Dale and Adam were best friends in high school. Dale was out and Adam was straight. Dale had become very adept at hiding his feelings for his best friend until the night of graduation and the first time Adam kissed him. Dale thought they were going somewhere but Adam was enlisted so he took his one night fling and left Dale behind.
Fast forward to their ten-year reunion and a similar situation however Adam was married this time. Adam’s marriage was on the outs so he hooked back up with Dale but when the wife called and things were worked out, once again Dale was left with empty promises.
Now it is time for their 20 year reunion and Dale swears he won’t fall into the same trap again but once he sees Adam all of his unresolved feelings come boiling to the surface. Adam wants to talk to him and try to explain but instead of talking they have sex. Same situation, ten years later. This time though Adam wants to try to be friends. He insists that they need to keep in contact so they do. After several times of meeting up and hanging out the sexual tension explodes and they end up right back in bed.
Both men agree that they can try the friends with benefits thing but eventually it becomes too much for Dale. He is in love with Adam and he is tired of that sick feeling he has all of the time. Dale wants more, needs more but he doesn’t know how to tell Adam without completely breaking things off. Adam is retiring and Dale goes to the retirement ceremony as one last time to see him but Adam blows everyone out of the water with a declaration of love for Dale. So sweet in the way it happens, Adam reveals his feelings for Dale and asks him to give them a chance. Since that is all Dale has ever wanted he happily accepts the offer.
Adam has been through several failed marriages so I still have questions about his ability to commit. It almost would have worked for me if he had passed it off as Dale really being the love of his life and all of his marriages had not worked for that reason. I am a sap like that. The second marriage caused Adam to turn his back on Dale at their ten-year reunion so I know that excuse wouldn’t work. It wasn’t said if Adam went back to his wife because of DADT or if he genuinely loved her and wanted to make it work. I got the impression it was more for making it work with his wife which made me doubt Adam’s final declaration of love just a bit. How could he say that he made his biggest mistake in leaving the one that he loved, Dale, yet not pursue anything for 20 years?
I hope Ms. Witt gives us more books in the series, maybe Owen?, so I can have some follow-up on Dale and Adam. The way Adam comes out to everyone was very sweet and I felt like it was what Dale needed at the right time. Overall, this was a good book and I enjoyed it. I always love revisiting Ethan and Rhett; for some reason they really appeal to me. Ms. Witt is consistently one of the best m/m authors for me and this book didn’t disappoint. Final grade- B
“So, um, you still a baseball fan?”
“Am I still a baseball fan?” He shot me an incredulous look. “That’s like asking if I’m still a fan of sex or breathing.”