Book Reviews

Everything Changes by Rider Jacobs at Painted Hearts Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-February-2018

Book Blurb

Valentine’s Day used to hold magic for Colton. A struggling romance writer, he found his perfect prince in police officer Mike. Mike loved Valentine's Day and did everything he could to make the day magical. Until the day that the man who promised Colton forever never came home.

For the last seven years, Colton has refused to move past the grief of losing Mike in the line of duty. He spends his nights at a local bar, pouring out his heart to bartender Lane, never noticing that Lane was falling in love with him.

Then one Valentine’s Day, Colton walks into his house to find the ghost of Mike standing in his living room. He's come back to show Colton what happened the night he sacrificed his life, and to tell him that if he doesn't come to terms with his grief, his own life, and the love of Lane, will have heartbreaking consequences.

Book Review

In a creative variation on Charles Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol’, the ghost of Valentine’s past, present, and future haunts these pages – and what an interesting ghost he turns out to be. Mike is Colton’s deceased lover, who loved Valentine’s, and he will not rest until Colton gets the message: Valentine’s Day is there to be celebrated, for love to be shared, and just because Colton lost Mike on that day seven years ago is no reason for him to continue to shut himself off. There is a man in the land of the living who might just be waiting for the right opportunity, and Mike is ghost-ly determined to make Colton see reason since there is a lot at stake.

Colton has grown to hate Valentine’s, refuses to find love again for fear of another devastating loss, and despite the fact that he writes romances, he has no faith in finding any for himself. In fact he actively fights any sort of potential for love because he has decided never to stop loving Mike. It takes Mike, or rather the ghost of Mike, to show Colton the error of his ways. It’s an emotional trip into the past, look at the present, and vision of a possible future, and I had tears in my eyes for most of that journey. Ghost-Mike sure knows how to make a point!

If you like the magic of Valentine’s Day, if you think everyone deserves to love and be loved – not just on that one day every year, and if you’re looking for a heart-warming story with a message and a beautiful ending, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 40 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-February-2018
Price $0.99 ebook
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