- File Size: 980 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: Chasing Rainbows Press LLC (February 14, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079QKNW5L
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The tale of these two men was an emotional journey from the very first page. I enjoyed how the author told the story by using generous flashback scenes but not using too many that they took you out the current scene. Each and every moment between the characters was relevant and heart breaking during their early years and the struggles and triumphs they both had the witness and endure to get to the present was very bit as sad as it was happy.
I'm not gonna lie and say I didn't think about putting the book down and stepping away a few times whilst reading because I did. The angst and anxiety I felt was crippling but the feeling of calm and happiness I got once I finished was worth ever single tear I shed.
In my opinion, Aimee thrived whilst writing this book and I feel like my life is better just by reading it. Second Wind pushed me to my limits and I wish I could go back and read it all again for the first time to experience each and every emotion.
I’m going to start by saying that as I started this book I wasn’t really sure how these two men were going to find their way back to one another. This book spans a good deal of time and that’s not including the very necessary flashbacks so readers understand how much these men meant to each other as children and teens and I respected that the author didn’t rush them back together once the path was clear for them, she gave them both time to absorb the changes in their lives and to accept their new normal before moving into a new relationship.
Twenty plus years after coming out to his parents and being disowned, Rush Holden, has made his home in Chicago and has a career as a photographer. He is thankful for his sister who stood by him and moved with him, his now brother in law and his niece who love him unconditionally. His ten year relationship has a few fissures, but he tends to overlook them as he’s mostly happy and anticipating a marriage proposal and hopefully a few years down the road a baby. He’s not getting any younger and he longs for a family of his own.
Lincoln Hurley left Tennessee and headed to college on a football scholarship, a short time in the NFL and a career ending injury left him, his wife whom he met in college, and their baby setting up house in San Diego and opening a very successful real estate business. He acknowledges he’s had a good life, he’s married to his best friend, and they have two bright, wonderful children who are the light in his life, but he also realizes now that they have an empty nest that his wife doesn’t seem as happy and he knows that part of that is he hasn’t been truthful to her since they’ve been together and despite how much he loves her and their children, he’s been living a lie that he can no longer live.
For over two decades Rush and Lincoln lived their lives; Rush as an out and proud gay man and Lincoln as a devoted heterosexual husband and father, and while they were content, they weren’t truly happy. I loved that as their lives were changing, the memories they had of one another were strong. A chance meeting brought them back together and watching them learn each other as adults, forgive the things that tore them apart, and revisit the love they once shared was mesmerizing. I must say that Lincoln’s ex-wife, his children, and his mother and their easy acceptance of his coming out make me wish that for anyone who feels the need to have that talk with family.
I ran the gambit of emotions reading Second Wind and I fell absolutely in love with Rush, Lincoln, and their friends and family. This is a feel good story decades in the making proving that real love is worth the wait. I loved EVERY minute of this book!
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Aimee writes a great story about 2 best friends from childhood who parted on not so good terms. Rush and Lincoln have shared a lot of firsts—friendship, young love, and heartbreak. Both men at a young age was coming to terms with their sexuality. Rush feel in love with his best friend and thought he would never feel the same back. He didn't know that Linc was having feelings for Rush too. These 2 young men did everything together until Linc pulled away from their friendship and Rush didn't know why. When Linc needs help with school so he can stay on the football team, Rush becomes his tutor. Linc can not keep his feelings bottled up anymore and kisses Rush. Once that happens, Rush and Linc start a relationship that was secret and both men fall in love with each other. They know it can never be public but they give their hearts to each other. They find ways to spend all their time together. When Rush's sister catches them together and tells them to be more careful, Linc pulls away. From that moment on Linc goes on with his high school life and leaves Rush behind.
I loved the way Aimee tells their backstory from flash backs both men have in the present.
With a broken heart Rush moved on with his life. He is out and has really never found a love like he had with Linc. For his part, Linc decides to suppress his sexuality and marry. He always felt that something was missing in his marriage but he never admitted what it was. Linc and his wife get divorced and he is trying to find his way to come out to everyone he loves. They all show him how loved he is but he can't seem to come out in public.
Now it is over 2 decades later and both men have a chance encounter. They are both in different places in their lives but want to reconnect. They go to dinner and talk about their lives but I thought it moved too fast. They went from just seeing each other after 26 years when Linc broke Rush's heart to jumping in bed together. I would have like Aimee to stretch it out more. It would have been better for me to see Linc have to earn Rush's love again and not have him just give in immediately.
The love scene when they get together is hot and Aimee knows how to write a great one.
It was sweet to watch them fall in love all over again as adults and see what issues they have to face but I wanted more angst. Reviewed for Alpha Book Club.