GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 17,809 words
At 47, Oren Walker isn’t looking for love. When he knocks on Pete Higgins’ door, all he wants is to thank him for helping his mom after she broke her femur. He never expected that one look at the man would make his knees weak and heart flutter.Pete is happy, albeit a bit lonely, after divorcing his wife of twenty years and isn’t looking to replace her. But when Oren shows up, all grateful and handsome and in that fancy suit, the longing for the deep connection of a relationship flares up inside him.As the leaves turn yellow, Oren and Pete spend a lot of time in honest conversations. Their attraction grows. Will the two men recognize the promise of new beginnings, and take the chance to find the happiness they both deserve?EXCERPT:
A very sweet novella.
I like all kinds of romance stories and I'll read nearly anything – any heat level. Nell Iris is my favorite when it comes to writing MM short stories. Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings is longer, at 17,000 words it's really a novella, but just like her short stories, she tells a complete story in an efficient amount of words. It's a wonderful and sweet story.
Both of the MCs in this story are in their 40's and I love reading books about older couples finding love; romance isn't just for the young! Oren has never had a serious relationship and Pete is divorced from his wife of twenty years. Neither of them is looking for love but it finds them anyway. Their relationship builds slowly as they move from friends to lovers. There is no on-page sexy time but please don't let that deter you from reading this story.
The book is a quick one to read and it left me with very warm feelings. Epilogues are often my favorite part of a book and the one that Nell has
It can sometimes be difficult for an author to convey a complete story with a novella. Within Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings, Nell Iris has done an excellent job; taking two older men and bringing them together, forming that special connection.
Forty-seven-year-old Oren Walker has never been in a serious relationship, unless you consider the intimate relationship he has with his job. Pete Higgins knows about relationships… as a forty-something divorcee with a twenty-two-year marriage, a family and an ex-wife under his belt.
An almost instantaneous connection, or maybe it’s desire, forms when Oren reaches out thanking Pete for help after his mother, Ms. Daphne falls, managing to break her femur. Their camaraderie allows Oren and Peter to strike up an easy, casual and supportive friendship that ultimately solidifies their bond.
Pete’s ex-wife is an absolute hoot. I adore Cathy and her unwavering support for Pete and Oren’s relationship. Her lack of personal boundaries wi