Rover by Mel Spenser

Torquere Press

M/M Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60370-675-9

Reviewed by Ley



Patrick McAuliffe knew it was time make a change in his life.  Losing his lover unexpectedly in car accident left him alone and unsure of what to do with his life.  Finally deciding to move back home to Houston to be closer to his family, Patrick finds himself attracted to a younger man who has him wanting things he had not felt in a long time.  Is he ready to let Douglas go and allow in a new love that is so different from the man he once loved.

Sean Riley was getting his life back on track as well, and getting involved with someone was not part of the plan, but his attraction to Patrick is too strong to ignore.  Getting to know Patrick, Sean is certain he wants more from the relationship, only their pasts seems to be getting in the way of their future. 

Rover was really good.  It took me a bit to get fully involved with the story, however, once I got into it I really enjoyed it. Sean was an open and loving person who wasn’t afraid of showing his feelings, while Patrick was leery of allowing anyone to get too close.  I would have thought their personalities would have been flipped because of their pasts. Both were hurt, but in very different ways, so it surprised me that Sean was the more trusting one in the relationship.  Patrick and Sean were very compatible and the age gap between them was not an issue. The major obstacle for them to overcome was the ghosts of their pasts haunting them. For Sean, his ghost was alive and very determined, while Patrick’s were the memories of his deceased lover, Douglas. I really enjoyed both their family units as they came from very supportive families and that was a big positive for me in reading this story.  People looking for a hot romance with a bit of angst and a touch of suspense will enjoy Rover.


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