Book Reviews

The Once and Future Love by Ari McKay at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Time Travel / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-June-2012

Book Blurb

Anthony Davis, A-list Hollywood star, is adored by millions for his talent and striking good looks. Approaching fifty and feeling the pressure of competing with younger stars, he realizes that despite all he’s achieved, he’s alone and lonely. Then Anthony encounters Rob Harrison, who tutored him in college, at a fundraiser. Despite the chemistry between them back then, Anthony chose his career over love, and he recognizes the mistake he made at last. As he leaves the fundraiser, he glimpses a shooting star and makes a hopeless wish… asking for another chance with Rob.


Book Review

The topic of second chances, as in actually going back in time and taking a left instead of a right, so to speak, is fascinating to me. I think it is partly because I know we cannot actually do it, and partly because the thought of “what if…” can lead to very interesting thoughts. Or, in this case, a very sweet story.


Anthony has it all. He is a famous actor, something he always wanted, he is rich and, even at 50, he still looks good. He also realizes that all of it means absolutely nothing without someone to share it with. A specific someone. Anthony is lucky in that respect: he doesn’t only realize that he has wasted his life, he also knows exactly what he did wrong. The intensity of his realization is heartbreaking.


Rob is a very skeptical man. He doesn’t think very highly of Anthony, and has so far resisted all of Anthony’s attempts to get him to go on a date with him. Rob is also open to changing his mind, but he wants proof. This time around, Anthony is ready to give it to him, and Rob couldn’t be more surprised. Doesn’t mean he becomes a push-over, but at least he listens…


I loved that Anthony got it right when, miraculously, he does get a chance to go back to the pivotal event that will allow him to re-make his choices. The disorientation as well as the hope he feels when he is suddenly back at college was very well described. If the idea of a do-over of an entire life sounds fascinating to you, if you have always wondered what it would be like to have a 20-year old body but the experience of a 50-year old man, you will probably like Anthony’s story.



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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 53 pages/15122 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2012
Price $2.99 ebook
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