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Title: Henry’s End
Author: Julie A Richman
Genre: Standalone M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2015
I used to have them—before the nightmares started.
I dreamed of nice guys, love…normalcy.
Things like reading the Sunday paper in bed with my lover.
But who needs dreams when your reality is filled with a string of faceless dominating men in uniform? Men that pack a thick bulge and are only too happy to satisfy my deviant sexual cravings.
Me. That’s who.
And then HE walked through the door and shared with me, a total stranger, his intimate dream of love. Damn him for verbalizing every single detail of the dream I buried long ago.
And now I don’t know how I’m going to live without that dream.
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Henry was deeply ensconced in his own head, making resolutions about moving on, not paying attention to his surroundings, or seeing the man, as he approached his car. He was leaning against the hood, his thick muscled arms folded across his chest. Calm, cool, collected, in charge and so damn freaking handsome.
“Your place?” was all he said.
Henry felt the sharp stab in his heart as his adrenal glands shot a release of hormones into his blood stream. Shaking his head no, he was shocked at how cool and calm his voice sounded, when he was anything but, “No. I don’t think so. You haven’t even bought me a drink yet.”
Walking around the big Marine to the driver’s side, Henry hit the remote, unlocking the door.
With a palm to the solar plexus to stop him, “Where are you going?” the Marine asked.
“Home,” Henry was very matter-of-fact.
“I thought you wanted me to buy you a drink?”
Stepping around the Marine, Henry opened the door to his black BMW and got in. “I do…” and he closed the door and started the engine.
Rolling down the window, he added with a smile, “… on Sunday.” Gunning the Beamer’s engine, he left the Marine in the dusty parking lot with a smile on his handsome face.
Well played, Henry congratulated himself. Let him ache for me as much as I’ve been aching for him.
Reviewed by Donna Elsegood
This is the story of Henry Clark whom is best friends with Schooner Moore and Mia from the Searching For Moore series. His story begins with him flying back from Schooner and Mia’s wedding in New York where he met Mia’s friend and employee, Seth Shapiro. Meeting Seth has a real impact on Henry and he realises he wants his forever. Henry settles in his seat on board the plane and flashes back to when he first moved to live and work in San Diego.
Quote – Seth: “I want to sit in a cafe on Sunday mornings in the West Village, reading the New York Times for hours, with my lover sitting across from me, spend hours planning vacations to places like Bali or the Seychelles. Have Schooner and Mia over for a gourmet dinner we’ve cooked for them.” “That’s what I want.”
San Diego in the 90’s gay nightlife scene was thriving. Henry settles in well in his new life making new friends. He frequents a local bar for the first time to widen his social circle and maybe meet a guy. He has an aversion to guys in uniform, especially military which is coincidental as there is a base not too far from where he lives. His eyes meet with a mysterious guy; staring at each other, there is an instant attraction. Henry later finds out his name is Cody and he is military.
Quote – Cody: “I missed you,” “And I don’t know why, I hardly know you.”
Henry: “I missed you, too.”
These two have a very steamy, passionate affair but I had a feeling all was not as it seemed. I knew the author wouldn’t let it be plain sailing for Henry because of an earlier event in the story, but I never imagined what would happen. My heart broke for him and I sat bolt upright when it all unfolded. I wondered how the book could continue and how Henry would be able to continue on with his life but he does. Schooner supports Henry in a very difficult time in his life and he does his best to rebuild himself.
Henry meets some cops who frequent Schooner’s gym. One in particular has Henry wondering but a little apprehensive until they discover they both like cycling. Quinn and Henry have a pure attraction that is palpable as I read on. It kind of had a different feel to it than when Cody was around.
Quote- Henry: “I’m scared. For so many reasons. But most of it’s my own shit and you need to know that.”
I loved the relationship between Henry and Quinn. Especially the intense love and them making plans for the future and what their aspirations together as a couple were. Just when I thought Henry’s life was running smoothly, Julie yet again threw a curveball into the story. My heart broke once more and while reading, I sobbed out loud for him. How on earth does this man go on?
I thought the Searching For Moore series was fabulous but dear me, Henry’s End has blown that idea apart. Julie really outdid herself here. I’m sure you can guess this is an M/M story and whilst I have read the odd story with this kind of content, nothing had me sitting on the edge of my seat as much as this story did. It was well written and I felt every emotion you can think of. Henry was such a very endearing character. It was a real pleasure reading his story. I don’t just think, I know this is going to be a real hit with readers old and new.
I have no choice but to give Henry’s End five brightly shining stars. I loved how you have the prologue, then a flashback to the majority of the book, and then the last part back to the present day. It deals with issues such as PTSD, love, heartbreak and ultimately, what most people are looking for forever. It is a story that will stay in my mind for a long time if not for always, and I certainly would entertain the idea of re-reading.