Who wouldn’t want a second chance? Thaine Russell is a bull rider on the rodeo circuit. After a tragic accident where he was trampled by a bull, Thaine wakes up in the hospital having forgotten the last five years of his life. He asks the kid hanging around his bed to call his boyfriend “JJ” (Jerry Wortmeyer) for him, not realizing that the kid is his current boyfriend, Drew Zucker. A distraught Drew, after consulting with Thaine’s doctors, agrees to having Thaine’s best friend, Jesse, call Jerry to see if he will come.
Jerry has carried a torch for Thaine, despite their nasty breakup. Heading to his bedside, he is forced to play the role of boyfriend/lover in the hopes of helping Thaine recover. The two easily fall back into their intense physical relationship they had before the breakup.
Drew finds himself suddenly homeless and forced to rely on Jesse for a play to stay. Little does Drew know that Jesse has been harboring feelings for the younger man and is more than willing to offer him a shoulder to cry on.
As each of these four men deal with the aftermath of Thaine’s accident and his lost five years of memories, they find themselves making new memories…but what happens if and when Thaine remembers again?
Amnesia is one of the most overused tropes in romance stories – one that I typically avoid at all costs because it tends to be too “soap operish” but, when I saw that one of my favorite go to authors had this book coming out, I jumped at the chance. What I didn’t realize is that this story was originally published in 2006 by Torquere Press and has been re-released through Dreamspinner Press. I figured it out fairly quickly when the times/dates seemed to be a bit off.
Basically, this is the story of four men whose lives are thrown into limbo when one of them is injured in a bull riding incident and loses his memories of the last five years. Thaine and Jerry had a very volatile relationship when they were together. Despite their love for one another, they both were too stubborn to stick it out and work together. When Thaine walked out that last time, Jerry refused to chase after him. Now that they are back together – for the purpose of helping Thaine recover his memories – the two easily fall back into their routine of arguing and making up.
Drew is devastated by the loss of Thaine’s memory, especially since the time he can’t remember is the time that the two of them have been falling in love with one another. One accident and his entire world is turned upside down as he is now homeless and the love of his life doesn’t remember who he is. Forced to rely on Jesse for a roof over his head while they wait out Thaine’s recovery, Drew realizes that maybe Thaine really isn’t the love of his life as he begins to fall in love with Jesse.
Out of the four characters, only two were tolerable enough for my tastes. There was nothing nice or sweet about Thaine or Jerry, so it made it really difficult to want to see them have any sort of happy ending. As for Drew and Jesse, once I got over the whole icky-ness of Drew being in love with Thaine and falling for Jesse drama, their relationship was really sweet and spicy.
Speaking of spice – I can’t believe I am going to say this…but honestly, there were just too many sex scenes. We’re talking that there seemed like there were more sex scenes than there was actual story line. Granted, there were two couples going at it, but still.
Overall, I really wasn’t a fan of this story at all. If you like stories where they read like an erotic soap opera, you may find this is the book for you.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.