Review: Until My Whole Life Could Belong by Amy Lapine
Publish Date: January 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher
Chase Parker never imagined he’d run into his high school adversary, Mitch Ramsay, on a commuter train. Four years can do a lot to change a person, like Mitch developing a fascination with Italian poetry and Scrabble, or playing defense for the Detroit Red Wings. One thing hasn’t changed, however: Mitch is still in love with Chase, and he’s not going to settle for less than everything from Chase in return. While the history they share isn’t all positive, apologies and honesty might give them a second chance at happiness.
A novella that may have worked better for me if it had been a longer story.
We learn that the characters love each other because of their history but not really why they do. I’m curious how their high school interactions went down because I’m left with a lot of questions.
I loved the accidental meet up after five years but then things just went too fast and didn’t feel authentic at all. I loved the idea of this and the characters intrigued me but the sex felt very clinical and rote for me and the protestations of love didn’t ring true despite the torches each men carried for the other over the years.
My favorite part of the story was the scrabble game which was so clever and fun. I liked the author’s writing style and I’d check out another story by them but sadly size restrictions lead to too much condensation of character, motivations and chemistry for this one to really work for me.
I’m giving Until My Whole Life Could Belong a C-