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- ASIN : B07M8NQTFB
- Publication date : March 18, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3796 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #144,852 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really think Florian and Enzo are soul mates and are truly meant to be together. I found it really cute how much they were in love with each other in high school, and I love the fact that they fell in love with each other again later on in their lives. It was so heartbreaking to read the flashback of when Florian was kicked out of his home and thinking how both his family and Enzo didn't want anything to do with him, and that was before he had even heard the news about Enzo's hearing loss and spent months trying to get in touch with him. I think everything that happened really tore him apart him and not being able to get in touch with Enzo was probably the main reason he nearly succumbed to depression. I am honestly really glad Raphael and his family were there for him and helped pull him through that hard time in his life. I was literally tearing up during that flashback and all the other flashbacks of Florian when he was still on the streets. Florian is such a sweetheart who only just wants to be happy and make the love of his life happy, that it breaks my heart that he had to go through all of that. I wasn't exactly feeling as emotionally sympathetic with Enzo until I read the flashback of when Enzo woke up, asked his mother repeatedly about Florian and broke down crying when he wasn't able to see him and was made to believe Florian wanted nothing to do with him. I felt really bad for Enzo and Florian during that scene, especially the fact that they had both been lied to by Enzo's family that prevented them from seeing each other.
I will admit some of that didn't make a whole lot of sense and I wish it could have been explained more or we had gotten a bit more closure. Like, why did Enzo's parents lie to them? Was it really to prevent homophobic attacks on their son? I truly thought Enzo's parents really liked Florian like their own son. Why did the attack cause Enzo's parents to argue? Was Enzo's father or mother not as open to Enzo being gay and their relationship as they made them believe? What happened with Enzo's relationship with his parents after his fight with his mom? Did he just never see them or got in contact with them again? Will they end up finding out he's back together with Florian? Why did everyone put all the blame on Florian when the attack wasn't his fault? Why did the attacker target Enzo and hardly touched Florian? Why were there so many judgemental people who didn't believe being BI was a thing? Why did people keep talking about Florian's sex life - especially the threesome he had with Raphael - right in front of him when it clearly made him uncomfortable and wasn't any of their business? Despite that, I do kind of wish they gave more details about it but maybe Raphael will mention it in his book with more details. I also don't understand Patrick's prejudice against BI men, like was he seriously hurt by someone in the past and that is why he doesn't bottom for anyone? I wonder if the guy he had three dates with is the same person he found out was a client. I also think that Adrian is the artist who drew all of those drawings on the wall and his drawing studio was probably behind one of the closed doors as I would imagine that was probably 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, living room, and kitchen apartment with the size of the place. I have no idea why they weren't a bit quieter to accommodate the fact that they had guests, but I felt bad for Florian having about 1-2 hours of sleep that night. I am glad that both Florian and Enzo moved on from their ex's as both of them were very toxic and verbally abusive relationships. I don't know how they could get up the nerve to ask both of them to get back together and say that they missed them after what they did. I do hope that this does lead to them to change their ways, but I highly doubt it.
I will also say I did look up on the authors website on how to pronounce all of their names and it really helped, but I also got to see the pictures of what the characters look like and after I read that Florian wore glasses, I just thought that made him even hotter than he already was.
I will say that I felt Florian's ex could sometimes feel a smidge caricature-ish, BUT people like that DO exist in real life, so I think Florian just had the back luck of finding someone like that. Yikes.
I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a modern romance, set in France, with a healthy helping of bedroom steam from a few different arrangements. ;)
By Rowan Shaw
Rated 5 stars
I loved this....absolutely loved it. I don’t read M/M romances too often but this one intrigued me so I gave it a go. This is so much more than a romance between two people. It actually made me *feel* what it was like to be them....against every prejudice you can Imagine. From outting themselves and just showing affection in public to rejection from family and friends to public ridicule. They had a long road to journey down to get to their happy ending.
Enzo is amazing! So strong and smart! I loved everything about him. He has a heart of gold! His struggle to overcome made him who he became to be. Florian is a different sort of strong. What he had to overcome is not the same as Enzo but caused by the same “accident”. I almost feel he got the worst end of the deal. When they are together it’s easy to see how happy they both become by their smiles and gestures.
This is my first book by this author. I loved the writing..it is so easy to read and I finished this In one day. I couldn’t put it down. It is filled with suspense, charm and many lovely moments. My only complaint would be Enzos family. I felt that was left open ended. But really it’s a small issue in the grand scheme of things. The characters were great! I think I would love a Patrick in my life. He seemed a “no holds barred” kind of guy. I see the next book is out so I will be diving into that next.
I give this story 4 stars.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Top reviews from other countries
Considering the amount of trauma such an attack must have caused two teenage boys - 8 years later there was no real issues or trauma (other than Enzo’s deafness, but he seemed to adapt really easy to that from how we see him in the present day). There’s also a lot thrown in (cheating, homophobia, bi erasure and more) but with little outcome or problems from it.
I did quite like the overall idea of the story, and I’d likely have a look at the next book in the series to see how the author’s writing develops (and in hope for some real true angst and issues).
An ok read - but not on my reread list.
Rewind is the first book in the Rewind Series by Rowan Shaw. It is a emotionally charged M/M, second chances story that pulled me in right from the beginning. The story is a little dark, and very sad in places- and my emotions were battered by what I was reading- but the story is so well written, and the characters were so ‘real’ that I would have walked over hot coals to find out what happens. The drama, chemistry, emotion, and a little suspense was brilliantly woven through the storyline. Ms. Rowan certainly knows how to tell a great story- writing a complex, thought-provoking, moving, memorable, and engrossing story.
Enzo and Florian were the very best of friends, turned lovers, during high school. They kept their relationship secret, until a traumatic event shattered their lives, leaving Enzo deaf and the two on separate courses. Now, a chance encounter reunites the two- much has happened in their lives since they last saw one another, but the sparks are still there. Will they get their second chance, or is there too much in their way to overcome?
A beautiful story about friendship, overcoming obstacles, being true to yourself, self-discovery, second chances, love, pain, heartache, and so much more…..
Bring on Book #2!
Thank you, Ms. Rowan!
I also particularly liked the alternating points of view (even if I must admit that there were a few times when I forgot it had changed until something made it obvious), Florian being bi (even as a person who doesn't really feel "bi enough" to call herself that, it annoys me when people forget that straight and gay are not the only possibilities, so a bi character is always appreciated) and Enzo being deaf (not that what happened to him is a good thing - it's obviously horrible - but I liked what his inclusion in another particular community added to the story and how perfect Florian was with him).
Given a choice, I will always prefer "closed bedroom door" romances but, when I really like the characters and the story, I'm willing to cope with a higher "level of heat" so, as I quickly get attached to both Florian and Enzo, having to read through a few scenes full of what I consider embarrassing details was not a big deal.