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.
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The story description is accurate, and it's about 40 pages based on my e-reader. I tried not to rush through this one, so it took me about 45 minutes to read. You might be able to get through it in a half-hour, but this is a story worth savoring for its wonderful romantic elements.
The main character, Anthony Davis, makes a full emotional transition in this short story. Anthony's realization that his life is empty is so poignant that I empathized with him immediately and felt the highs and lows of his journey along with him. We see the secondary character, Rob Harrison, mainly thought Anthony's eyes, but his emotional journey also satisfies.
The fantasy element in this story is well handled, not becoming too fantastic or bogging down the narrative with explanation. Besides, without a bit of wishing on a star, we wouldn't get to the story's romance, which is its strong point.
I've read many M/M books where the authors try so hard to make their men "manly" that the element of romance is barely touched on in plots. There might be kissing and sex, but there's also anger, jealousy, and violence or competition. The men in "Once and Future Love" aren't "girly" characters, but they're allowed to be hopelessly romantic, and this is the element of the story I liked best and don't get to read often enough in well written M/M romance.
I'll be keeping an eye out for more from this author!