As soon as he graduated high school, Paul Thompson fled the tiny, heavily Ukrainian town of Liddon, Saskatchewan, for bigger and better things. Now in his late thirties, Paul owns a struggling art gallery in Toronto. His grandmother’s one-hundredth birthday is approaching, and Paul will return to place where he grew up for the first time since he left.
The town—and the province—don’t match Paul’s memories. Have they changed? Or has he? He reconnects with Dylan Shevchenko, an old friend who now teaches phys. ed. in Regina. When Paul learns his grandmother had an Aboriginal son he never knew about, he wonders what else he missed while he was away. Did he make the right choice all those years ago? He receives the rare opportunity to start over when he discovers a gallery for sale in Regina. He’s faced with a choice between his youthful dreams in the big city and making a life with Dylan in a place that somehow finally feels like home.
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Wheat Kings and Pretty Things by G.S. Wiley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really liked the things with coming home after years away from it, and found your first crush and the one who crashed your heart million years ago at the same time.
But I didn't really get into Dylan and Paul's relationship, I need more 'intimacy' between the two men after separated for that long. Not only sex, but something's missing. The chemistry?
I have no idea. It's just I need more of Dylan and Paul, instead of Paul's family secret and his gallery.
I know, I'm greedy for romantic moments, I didn't find it here it frustrated me.
Overall, this was and okay read, not memorable enough for me, sorry.
*Dreamspinner press provided the ARC for an honest and fair review.*
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