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Out of the Past by Sean Michael

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Out of the Past by Sean Michael

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About the Author
Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and persuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago."

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
Publication Date
January 20, 2016
Second Edition 
Ten years after a terrible car accident left carpenter Andy Johnson dead, Steven Billings has yet to move on. Though he’s put aside his art to run his family's foundation—just like his parents always wanted—Steven has never been able to put Andy and the love they shared behind him.Except Andy’s not dead. And after a long, agonizing recovery—alone—Andy has come to hate Steven, believing Steven abandoned him when things got tough. When a chance encounter at a bar throws them back together again, it’s like the dead have come back to life and the past has come back to haunt them both.

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Finding love again
(Updated: January 19, 2016)
Out of the Past by Sean Michael is a highly original novella. The overall concept of a person believing the love of his life is dead, only to meet up with him again ten years later, sounds like a riveting read. Unfortunately I just couldn't connect with a main character who didn't go to the hospital to at least try to see his dead partner, or even talk to his doctors, to get some closure. I know I would have. 

Sean Billings lives a life of wealth and luxury, running his parents foundation, and living in a luxurious penthouse. Life would be perfect, but for the fact that he's still mourning the loss of the love of his life ten years earlier. No one has replaced Andy, and it's looking more and more like no one ever will. 

Andy Johnson has spent the past ten years rebuilding his life after a devastating car crash that nearly took his life, and left him abandoned by his lover. For all those years he's believed what Sean's lawyer told him; he's damaged goods and unworthy of Stephen's love. Andy has hated Stephen every day of those ten years. 

A chance meeting in a bar leaves Andy fuming and Stephen in shock. Is someone playing a horrible trick on him or is Andy really still alive. Stephen chases after Andy and begins a determined campaign to prove to Andy that he didn't desert him all those years ago, and is, in fact, still in love with him. Can Stephen win Andy back. How can he face his family who lied to him for years and stole ten years of his life. 

Out of the Past is a quick, easy read. There were, however, too many gaps in the plot for me to be truly invested in these characters. I was hoping Stephen and Andy would get their HEA after all these years, but I found the confrontation with Stephens parents underwhelming, and the way he dealt with his contemptuous lawyer even more so. For me, the diabolical actions which lead to the MC's ten year separation were worthy of a far greater response than I felt the author provided.
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