Second Chances in New Port Stephen

Atria/Emily Bestler. Dec. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781668021965. pap. $17.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Newly unemployed and nearing 40, Eli reluctantly sublets his New York City apartment and returns to his parent’s home in Florida. He’s hoping this move is only temporary until he finds a new writing job. But when he runs into Nick—his childhood best friend, ex-boyfriend, and first love—things get complicated. Although they are immediately and strongly attracted to each other, they are hesitant due to the significant changes they’ve undergone since their last meeting: Nick is now a divorced father to a young child, and Eli is now an out trans man. Now Eli and Nick must figure out whether their connection transcends the years or if they are merely acting out of nostalgia. They must also decide if they can live a life together in a Florida that is inhospitable to LGBTQIA+ people. Alexander (Chef’s Choice) has written a super-steamy queer holiday romance that deals with serious topics, such as substance addiction, identity exploration, and family strife, while still managing to be uproariously funny and incredibly romantic.
VERDICT This contemporary romance is a must-have for all libraries and for readers who relish a bit of angst and a lot of joy with their happily-ever-afters.
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