The beginning of this story finds Michael alone and grieving for his partner, Phillip, who has recently passed away. Things are complicated due to Michael being blind.
There are a number of things Phillip took care of that Michael needs to find assistance for. While he needs the help he feels overwhelmed and smothered by family. As a result he enlists the help of Alan, who was a nurses aide who helped care for Phillip over the last weeks of his life.
Alan agrees to assist Michael because he had grown to have feelings for him in the months that he provided nursing care. Alan is shocked when he starts going through Phillip's computer and papers and finds out he had serious secrets he was keeping from Michael. Alan has no idea what to do with this information.
I liked the overall plot of the story but the execution did not work for me. The writing was very detailed and crossed into too detailed in my opinion. The author went on and on over things that weren't important. In example Alan calls to ask his brother if he can help with Phillip's computer. Instead of just saying "yes" we get a detailed conversation of what kind of operating system he has and what kind of program needs to be ran. There's a family dinner where we see every single conversation every single member of the family has with Michael. It didn't add to the plot and I would find myself skimming because I was bored.
I could have overlooked those type of things if I had been intrigued by the characters and their relationship. I didn't ever get attached to either and I didn't buy their love. It did in fact feel like it was too soon for love. Just because Michael found out Phillip was a liar wouldn't mean his feelings would just go away.
The actual technical part of the writing was fine, I just wasn't drawn into the plot. It was my first time reading this author and I'm not sure if I would try her again or not.
Michael Stricker is still reeling from his partner's sudden and untimely death when he meets someone new, someone he could really care about. But first he needs time, time to get his life back in order and time to process and assimilate his grief for the man he thought he would grow old with. But learning to live alone again proves to be harder than he thought. In fact, it seems nearly impossible with his well-meaning relatives treating him like a poor, helpless blind guy.
When Alan Stuart befriends Phillip DiMartino's grieving partner, the last thing he expects is to discover hidden lies and infidelity. Guilty over his attraction to the still-grieving man, Alan resolves to stay silent. But the truth has a way of coming out, and soon a dead man's secrets bring about more heartbreak than Alan could have imagined.
Although both men vow to keep their distance, staying away is easier said than done, even when it's Too Soon For Love.
Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher.