Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: Always Saying Goodbye by Hollis Shiloh

Always Saying Goodbye Title: Always Saying Goodbye by Hollis Shiloh
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published January 15th 2014 by Less Than Three Press LLC
Word count: 13,000

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher


Tired of a life of secrecy with a lover who only seems to want him for the sex, Jeremy opts for a whole new life: new country, new job, and perhaps even a chance to date a beautiful woman he could someday marry. It's exactly what he needs, despite Gavin's last-ditch efforts to convince him to stay, and definitely for the best that they'll never see each other again …

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3.5 stars rounded to 3

The beginning of the story is very confusing. There are too many characters and their relationships aren't very clear. Jeremy is a journalist with a news company in England. His fiancee's company is in the New World and he plans to join his in-laws news company in the US. He would be leaving behind the man he loves, a photographer in the same English company. Gavin loves Jeremy but never actually said the 3 words to him. When Jeremy is leaving, Gavin finally says the words that matter but Jeremy doesn't believe him. 

I love how Gavin eventually won Jeremy over. The story shows that the journey is more important than the destination. It doesn't matter that Gavin said "I love you" but how and when he says it that matters. These MCs are still young and immature when they break up, but years later, when they give each other another chance, their years and sorrows show in their words and that makes their love confession more precious. 

This is a melancholic story that has a HEA ending for its characters. The romance and conflict are subtle compare to the sex. For a short story, the pacing and story telling flows smoothy and logically. Despite the minor confusion in the beginning, this is a very romantic story with love shining through at the end. 

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