by Jay Northcote
Genres: Contemporary, M/M, Romance
Don’t waste a chance at happiness…
Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.
Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.
On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.
It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.
Afterwards, Leo was never sure who had been the one to initiate it. But one moment they were standing, staring at each other in what little light there was, and the next they were kissing. The kiss was a mess of lips and tongue and breath, clumsy and frantic, and Leo had a brief moment of wondering what the hell he was doing. But then Tris brought his hands up to frame Leo’s face, and Leo tangled his fingers in the fabric of Tris’s shirt, tugging him closer and letting instinct take over.
The kiss turned slow, less certain, more like a question now, although Leo wasn’t sure who was asking and who was answering, and he no longer cared. Maybe this was stupid, certainly borderline inappropriate, given the circumstances in which they’d met. But what the hell. Spending time with someone near the end of life’s journey was a stark reminder of the fact that life was too bloody short. Leo wanted Tris, and Tris appeared to want him back, so Leo stopped thinking and allowed himself to feel.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There simply aren't enough words to express how much I adored PASSING THROUGH. It is the amazing story of two men who are brought together later in their lives. Their attraction blossoms into a passionate romance that is only meant to last for a brief moment in time. Neither man is completely comfortable with himself or his life, but change is a scary thing to contemplate and finding the courage to seize the day is easier said than done.
One of my favorite characters in this story is Edwin, Leo's uncle. Although terminally ill, he still radiates life and faces his last days with humor and grace. The friendship and advice he offers the "boys" who he views to be mostly in his care, rather than the other way around, is dispensed with the honesty and dry humor that brings to mind a quintessential grandfather that can always be depended on to tell it like it is!
Full of life, love, loss and healing, PASSING THROUGH is a story about coming to terms with who you are, learning to live for the moment, and cherishing the ones we love. Whether the people in your life are here to stay or just passing through, it's the memories we make that last a lifetime. Deeply touching my emotions, the characters filled my heart with love, voice with laughter, and eyes with tears, it's a reading experience that I highly recommend!
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.