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Never Too Late by [Johnson, Sloan]
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Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I've been told, it's only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.

Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.

Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night I held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body, caked in mud, out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over saving him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.

I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4569 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530398819
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01B29QX8K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A great story about fate's working to alignment for Micheal and Jax.. after Micheal attempting to save Jax in an accident years ago and not knowing his out come. Jax comes into town and they run into each other.. both are dealing with remnants of the accident which they have to deal with.. A fantastic story that I can recommend to everyone.
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I am a huge fan of m/m romance, and while I am not usually such a big fan of "gay for you", this really didn't bother me with Never Too Late- that's how much I loved it.

Dax and Michael feel that connection the first time they meet. Little do they know that all is not as it seems with them.

From the start I adored Dax and Michael. You could feel the attraction between them, but still knew there was more.

There was a connection between them that at first they could not understand, but as the story unfolds and histories are revealed, that connection becomes so much more.

This is the story of two men trying to reinvent their lives, start from scratch, make better lives for themselves and their families.

The absolute scene stealer in this book is Michael's boy Jagger. He is whole and pure and straight up as only a small child can be.

There are some great secondary characters, particular Justin and Matt, who call our lovelies on their BS. Plus there is a great set up for the next book throughout this story.

Never Too Late pulled at my heart strings, and left me wanting more.

Please don't make me wait too for more Miss Johnson!
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I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a story that is more about telling us about what is happening in the characters' lives rather than telling us about the characters themselves. As a result I didn't feel an emotional connection to what I was reading. But the story was interesting enough to keep me turning the pages.

I enjoyed seeing Michael's struggles as a single parent and watching him deal with his growing feelings for Dax. Dax himself felt a little too perfect and like he only existed to further Michael's story. He got swallowed up.

Never Too Late was enjoyable but I felt like something was missing.

Wicked Reads Review Team
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet tale, but sadly not quite what the blurb makes out. Guilty, perhaps, IMHO, of more than a little bit of exaggeration. 7 March 2016
By Roroblu'sMum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a decent tale, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have even half of the angst or the emotional intensity that the blurb alludes to. In fact, that bit where on Dax's part it says, 'I *NEED* to tell him what his actions mean to me' and what follows from thereon in, isn't really very accurate at all - unless I missed a chunk of the tale, which I don't think was the case.

The blurb from Michael's POV is slightly more accurate, but again, minus the angst that the blurb alludes to.

Yes, despite what I've just mentioned, I did like the tale, though it was rather low-key and without much in the way of sex scenes. I liked the leads, I liked Michael's kid and his parents, but I did find it a little hard to tie in Dax's job within such a small community where people seemed to know everyone's business. For it not to come up at all wasn't realistic - and that's me in liberal London thinking this, never mind small town America where this tale takes place.

The bit of angst that was introduced? It seemed anti-climactic and a bit redundant, as did the belated mention of the bible, and TBH, it didn't really go anywhere or come across as being really integral to the tale. I think what further irritated me a bit is that at the point where Michael has his eureka! moment and mans up and is about to confront the source of his issue, said source is called Michael, instead of his correct name being used - yes, the 'baddie' underwent a rather confusing name change. I had to go back and re-read whose POV I was in, and who was actually speaking at that point in the tale, as I was rather baffled, and TBH, it was something that a beta/proof reader *should* have fixed,

It is a nice tale and it ends with the start of a HEA. However, it's lite and it's not realistic, and even the issue of having a gay dad wasn't addressed with the little kid, which was especially lacking, given that he'd already been teased for not having a mum to make his sandwiches and had been incredibly upset by this. Also, the issue of Michael working nights and needing his parents and Dax to sit his son? At times it felt as if the hours Michael worked didn't mesh with the former, as it sounded at times as if he went to work and left the kid sleeping by himself - well. in practice according to the way it read, though not in the theory that the author offers.

In summary, I felt that the author had perhaps thought up a great blurb and then tried to craft a tale around it, but didn't quite deliver. She did introduce a couple of side characters whose tale I wouldn't mind reading, however.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 16 March 2016
By avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Never Too Late (Home in the Heartland #1) by Sloan Johnson
4.5 stars
M/M Romance
Triggers: Death, suicidal tendency, homophobic attitudes
I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

Yeah for love!

