A Simple Romance

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Title : A Simple Romance

Author : J.H. Knight


Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)

Genre : M/M, Contemporary

Length : 217 pages (e-book)

Published : March 13, 2013




Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.

However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.


Skip who had been in a relationship with his partner Monty for 8 years gets the shock of his life when all of a sudden his partner doesn’t want to be with him anymore, and not only does he not want to be with him but he’s already found someone to replace him. Skip is a mess, he’s hurt and completely heartbroken. After three months he’s decided it’s time to make a change. He packs up and heads back to his hometown to stay with his mother and try to figure out what to do with his life.

When Skip decides to take a job at his old high school he encounters the boy he had a crush on in his senior year, also the boy he made a fool of himself in front of.

Skip and Paul become friends and after a night on the town and a weekend in Paul’s bed, you know there’s something special going on between them.

As the relationship between Skip and Paul continues to grow, Skip gets more and more freaked out. He’s so afraid of getting hurt that he won’t even attempt to think there’s anything more between the two of them then friends with benefits. He’s afraid to hope because in his mind he’s already waiting for the break up.

I think his sister said it best when she said :

“But it’s all about hope. Hope and love and fun and trust, and all those go better together.”

It’s just to bad that Skip won’t let things fall into place for them. He just cannot get over what happened to him and when things finally explode Paul wonders when he’ll stop being punished for what Monty did.

It takes some time alone for Skip to finally realize that he’s messing up the best thing that’s ever happened to him and he needs to make it right.

This was a sweet read, full of love and passion and plenty of humor. It was as the title states A Simple Romance.

I do have to say that the supporting characters in this book are fantastic! His mother Maggie is a hoot, his best friends Faith and Johnny are pretty awesome and his sister Katie is in a league of her own. The book would have been pretty plain without them in it.

I loved it and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Rated 4.5 stars by Jen


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