Title: Autumn Chances (Seasons of Love #3)
Author Name: B. G. Thomas
Publication Date & Length: April 24th, 2015 — 266 pages
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.
This was a story that grabbed me from the first page and held my attention throughout. I couldn’t put it down. There are so many wonderful elements, from the well-crafted plot to the range of emotions. This was definitely one that hit every one of my reading sweet spots.
Asher is a character who begins the story as lovably hateful. What makes him such a delight to read is that everyone around him is keenly aware of how awful he is–everyone but himself, that is. Watching him unfold and heal from his scars was funny and beautiful and heartbreaking. His admittance of his need to change left me in tears of relief and happiness.
Peni, in contrast, is a gentle, honest man. What I loved was learning about Samoan culture through him and how he was able to heal from his own scars. His self-discovery is vastly different from Asher’s, but it’s equally wonderful sharing his triumph at finding his place among friends and celebrating his heritage.
These two men enjoy a slow yet surprising journey toward each other. For me, it was exactly the right pacing for both the love story and the physical culmination of their union. Everything about it left me wanting more.
Although this is part of a series, it was easy to enjoy it as a stand-alone. I’m so glad I took a chance and picked this one up.
He loves science fiction & fantasy, horror, romance and more, has gone to SF&F conventions his entire adult life, and been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He is a “Star Trek” and Joss Whedon fan from way back!
He has written all his life, it is where he finds his joy. In the 90’s, he wrote for gay magazines, but stopped because they wanted him to cut out story and romance, and write only sex.
Then through a few friends, he discovered the growing market of M/M Romance and was thrilled beyond words. FINALLY, a way to write the stories he always wanted to write. Adventure, romantic comedy, science fiction, and more, but with gay characters. And he wouldn’t have to fade to black! People wanted to read the erotic as well. Plot and sex! HURRAY!
B.G. Thomas very much believes in The Law of Attraction and that “thoughts become things.” A lot of things all started happening at once. He heard the words, “Leap, and the net will appear,” and something re-kindled inside. He sent out a story and was thrilled when it was almost immediately accepted.
He believes that we are divine expressions of the Universe, each and everyone. “It is never too late!,” he states. “Pursue your dreams! They will come true!”