Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Review - (Just Like) Starting Over – Pepper Espinoza


Back Of The Book

After a horrible car accident, Guillermo “Guy” Rivera doesn’t even remember who he is. Suffering from amnesia, bound to a wheelchair with a broken arm and a broken leg, he relies on his in-home caregiver, Dane Mathis, to help him with everything from bathing to eating. Guy wants Dane to be more than just a caregiver, but Dane keeps his distance.

Six months after their relationship ended, Dane Mathis drops everything to help Guy put his life back together. It’s difficult to treat Guy like a stranger, but he knows he must not give in to his deep desires. He won’t risk Guy’s anger by revealing the true nature of their relationship. Or the reality of their past together.

Even so, Dane can’t help but hope that this is their second chance at love...


The Review

Guillermo “Guy” Rivera, wakes up after an accident that leaves him with short term memory loss and finds himself with a caregiver that he wants to get closer to. Having no idea of their past relationship, he naturally acts on the attraction he feels for his caregiver. When he finds out that a lover was with him in the accident, he makes an instant decision - go with your heart.

Dane Mathis broke up with his long time boyfriend six months ago, only to find himself now his main caretaker after a serious accident that leaves him not only with amnesia but also in a wheelchair. When the attraction that has always been between them becomes an issue, he decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and leave Guy’s care to someone else.

Can past differences be overcome, and will both men realize what they have before it’s too late?


Guy inclined his head. Dane hoped that would be the end of the discussion. He started to help Guy out of his clothes, working a little more briskly than he needed to. He could only hope that Guy hadn’t noticed the way his fingers trembled. For the first time, he was looking forward to leaving Guy alone. If he didn’t escape, he would be at risk. They’d both be at risk.

“Dane…” Guy caught his hand once Dane helped him into the bed. “You don’t need to go.”

“Yes, I do. Because…Guy, I can’t just tell you I’m not interested in you. I am. But I don’t want to leave while you’re still recovering. I don’t want to trust your health to somebody else.”

“Listen.” Guy squeezed his fingers. “We’re both consenting adults, aren’t we?”

“Consenting to what?”

“A kiss to start.” The corner of Guy’s mouth lifted. “Who knows? Maybe we don’t have any chemistry.”

“So really…a consensual kiss might be the best thing we can do at this point.”


(Just Like) Starting Over © Pepper Espinoza


In usual Espinoza style, she has given us a story of love lost and found. (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER is a story filled with heart, with characters that realize the meaning of not only love, but also accepting loved ones for the best and the worst of themselves.

Both men are likable, with strength and determination their biggest assets. Dane’s unselfishness in wanting to do anything to make is Guillermo happy is absolutely fantastic. Even with amnesia, the love that Guy has for Dane cannot be denied.


2 Speak To Me:

Lily on 4 June 2009 at 04:27 said...

Very nice review EH

This was a lovely book, I loved both guys too.


Erotic Horizon on 4 June 2009 at 08:39 said...


These quiet storm guys are always the fun one.. love the tension..