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Release Day Review: Never Too Late, by J.P. Bowie

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Release Day Review: Never Too Late, by J.P. Bowie

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About the Author
J.P. Bowie was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel – a science fiction tale of brawny men and brawnier women that made him a little suspect in the eyes of his family for a while.

Leaving home at age eighteen for the bright lights of London, he found himself in the midst of a “diverse and creative crowd” that eventually led him to the performing arts. For the next twelve years he sang, danced and acted his way around the theatres of London and the provinces, appearing in shows with many famous British singers, actors and comedians.

After immigrating to the US and living for many years in Las Vegas where he worked for that incomparable duo, Siegfried and Roy, J.P. found himself entranced by the fair city of San Diego where he currently lives with his partner, Phil.

J.P. loves to hear from his readers and can be contacted at
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Publication Date
May 03, 2016
Knocking fifty isn’t bad enough? Jared Haas gets a double whammy when his doc tells him he needs a hip replacement. Can a hunky but too young paramedic smooth the way to recovery?

Jared Haas isn’t happy. On his own for more than two years after his partner of twenty years, Daniel, died, he’s knocking fifty and now his athleticism is threatened by, of all things, a hip replacement. How to make a guy feel really old! At least there’s eye candy nearby in the very nice shape of Steve Forrest, a hunky paramedic who is willing to take more than just a professional interest in Jared’s welfare. The problem is, in Jared’s opinion, he’s too young.

Steve is persistent, though, telling Jared that the difference in their ages isn’t ‘the Grand Canyon of time’. His good looks and sweet nature, not to mention his patience in waiting for Jared to heal before making his move, eventually wear Jared down, and the first time they make love, Jared knows he is lost in lust. Something he never thought possible.

Their idyll is shaken when Daniel’s brother shows up unexpectedly and declares his love for Jared. David has left his wife and his job back in Seattle ready to move in with Jared and claim him as his own. To say Jared is taken aback by this strange turn of events is putting it mildly. How can he tell David he’s completely delusional without breaking his heart?

Here’s another situation Jared never thought he’d have to deal with, only this one isn’t nearly as pleasant, and might prove to be the end of his relationship with both men.

Pre-Order Date: 22nd March 2016 
Available Exclusively to Pride Publishing: 5th April 2016
General Release Date: 3rd May 2016

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Cover – Good
POV – 3rd person, past tense, dual POV (a touch on omni-present)
Would I read it again – No.
Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, May-December, Romance


Okay, so I have to admit that while reading this one, it made me a little angry and frustrated. Mostly, it was the medical stuff, but I'm going to be
really short because I don't want this to be too negative.

First off, I'm rating this a 3 star, because the bones were decent and the main problems I had with hit could be nothing more than me reading too
much into it. Or a difference between UK and US medical situations. But, to make sure I don't review in anger, I'm making my notes in bullet points, to keep it clear and to the point.

  • There was an immediate information dump, about Jared and Daniel in the  first paragraph
  • a pet peeve of mine hit me in the face, within the first paragraph –  being introduced to the character by first and last name, in a  non-natural way.
  • There are a few incomplete sentences – basically cut too short, so that  they don't always make sense.
  • There are also quite a few run on sentences. One took nearly an entire  paragraph.
  • I have no idea why a blood donation is needed before a hip replacement. That doesn't seem normal.
  • The definition of scenes isn't great. The formatting was off, making gaps appear between paragraphs, which suggested a new scene, until I later realised that scenes were divided by *** It made it confusing to read.
  • Misuse of the word “crass”
  • Formatting is messy – sometimes two characters trade comments in one paragraph, multiple times
  • very rushed relationship
  • omnipresent sometimes, where Jared's POV becomes Steve's with no separation or transition
  • Steve sometimes knows things he shouldn't. I'm saying this because, at this point, we've heard every word of every conversation they've had and he somehow knows Jared plays racquetball, without ever being told.
  • I find it worrying that Jared can still feel Steve “up there” after the act – after an amount of time that we're not told explicitly, but which is implied to be days if not at least a week or more – when he admits that nothing but phone calls have passed between them.
  • The David drama is over the top and adds nothing to the plot. I saw it coming, after the blurb and Jared's revelation to Steve that he sort of knew, so it wasn't a surprise.
  • Some spelling/grammar issues. Example; it's impossible to do this – “smiled into Jared's eyes.”
  • Jared, David and Steve sometimes act more like horny schoolboys than adults

Maybe things are different in the UK and the US, but there are a few instances where Jared's experience with the hospital, doctors and nurses just felt incredulous, because that would never happen. This may be entirely because I'm in the UK and things are different in the US, so I didn't let it affect my rating, but I still feel it's worth mentioning.

Most noticeably, a nurse invading a man's personal space, just after he wakes from sleep after surgery. No nurse would ever do this! It is not only unethical to touch a patient intimately in this way, without their consent, but it's also illegal. I also don't believe it's legal for Jared to have been catheterised without his permission, as that's an invasion of his privacy and human rights. I found this part was the catalyst for my anger. Knowing a lot of nurses, I know that they would NEVER do this and get away with it. This kind of thing is considered abuse. Not treatment. Yet, Jared laughs it off, thinking it comical, and the author uses it as a method of explaining his lack of a sex life. I found this really inappropriate.

Oh, and calling a bed bath or a sponge bath a “whore's bath” is also insulting to those who have had to endure them. It really didn't help my anger. It sounded very degrading.

As someone who wouldn't be here today without chemo, I don't like the implication – well, the Jared's belief – that Daniel died from the chemo and not from cancer. Cancer is a killer, that's undeniable. But although chemo is brutal, it saves lives. I find it sad that it's misrepresented this way, when people are scared enough by even the mention of it that some patients refuse the treatment, for fear that it will make them worse, when it could save them.

I also didn't like the cavalier attitude Jared had towards sexuality. Using the term “become” in regards to asexuality is insensitive and ridiculous. You don't “become” asexual, the same way you don't “become” gay. Yet, even later on, he implies that David “could suddenly decide to be gay”. He gives no thought or acceptance to the fact that David admitted he'd always been gay, but had hidden that to live a straight life. That's not “deciding” to “become” gay; that's stepping out of the closet.


To be honest, the story had some good bones. It could have been fantastic, if the medical research was a little more accurate and the story was longer, allowing for a more natural progression of the romantic relationship and the friendships were were supposed to care about.

The truth is that I didn't much like Jared, as a main character, from the out set. I found him to be very small minded, egotistical and judgemental. I really liked Steve, who was sweet if a little forward, and Harold and Will, who were the fun gay friends. I felt nothing for David either way, so it didn't matter much to me when he made his big confession, except to make me dislike Jared even more.

The age difference doesn't bother me and I was actually looking forward to seeing how it was tackled. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Steve just demanded they didn't discuss it anymore and that was it. Sorted. Like other things in their relationship, it just happened too quickly – flirting with a complete stranger, at work; the snogging, the sex, handing over keys and calling something a “moment of deep intimacy” when they'd only known each other a total of a few weeks, while having actually just returned from their first date.

All of it was a little too much and not enough. Too much was rushed, while not enough parts of this decent plot and the good characters were pulled
forward into a more satisfying read.

I marked this one 3 stars for the potential and the underlying plot. I docked one mark for Jared – his insulting nature, the way he treated others etc – and another for the medical issues I've described above. I didn't take the UK vs US thing into account, because that could totally be me not knowing enough about US medical procedures to know that some of this stuff is normal.

However, I left this one disappointed and angry. Not a good thing.


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