By Annabelle Jacobs
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.
Refreshing. Romantic. Realistic. Touching. Poignant.
Always Another Side is extremely well written. This is a beautifully done true-life relationship-based story. Jack and Tyler are two mature men who have experienced heartbreak – Jack has recently broken up with his partner of many years after his significant other cheated on him and Tyler has never successfully been involved in a long-term relationship (not sure why not, because he’s a gem!). Jack isn’t sure he wants to jump into another relationship, but he agrees to have dinner with friends to meet Tyler. The two find they have a lot in common and enjoy one another’s company, so they give it a go and find themselves heading into a steadily evolving relationship. They both realize the importance of communication and honesty, but it seems they spend a great deal of time analyzing every little thing to avoid potential problems. Tyler also struggles with trying not to rush things. The conflict, vulnerability and raw emotion these two grapple with as they keep moving forward is a testament to their healing and growing process.
It’s easy to connect to these two: they’re average people who have real jobs, real families, real problems, and a real life, right down to the aches of pains of getting old. Jacobs delivers a truly satisfying and heartwarming read. I loved Jack and Tyler as individuals and as a couple, and they are definitely a couple you can see living their HEA together. This is a second chance romance not to be missed.
Tyler and Jack are so right for one another. They are a comfortable – and comforting – couple, friends AND lovers, and average, everyday people.
Yes. Jacobs does a brilliant job crafting a believable and authentic relationship-driven romantic story.
Originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on June 8, 2016.