Title: Autumn Changes
Series: Seasons of Love 03
Author: B.G. Thomas
Length: Novel (266 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 24th 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Asher Eisenberg is a brilliant actor, destined for fame and fortune. But a traumatic incident in his past has caused him to reject his Jewish heritage and hide from everyone behind walls of arrogance and selfishness, and he blurs his loneliness with a lot of sex and alcohol. When he meets Peniamina Faamausili, however, he strangely can’t stop thinking about the young man.
Peni is struggling with his sexuality, the Mormonism he was raised in, and the Samoan heritage that calls to him. He longs to receive the pe’a—the traditional Samoan tattoos– and learn more of his people’s ways. He has no interest in a man like Asher, who appears to use men and put them aside and whose drinking can’t help but remind him of the drunk driver who killed his father. But he can’t deny his attraction to Asher and finally agrees to a date if Asher can go thirty days without a drink.
Asher is about to go on a journey that will awaken him to his friends, his past, his future, and even to love. But that awakening could well demand the sacrifice of the dream he holds most dear.
Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6294
Review: As the seasons change bringing about changes in the lives of each of the Fabulous Four. Asher is feeling a bit left out or perhaps jealous though he is never excluded in the group. Asher questions his feelings since he has never wanted a relationship. He knows he could have had one at any time he wanted it and he knew Sloan had been in love with him at one time as well, yet now
Sloan has Max. After nearly losing a role he really wanted he finds out how work acquaintances feel about him. The he meets Sloan and Wyatt’s beautiful friend Peni and once again is put in his place. On a thirty-day challenge not to drink, to take Peni to dinner, he finds out one more thing about his life (well, perhaps two, if you count his growing feelings for Peni.)
Peni has recently come out. He is very naïve and learned his sexuality in a harsh way. He doesn’t see what Sloan has ever seen in the full-of-himself Asher other than his looks. Peni falls in easily with the friends, but he longs to have what Sloan and Max and Scott and Cedar have.
Peni longs for THE ONE and a real relationship, but struggles with how it will fit in with his strictly Mormon and Samoan family.
Oh man! This is one heartfelt story of growth, change, acceptance, and love! I was so happy to see the other characters in this story as well, especially Sloan and Wyatt though their parts are rather minor they add just the right touch to the story.
I was really glad to see Asher’s story and it was very different from I had expected. I also loved getting a look at Peni and a bit of Samoan history as well. I will admit the story is a little predictable as far as romance is concerned but done so well…who cares…and I am glad it was!
The story is so well-written and I loved how B.G makes a power punch by repeating one or two words. First, in the context, than in italics as a though the in an exclamation. I could really feel these characters, thoughts, see their actions. Most of the sex is off the page which works very well for this story.
I love the covers for these books!
If you are looking for a feel-good story, one without a lot of heavy angst, a strong cast of characters, a fast-paced story line that reels you in and won’t let you go until the end with very little actual on-page sex…this is for you!
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