Length: 70,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Designs
Neil isn’t a ghost, but he feels like one. Reincarnated with all his memories from his prior life, he spent twenty years trapped in a child’s body, wanting nothing more than to grow up and reclaim the love of his life.
As an adult, Neil finds there’s more than lost time separating them. Joshua has built a beautiful life since Neil’s death, and how exactly is Neil supposed to introduce himself? As Joshua’s long-dead lover in a new body? Heartbroken and hopeless, Neil takes refuge in his work, developing microscopic robots called nanites that can produce medical miracles.
When Joshua meets a young scientist working on a medical project, his soul senses something his rational mind can’t believe. Has Neil truly come back to him after twenty years? And if the impossible is real, can they be together at long last?
Any Given Lifetime is a stand-alone, slow burn, second chance gay romance by Leta Blake featuring reincarnation and true love. This story includes some angst, some steam, an age gap, and, of course, a happy ending.
3 of 5 Stars
I love books with reincarnation or ghosts of past lovers. The idea of a ‘soulmate’ or love of a lifetime hits every one of my super mushy, feely buttons so I was really excited to read this book. I think I just have a hard time with this author’s writing style…and I’ve noticed it in a couple of previous books as well. I think it’s probably a case of it’s me, not you and I’m having a hard time quantifying exactly what it is that bothers me about it but I almost quit this book a couple of times. Thankfully I stuck with it because at the 42% mark onward, I loved the story (yes, I can specifically tell you exactly when I started liking the story instead of debating giving up on the book).
I love Neil and Joshua’s story once they ‘rediscover’ each other. Neil is quirky and has absolutely no social skills whatsoever. He’s too smart to be among the common folk but he is great with dogs! 😊 He doesn’t really get along with anyone and basically rubs people the wrong way…except for Joshua. Joshua is a normal, every day kind of guy who is initially in the closet when he meets Neil but is immediately taken by him. He falls hard and fast and appreciates Neil’s quirkiness. They are definitely soulmates and when they finally find either other the second time, my heart CLENCHED with the emotions between them.
As I stated above, if you can stick with the story through the beginning that I didn’t really like, the second half of the book is pretty great.
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.