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Review – Until My Whole Life Could Belong by Amy Lapine

Review: Until My Whole Life Could Belong by Amy Lapine

Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publish Date: January 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

24190229Chase 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-

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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