The Past Comes Home (Ames Bridge Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Enter Brad, former high school jock and Pax’s brothers best friend. Back in the day, he didn’t know he was gay and would have never broadcasted the confusing feelings he had been having. Especially about Pax. The years have brought them each professional success, but neither has forgotten the other and when Brad returns for the brother’s funeral, all feelings rise to the surface over pie in the sweetest scene ever. Still, wrong place, wrong time and they separate again until Brad’s school reunion gives him a reason to come back. Only, he doesn’t just want to connect with his old teammates, he wants to come out and claim Pax in the process.
There was a lot of sweet in this story, along with the grieving and angst of fighting against homophobia from people they’ve known their whole lives, and I wanted to love it so much. My problem was Pax. My heart broke for him, truly, and he was so deserving of a happily ever after with Brad...but he was so damn stubborn and sure of what he believed—that Brad would never stay—that he did everything to push him away even when he was standing at his side.
What started out a self-protective measure became a brick wall that was frustrating for Brad and as a reader, had me shaking my kindle while I envisioned Pax. Still, the ending as sweet as a Madonna ballad and a frosted cookie put together, and made this a solid comfort read.
The Past Comes Home is Book 2 in Silvia Violet’s Ames Bridge series. You could probably read this book as a standalone but the town where the story takes place and most of the characters appeared in Book 1 so it would be more enjoyable to read this in the appropriate order.
Paxton figured out at a young age that he liked boys thanks to his crush on his brother’s best friend. Pax graduated and moved away from his small town but when his mother had health issues, he ended up moving back. He has an art gallery and teaches art to students and anyone else interested. He has a good life. Paxton is taken by surprise when he hears from Brad who’s coming back to town for his high school reunion. It’s been two years since Pax’s brother’s death and two years since he last saw Brad. Brad is ready to see if there’s anything between him and Pax. The last words he and his best friend shared were him being warned away from Pax. But Brad is ready to settle down and can work from anywhere.
I really liked Paxton and Brad’s characters, though I was frustrated with Paxton’s hot/cold routine. He’d wanted Brad for years and when given the chance, he tried to push him away. That behavior really seemed to come from nowhere and just didn’t make any sense to me. I felt like it was just used to create some type of angst in the story. Instead, it seemed to make the story drag a little and made me lose a little interest in it.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and I loved getting to see a little bit of Beck and Cal and how they’re doing.
Rating: 4 stars
I was already interested in Pax after reading the first book in this series, and for the most part I was happy with him here in this story. My only nit-pick with him was his ongoing negative outlook at how things would be if Brad stays with him in Ames Bridge. It made it seem like Pax thought things would be doomed from the outset without giving it a chance, something Brad is fully prepared to do. I loved Brad, and I was proud of his determination to come out to his hometown friends, as well as his loyalty to Pax.
The story flows well, and Brad and Pax have pretty good chemistry together. I was definitely rooting for them right from the start, so when Pax was pulling out those negative thoughts I wanted to knock some sense into him so he wouldn’t sabotage what could be the best thing to happen to them both.
The Past Comes Home is a good follow up to Down on the Farm, and I liked visiting with Beck and Cal again. There’s also some hinting at who we might expect to see featured in future books in the series, so now my curiosity is piqued for the next story. This book was a 4-star read for me, and I’d recommend it to any M/M romance fan; and while you don’t need to have read the first book in the series before starting this one, you’ll probably want to go back and read it to get Beck and Cal’s story. This one’s meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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Paxton Marshall has crushed on his big brother's BFF since he was a teenager. Brad Watson has been crushing on his BFF's little brother since high school.Read more
This is an enjoyable read with likeable characters that will make you root for their happiness and success.Read more