Title: Never Too Late
Author Name & Publisher: J. P. Bowie (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 5, 2016 — 73 Pages
Knocking fifty isn’t bad enough? Jared Haas gets a double whammy when his doc tells him he needs a hip replacement. Can a hunky but too young paramedic smooth the way to recovery?
Jared Haas isn’t happy. On his own for more than two years after his partner of twenty years, Daniel, died, he’s knocking fifty and now his athleticism is threatened by, of all things, a hip replacement. How to make a guy feel really old! At least there’s eye candy nearby in the very nice shape of Steve Forrest, a hunky paramedic who is willing to take more than just a professional interest in Jared’s welfare. The problem is, in Jared’s opinion, he’s too young.
Steve is persistent, though, telling Jared that the difference in their ages isn’t ‘the Grand Canyon of time’. His good looks and sweet nature, not to mention his patience in waiting for Jared to heal before making his move, eventually wear Jared down, and the first time they make love, Jared knows he is lost in lust. Something he never thought possible.
Their idyll is shaken when Daniel’s brother shows up unexpectedly and declares his love for Jared. David has left his wife and his job back in Seattle ready to move in with Jared and claim him as his own. To say Jared is taken aback by this strange turn of events is putting it mildly. How can he tell David he’s completely delusional without breaking his heart?
Here’s another situation Jared never thought he’d have to deal with, only this one isn’t nearly as pleasant, and might prove to be the end of his relationship with both men.
This was a very interesting read. I would consider it a short story but there is a very good story line behind it.
Jared is a 49 year old widower who has to have a hip replacement. He is not thrilled about it but know that is what is best for him. After having the hip replacement he meets a paramedic named Steve that changes everything he thought that he had to look forward too in his life.
Even though this is a short story it is a book that is about starting over when you have but given in to the fact that you will never find love again. You could also say that it is a book about letting go of past hurts and findin the one you was meant to spend the remainder of your life with.
In my opinion Steve is the type of guy that when he sees something he wants he goes after it. He does not let insecurities or anyone stand in his way. He is confident in his job and he will not settle for less than what he wants out of life or who for that matter.
Jared in my opinion, is for the most part a happy and strong individual but he has insecurities about his age so he lets that almost prevent him from being happy again.
These two gentlemen come together and sparks fly off the page. I feel that they were made for each other and even though they have issues that arise, they stick together and stay strong.
Was a good, quick , feel good read. I really enjoyed it.
This book ended much too quickly for me although I do enjoy when an author can write a short story and be able to give you so much information in just a few pages. This was a quick enjoyable read but it does not surprise me as I’ve loved JP Bowie’s Portrait series and Nick Fallon Investigation Series. This was a story of a man who lost his husband and found new love. I really enjoyed getting into Jared and Steve’s romance and loved the bit about David (Daniel’s brother). JP Bowie writing just brings you into the story so quickly and you find it to be very enjoyable.
There are far too few beautiful young paramedics in this world but I would like to think they are all like Steve, the kind and attentive man who transports Jared after his hip replacement.
Beyond the fantasy scenario, I did struggle with this story. Jared’s constant moaning and the insecurities that plague him didn’t make him a terribly endearing leading man. In comparison, Steve is an absolute saint -but I’ve lived a little too long to believe in saintly men.
The David storyline was a little bit overblown and more than a little bizarre, but I did love Jared’s group of friends.
I found the “telling” not “showing” writing awkward and I’d advise readers to request a sample before purchase to ensure they enjoy the writing style.
So, this is a simple short story about a fantasy that becomes a reality. It is a sweet premise that is more than a little bit sexy.
J.P. Bowie was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel – a science fiction tale of brawny men and brawnier women that made him a little suspect in the eyes of his family for a while.
Leaving home at age eighteen for the bright lights of London, he found himself in the midst of a “diverse and creative crowd” that eventually led him to the performing arts. For the next twelve years he sang, danced and acted his way around the theatres of London and the provinces, appearing in shows with many famous British singers, actors and comedians.
After immigrating to the US and living for many years in Las Vegas where he worked for that incomparable duo, Siegfried and Roy, J.P. found himself entranced by the fair city of San Diego where he currently lives with his partner, Phil.