Review: What About Now by Grace R. Duncan

What About Now by Grace R. Duncan

Dreamspinner Press

Cover by Reese Dante

Release date: 5/9/2016

100k words


Five years ago, everything went wrong.

Braden Kirk and Rafe Jessen’s long-term relationship started unraveling. They stopped talking, fears mounted, then Braden walked in on Rafe and another man, completely misreading the situation. Without giving Rafe a chance to explain, Braden walks out. Out of their home, their relationship, and the game development company they started together in college.

After months of therapy to deal with the attempted rape Braden walked in on, Rafe begins to understand that his dominant tendencies in the bedroom aren’t a bad thing and that Braden’s submission is likely what scared his partner into silence. But Rafe isn’t ready to let go of the man he loves more than life itself. He arranges for himself and Braden to end up on the same charity cruise, knowing Braden won’t let his phobia—terror of vast, deep waters—rule him.

With a plan and twenty-eight days, Rafe is determined to get Braden back, make him see there’s nothing wrong with being submissive, and find a way to get Braden to stay with him when they get home to LA.



Our thoughts:

Grace R. Duncan pens an intricate tale of forgiveness, growth, and acceptance in What About Now. Rafe and Braden have been apart for about five years. Prior to that, they were school friends who eventually grew into lovers. Inseparable. They even started their own company together. Everything was great until things became strange and Braden wasn’t able to process the changes. Rafe was more dominant in the bedroom and Braden liked it. Braden just couldn’t come to terms with what he felt and what others perceived of the behavior. Distance grew between Braden and Rafe and then a misunderstood moment brought everything to a crashing end.

Now, Rafe and Braden are on a charity cruise and Rafe is determined to get Braden back. Rafe’s never stopped working towards this goal, he’s never given up on them being together again. He’s willing to remain calm and focused to see his plan through.

The bulk of the book is Rafe winning Braden over once again. It’s not hard to do since Braden has never stopped loving Rafe either. They just have to get past that bleak moment and look at what caused them to drift as well.

Rafe is more than eager to introduce Braden to the lifestyle he has discovered since their separation. He just has to do so without pushing Braden away and making matters worse. These two are constantly battling internal pulls. Mentally they are both doubting themselves over issues from their past. This is why their love for each other is so important. Their lifetime of love is the strength they will need to pull from to face the challenges, accept what they cannot change, accept what they want to learn, and embrace each other fully again.

What About Now has just the right amount of pursuit, mending, steamy moments, fun times, serious teasing and intense scenes, and forever devotions.

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