Two years after the death of his wife, Aubrey Hendricks is still weighed down by grief. He can’t focus on anything beyond working at the family farm, First Light. At the urging of a friend, he takes a step toward resuming a normal life and reopens the bakery his wife once ran. He places a Help Wanted ad in the local paper, and to his surprise, an applicant shows up the next day.
When Oliver Hansen gets a second chance at life, he grasps it with both hands. Leaving his stressful life in New York, he plans to enjoy the simpler things. Driving to Heartsville in the Pocono Mountains to thank his heart donor’s widower is a top priority. But the brusque man with the melancholy eyes strikes a chord in Oliver. So when Aubrey mistakenly believes he’s there to apply for the bakery job…Oliver takes him up on the offer.
As Oliver busies himself with the grand reopening, he and Aubrey establish a tentative friendship, which soon shifts to blazing attraction. Oliver falls hard for him, yet he can’t help but wonder if Aubrey’s feelings are an attempt to maintain a connection to the wife he’s still mourning. And Aubrey is unsure if Oliver will tire of the slow pace in Heartsville and go running back to the city he loves. The two must successfully navigate the stormy waters of grief, doubt, and their very different lifestyles, or they risk losing both their hearts—again.
—Please note: This is in the same world as our MMM, LAST CALL, except FIRST LIGHT is MM and a complete standalone.–
I’m gonna be honest here and admit to not having read the first book in this series, “Last Call“. I don’t exactly know why, since I often read books out of order. I will probably go back at some point and catch up. Thankfully this one can be read as a stand-alone.
When I started this one I was a bit worried since this book has one of my least favorite tropes…” the deceased spouse”. I shouldn’t have though, it was all very nicely dealt with. Even though Aubrey was still grieving some, he wasn’t wallowing in it and he was ready to move on…
There was some angst but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I think this was mostly because we were dealing with older men…NOT OLD…just olde. 😉 I also think the purpose of the story was beautiful…I won’t go into it further because of spoilers, but I thought it was a very beautiful thing…
This was a very sweet, slow burn, but for some reason, there was something missing for me…I can’t put my finger on it, but it stops me from giving it a full 4 stars…
This review is cross-posted on Wendy´s Wycked Words