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Jimmy Campbell has owned his own bar for the past twenty years. While his past is troubled, his present and future make life worth living. He has good friends, more than enough money, and he volunteers—along with his Yorkie, Bozo, and his Maine coon cat, Miss Alicia—at the local hospital every Friday. He couldn’t ask for more. That is, until he meets Derek “Dizzy” Roberts.
Derek is a musician who tours the country with his band. He’s an ex-cop, was married once, and has the bitter ex-wife and two spoiled children to prove it. He’s finally living his dream, and that includes bedding all the groupies who think he’s every bit as good as his music. He doesn’t worry much about the future, until he meets Jimmy.
The two men begin a long-distance romance, sneaking weekends here and there, until a tragedy forces them to realize they might lose the only thing they both want–a future together. Now, they’re asking for everything heaven will allow.
Jimmy is 45 and owns a bar. He’s heard every pick up line there is and he’s tired of it. When Derek “call me Dizzy” hits him with yet another line he lets him have it with both barrels. Interestingly enough, Derek respects this and comes back again, this time with sincerity.
Derek, who is 51, and Jimmy move their relationship forward fairly quickly, but still slowly since they are only together for a couple of days every 3 weeks or so due to Derek’s schedule. Instead, they get to know each other through actual letters and some calls and emails and texts.
There are a few hurdles to overcome: Derek’s career, Jimmy’s reluctance to ask for what he wants, Derek’s ex-wife, and then a tragedy at the end. But … overcome they do and we get a very HEA.
I have not read anything by this author before but I sure will now! I loved this! It was sweet, tender, romantic, just fantastic. I thought the characters were real and well portrayed (if a little optimistic in some parts – especially the bedroom) but overall very real and sincere.
I love older MCs and these guys were great, both needing each other so much and so appreciative of what they’ve been given.
I really loved this and give it 4.5 of 5 hearts.