Paul Summerfield is stunned by the gentle reminder it has been over a year since he and his partner, Evan Akkerman, have made love. He vows to take Evan out for Valentine’s Day. Dinner and sex. Lots of sex. There’s only one catch—he’s supposed to be in San Francisco that week cataloging the art collection of an important new client. No problem, he’ll just change his schedule and cut his trip short by a day.
In San Francisco, Paul struggles with regrets and the fear his love is slipping away from him. Every call to Evan seems only to prove the distance between them is increasing. All this, and a key piece of his client’s catalog is caught up in customs. To keep their Valentine’s date, Paul will have to choose between the career he’s built over fifteen years and the man he’s loved for just as long.
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4.5 stars. So worth the time. This short story had me contemplating things well after I was finished. It spoke of complacency and letting life take away from what is truly important. Paul has allowed his job to displace Evan for far too long. I like that Evan accepted his own role is the way their relationship had slipped into neutral. I think my favorite thing is that these guys have been together for 15 years and both are more than willing to fix things without acusations. Just a very well done book. Adult read
This Valentine's novella isn't about new love, but about rekindling the love you already share. In this case it's with Evan and Paul, together 15 years, but truth be told they've fallen into a rut (as many committed couples do). Paul works long hours and travels a lot with his job cataloguing art collections and Evan is the backbone of his support, taking care of the house and all the domestic chores. The more Paul has worked to build his reputation, the less time he's had to invest in keeping his relationship with Evan from becoming one of complacency. When Evan brings up their lack of intimacy in conversation one day, it's a wake up call to Paul as to how long he's been taking Evan for granted. Making plans for a big Valentine's splash to show Evan how important he is sounds great, but when work intrudes once again, will Paul choose love or money? I really enjoyed this story! It's not very long (about 40 pages, so a short story/short novella length) and is told all in Paul's point of view. He's the one with the full time job, travelling around the world and it's quite a fascinating job too, inspecting art collections and cataloguing them for clients. It's never an issue of whether he and Evan love each other - it's just that he's been taking Evan for granted and realizing this, he also realizes that if he doesn't change things, he could lose him. We get a good look at his thoughts and feelings as he struggles with how to make Evan feel appreciated while at the same time dealing with the challenges of his current assignment. We do get a sexy scene with the couple as they make their way to a new and better relationship, and a lovely happy ending for the story. It's low angst, but with lots of emotion. Sweet and sexy rekindling of a love that endures. 4.5 stars.