Title: Never Too Late
Author: Sloan Johnson
Publisher/GR Link: GR
Genre: MM Contemporary
Vice: OFY, Children, Accident
Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Impressions: I really like it! Classy and gorgeous.
Best Line: "I'll be here as long as you'll let me."
Synopsis: Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I've been told, it's only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.
Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.
Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.
I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?
Impressions: This story is told in alternating points of view. I really enjoyed getting to know both MC’s and to hear things from their individual POVs. When I first met Jagger and Michael, I saw them through Dax’s eyes, and I, like Dax, felt like Michael was an out of touch parent. When I saw the world through Michael’s eyes I had a whole different perspective. I love a story that keeps me on my toes and makes me evaluate things differently with every chapter, and this book certainly does that.
I also really appreciate stories with kids when the kids are written realistically, and Johnson does a great job at that too! The kids in Dax’s class, along with Jagger, were adorable and endearing.
Most of all, I really loved the love story that is at the heart of the story between these two men. Johnson always delivers a great love connection, and this books was certainly not exception!