Title: Not Every Time
Author Name & Publisher: Alexa Milne (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 15, 2015 – 54 pgs
What would you give up for love?
Raziel Slade and Jack Hastings have been best friends since Raz saved Jack’s life twelve years ago. Jack has spent years searching for the perfect woman with the help of his wingman, Raz, the man he thinks of as his guardian angel. At a company Christmas party, the world Jack thought he knew turns on its axis, and feelings he didn’t know he had punch him right between the eyes. Can Jack learn to see his friend in an entirely different way?
Openly gay, Raz loves his best friend and has given up more than Jack will ever know to be with him, but he’s never dared to tell Jack how he truly feels, or to reveal his true identity. For twelve years, he has waited in the wings.
Now, with Jack’s sudden epiphany, can these two best friends work out if they have a future together?
This book starts off with a bang with great dialogue between two best friends who are getting ready for a party. From the first page the story grabbed me and pulled me in; I felt like I was standing in the room with them.
The scene at the party built a wonderful tension and created a mystery that kept you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.
When the story reached its crescendo and the main characters declared their love for each other it felt like the timing was perfect. Their love story is so sweet.
Since this was a short story I was expecting more of a rush in the plot line, but I was pleasantly surprised that everything happened at just the right time. There was no rush and there was no lagging. The author timed everything perfectly.
The only criticism I would have is that the story hints about who Raz really is but the story never gives any explanation or really says anything about it. Just hints here and there and the one line that is said at the end. I wish the story would have delved into this more.
I would recommend this story because the plot line flows really well, the story is so great, the characters are so believable and the love story is very sweet. It even has kittens.
Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions.
Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing.
She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.