Title: Never Too Late
Series: Home in the Heartland #1
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: MM Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2016
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Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I’ve been told, it’s only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.
Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.
Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.
I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?
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I’ve heard from a few people that the connection between Dax and Michael in Never Too Late feels almost instantaneous. Not in the sense that there’s automatic chemistry, but once Michael finds out Dax is gay, he all but pounces on him. Okay, so maybe it’s not quite that quick, but it’s definitely not a slow burn. I’ll admit, this is something I wrestled with when writing the book. Was it too fast? Would it have been better to slow things down since Michael is just starting to explore his attraction to men? Or, as he puts it to his mother and anyone else who tries to label him, his attraction to Dax?
Believe it or not, when I first wrote their story, the reaction was pretty much instantaneous. The problem is it felt to sudden to me, so I slowed it down. When I did, something interesting happened.
I have a great team of beta readers who help me take my words from a rambling pile of nothing into something fit for human consumption. Included in that group are a couple of gay men. Why? Because no matter how creative I am, I will never be a gay man falling in love with another man. That means I have to rely solely on my imagination, and one of my biggest fears is upsetting the very group of people I’m writing about.
What I didn’t expect this time was the two men in the group telling me they didn’t like me slowing Michael down. They thought it was truer to life when he reacted without thinking. Why? Because this was something new and likely confusing to him. If he’d had more time to think about what he was feeling, he may have lost his nerve.
So, what’s an author to do?
Writing is always a balance between what the characters want me to do and what readers want to read. In the end, the only thing I can do is hope I managed to strike the right balance.
I really liked this story a lot. I love the GFY component as well as the past connection of the main characters.
Both characters are going through a bit of healing, although Dax is further along in his healing than Michael. I really liked that Dax got to know Michael despite his initial reaction to him. The relationship these two forged as friends first laid a solid foundation for them to transition to lovers. Dax seems to be exactly what Michael and Jagger are missing. Michael hasn’t worked through any of the issues from either Dax’s accident or the loss of his wife. While Dax seems to be pretty well adjusted after his accident and helps Michael work through some of his issues.
The couple of problems I had with the book involve the dads. I thought Michael’s dad was unapologetically a jerk most of the time but sometimes showed some kindness and caring. I couldn’t figure out whether or not I liked him. I also thought Thomas’ abrupt 180 was a bit unbelievable.
I liked Matt and Justin quite a bit and am looking forward to their story.
Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.
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