#REVIEW TOUR — Always Another Side by Annabelle Jacobs + Giveaway
Annabelle Jacobs - Always Another Side - Review Tour & Giveaway
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Release Date: June 3 2016
Length: 60,000 words
Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner
hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take
Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired
of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s
honest, with no hidden surprises?
Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and
Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s
worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.
Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound
Everyone said their goodbyes, and Jack tried not to notice the blatant, knowing looks being
passed around. He had no doubt he’d be getting some nosy texts later. On the plus side, at least
he wouldn’t be the only one.
Now it was only the two of them, they wandered into the bar area and snagged a small table by
the fireplace. It wasn’t lit—the late-April weather had been far too mild to warrant an open fire.
The Saturday-night crowd from earlier had clearly moved on to somewhere else, and the room
had quietened considerably.
“Thanks for offering me a lift.” Tyler smiled and took a sip of his drink. “I wasn’t ready to leave
“Me neither.” Jack had bought another Coke, and he ran his finger down through the
condensation on the outside of the glass. “I have to admit I was a bit—a lot sceptical about
whether or not this was a good idea.”
Tyler glanced up and met his gaze. “Meeting me?”
Jack’s smile was wry. “I was talking about the whole blind date thing, but yeah… I guess it was
meeting you in general.” He cringed as he said it, perhaps not the best thing to say to someone
whom you were hoping to go out with again. And despite Jack’s misgivings and preconceptions,
he liked Tyler.
Tyler cocked his head to one side and frowned, as though he wasn’t sure how to feel about
that. Jack had probably offended him, because no one liked to hear that sort of thing. But then,
he’d offered to drive Tyler home so they could spend more time together—alone—so Tyler must
realize Jack wanted to get to know him better. Or maybe not. If Jack had learned one thing from
his breakup with Simon, it was that communication was key. Never assume someone knew what
you meant or what you were thinking.
“I know that sounds bad, and it’s nothing personal. Christ, I’m pulling out all the clichés tonight,
but it really was a case of it being me and not you.” Jack laughed and scrubbed a hand over his
face. “Shit. Just when it was going so well. I’ve managed to fuck it up, haven’t I?”
This is a feel good story that really makes you smile through most of the book. The blurb does a great job of letting the reader know what to expect and the story takes off with Tyler and Jack getting ready to meet up on a blind date with the help of their friends.
Jack’s facing new experiences, making new decisions, and having to start over at a place in his life he never saw coming. After a long-time partner leaves him behind, Jack continues to mope and feel sorry for himself forcing his best friend, Zena, to take measures into her own hands and set up a blind date.
Tyler’s experiences may be a little different but he’s also bristling from a breakup and his friends want to see him get back out there and stop hiding away.
They start off a little rocky, both out of practice flirting, each making corny and comical pickup lines but it starts to show a freshness and spontaneity between them that they haven’t felt in a long time. Trying hard to not get ahead of themselves and fall into old patterns they take things slow, lunch dates through the week, dinners on Sunday, and over the course of several weeks they really like each other.
It’s great to be laughing and enjoying themselves again. They’ve spent far too much time second guessing every decision and every move in the past and they decide to just go with it. Never being as honest and as open as they are now - starting out - they realize that while it may be a little uncomfortable, at first, at least they know where they stand with each other.
They both agree taking it slow is the best way, however, they are very attracted to one another. A slow burn can easily turn into a fully engulfed explosion and once they take the plunge they are both reminded they still have what it takes to turn a partner inside out. It’s a very heady feeling and one that helps lift the spirits of both men. Just when things are really starting to pick up speed, Tyler finds something that he can’t get past. And, as luck would have it, it will be worse for Jack. Will they get past this new information? Or will it be the end for Tyler once again?
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and the way that I was pulled into the story in a short amount of time. Always Another Side is little over 100 pages with little to no angst and I thought the author really had the characters fleshed out nicely giving the reader a real look into each one. There are some great secondary characters, as well, that were not only funny but really helped to bring the story to its full potential. A very enjoyable read that I would recommend to others. 4.5 Stars
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An
avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own
stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds
filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may
have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
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