that cemented him in the role as perfect partner. I desperately needed more of him, not necessarily through his eyes or omniscience, but a few 1st-person POV tactics to paint a more complete portrait would have made this pairing a bit stronger.
Heat factor - I don’t base my ratings on heat level in romance. Here, there was none. And, it’s not about a want for gratuitous freaky business — the opposite, in fact. The bonds of desire, intimacy, and emotional connection that help cement the love between the characters were missing for me entirely. It wasn’t’ enough knowing that they’d been childhood besties and first loves. With so many years between the then and now…I needed MORE on the Why Now.
There was some stuff to like on these pages with some incredibly sweet moments, some humor that was right up my alley, colorful side characters worth knowing, and evidence of a Happily Ever After, and ultimately some very sound writing that culminated in an enjoyable and mostly engaging read.
Not Another One Hit Wonder is a feel-good, second chance story! Jamie and Derek were so easy to fall in love with, as was their story to find happiness together. I enjoyed this book and loved the happy feeling I was left with after finishing.
Jamie and Derek became best friends as kids and as teens they were still best friends, but also became something more. They fell in love with each other and in Jamie’s mind were meant to be together forever, but Jamie wanted to become something big and he took off to start a band and become a big rock star and their lives go in different directions.
Jamie has taken over his father’s funeral business and is now raising his sister’s daughter after she was killed. Jamie and Riley have a nice little family together, but things change when the lady who takes care of Riley for Jamie passes away. She’s not just any older lady, she was Derek’s mother and now Jamie is bracing himself for Jamie’s return for her funeral. He’s determined to guard his heart and put himself through the pain of losing Jamie again.
Jamie and Derek clearly still have feelings for each other, that hasn’t changed in all the years that have passed and they easily fall back into a friendship. Derek definitely wants more but Jamie is trying to protect himself. It certainly doesn’t help that the sassy little Riley bonds with Derek and quickly too. It’s time for Derek to explain a few things to Jamie and prove to him that he’s back for real, and for Jamie.
I really enjoyed seeing these two work it out and find happiness, they both deserved that and it seemed like they were so meant to be. Even though this was a shorter story, I still enjoyed their journey together. I can easily see myself coming back to this book again when I need a book to make my heart happy! I’m looking forward to reading more from J.M. Snyder!
*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Jamie and Derek met in junior high school, and thanks to Derek’s persistence became best friends and remained that way through graduation. In their high school years, they both took a chance in admitting their attraction and feelings for the other, and their friendship grew to love. Both boys planned to have a future together. Jamie went to college so he could take over the family’s funeral home business and Derek went to New York. The last time Jamie spoke with Derek, he and his band had gotten a record contract and that was the end of him in Jamie’s life.
When Jamie’s sister and brother-in-law died, Jamie adopted their young daughter. He raises his daughter Riley in the childhood home he grew up in and runs the family business as expected. His quiet, normal life comes to an end when Riley’s babysitter dies. She’s not only Riley’s babysitter but also Derek’s mom. Jamie thinks he’s prepared to see Derek again after twenty years, but like when they’re young, Derek decides that he wants something more.
This is a sweet, short story about long-lost best friends and lovers being reunited and once again finding love. This book has an implied HEA, but since their relationship came together at the very end, you don’t see anything more than Derek saying he was staying in town. And there is no sex in this story, on page or off. It really is just a reconnecting of two best friends as told by Jamie’s POV.
Rating: 4 stars