I love discovering new authors, It’s like a Christmas gift! I’m sorry to say I hadn’t read anything by Steve Milton, but this will not be the last book I read of his!
Remembering Him is about old high school crushes who moved on in life but never got over one another. How many of us have had a huge crush in high school and thought about them for years. I know I’m guilty of that.
Two totally opposite boys have one sweet history of hidden passion.
One of the men in this romance is the handsome, popular jock Baxter Rawlins. He’s an only child and is being groomed to take over the family business from his father, JD. The one thing he has to keep secret is his love for Andy Silver. He has to hide Andy from his friends, his teammates, and his family. When he goes off to college, he leaves without so much as a “wham bam, thank you, man.” He’s so in the closet that ten years later and he’s still in denial with an ex-wife to prove it.
The shy nerdy Andy is the kind and sweet boy who lived out and proud. He’s the only child of a single mom who loves and supports him. Andy knows he’s Baxter’s “dirty little secret,” but he’s willing to pretend friendship to get those stolen moments between them. He’s devastated when Baxter leaves and never returns.
One thing I don’t do is give spoilers, but I will say a few things about the characters. I loved Andy and his optimistic outlook and his willingness to forgive Baxter for breaking his heart, more than once. Sometimes I wanted to shake Andy until his teeth rattled because he was just too nice. Baxter, though, he was harder for me to like. I wanted to shake him too because he was oblivious and did things over and over to hurt Andy. It was hard for me to imagine how Andy could wipe it all away. Although Baxter is more relatable on some level since he is like most of us, not perfect.
Now for the sex scenes! These two men have a history. They started having sex in high school. Yes, it was like many of us back in the day; hurried and in places parents wouldn’t catch us. But now, they’re older and can take their time. The sex is explicit and HOT! Which, let’s face it, that’s what we want in a romance. So on a scale of one to on fire, it’s blazing.
Here are the only problems I have with the book, and they’re minute. First, I didn’t get to see the ex-wife, Joanna, get the ending she deserved. I understand why he did that, and I sympathize with his point. But still, I’d have given her a little karmic smackdown. But I’m vengeful like that!
Second, the last chapter seems sort of rushed. There was a big turn for a character that seemed too abrupt. I felt like another chapter should’ve been between chapters fifteen and sixteen. Those issues notwithstanding, I still think the book itself was great. The characters were fun, and the storyline has probably played out along similar lines in someone’s life.
I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy a good romance with some heat.
I look forward to reading the rest of Honey Bay’s stories.
Here is the SMOKIN’ hot cover.
Here’s the blurb:
Baxter Rawlins: a real heartbreaker.
He broke my heart ten years ago.
Back in high school, Baxter pretended he didn’t know me. I was a skinny, plaid-shirt-wearing nobody. I was openly gay, but nobody even cared — except Baxter, when he wanted a hookup. That was all a nerd like me could expect from the star quarterback and prom king. He treated me as his shameful secret.
I’ve stayed away from Baxter for a decade now, even when he came back to visit Honey Bay.
I’m older now. Wiser. I know I deserve better. But I can’t stop wishing for another fleeting moment in Baxter’s embrace.
Andy Silver: my one weakness.
Every time Andy smiled at me from under his floppy hair, I couldn’t help myself. How could a nerd in wire-rimmed glasses be so hot?
It was a high school fling. I spent ten years running away from it. My parents never would have understood who I really was. Disappointing my father was out of the question. I couldn’t live the life I wanted, even if I loved Andy more than he ever knew.
Bumping into Andy ten years later was the shock of my life. That shy nerd is a celebrity now? And he works out? I shouldn’t dwell on how much I miss being with him, even if every sight of him sends me there.
I came back to Honey Bay for business. I might stay for a second chance at love.
Remember Him is a 42,000-word small-town second-chances gay romance. On their way to a feel-good happy ever after, a jock and a nerd dodge windmill blades, fog up the windows, and discuss the fine points of timber, lumber, and plain old wood.