This book had the most adorable child - Jagger was so loving and understanding, nonjudgmental and curious. He was essentially the glue that held this story together.

Michael was kind of a mess. However, those who love him surrounded him and tried their best to help him piece himself back together again, especially for the sake of Jagger. I was saddened by his ability to give up on himself so easily.

Michael's parents were amazing in this story - they were accepting, if not taken a little off guard and they were amazing with Jagger.

Then you have Dex. I liked him right off the bat. Despite what his initial reaction was to his first encounters with Michael and Jagger, he withheld judgment. I found him to be relaxed and honest, which were nice qualities given the situation he found himself in.

When their lives come together, despite the difficulties they both face, I love how they had such a great friendship. Yes, it was almost an insta-relationship, which I am not a huge fan of, but somehow, Johnson was able to pull that off.

The book was somewhat slow in the beginning, but I think that was to establish the friendship. Then you have the middle section, which is a lot of back and forth about feelings and such. I wish that we were able to have a little more development of the characters and their individual relationships, but it was cohesive enough.

Overall, this was a sweet story that both teaches you to never give up and that everyone is deserving of love.

I really hope that Justin and Matt get their story too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality slow-burn romance 9 March 2016
By Erica L. Chilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3.5 Stars

I'm a sucker for a book with a little kid in it. My next favorite trope in the MM genre is gay-for-you. So with those two plot devices, Erica was a happy girl. As the cherry on top of the sundae, slow-burn romance instead of insta-love/lust.

Never too Late was written in a steady pace with an easy to read writing style. Dual-narrated 1st person, there was no head-hopping due to the fact that each chapter was sub-headed by the narrator, and they never shared a chapter.

In the beginning I loved Dax's POV. New to town, his impression of the town itself and its inhabitants was amusing (I'm from a small town), especially the first 3 impressions Michael made on him. Now, Michael on the other hand, he was a bit too defeatist for my tastes. Even after reading in his voice what his angsty reasons were, they still didn't jive with the level of self-deprecation the man was feeling. He could be downright nasty, especially to Dax who had no need to help and was only doing so out of the goodness of his own heart. Meanwhile, Dax, the man who had lived life on the edge, he had some reasons to be that way, and it was refreshing to see he wasn't.

Never Too Late was Michael's story, even if Dax narrated a little less than half. Michael's family, Michael's town, Michael's child, and Michael's issues. I would have liked a bit more of a balance, because like a lot of wives in life, they lose their personality when they become their husband's helpmate. Dax was neither a wife, nor a woman, and everyone, regardless of gender, should retain the core of who they are, no matter who they are coupled with.

Jagger, Michael's little rascal was an extra-special addition to the storyline. Michael was a loving dad, but one who had his hands tied behind his back (see my defeatist attitude comment above). As a Kindergarten teacher, Dax was a natural.

Overall, I was thoroughly entertained. Now, you're probably asking why I didn't 5 star Never Too Late, aren't you?

Around the 50 - 60% range, I could feel the story winding down, but knew there was most of the book left. But by then I was getting disinterested and anxious because I knew DRAMA was about to show up in town and infect the easy, enjoyable story I was gobbling up. I was right, and the drama felt forced and took the comfort read feel away from the story, driving it toward frustrating and drawn-out.

There were a few instances with timeline issues that had me clicking back a chapter or two, confused. 'Dates' were happening on specific days of the week, with plans made on specific nights. Yet the lack of communication between the pair was written as if it was a week or so, when on the timeline, it couldn't have been more than 12-24 hours, or specific events would have been passed by. I mean, next Saturday is always the NEXT Saturday, not two or three from then. Yet those dates and dinners were still in their assigned days in the same week, but it was written as if a long time had passed. Basically, I was thinking this, "Wait a minute. Didn't that happen on a Thursday, and today must be Friday. So how did days go past without communication when they had to have parted this morning. Especially when Saturday's date with the fam happened in the next scene? School day are only on weekdays."

I received an ARC, so I don't know if this was edited in the final publication, and it didn't effect my rating whatsoever. But there were several instances when the narration was mixed up. The chapter would be Dax or Michael, yet they were calling themselves in the third-person during dialogue/monologue as if the other narrator was speaking, and I had to click back to check out who was the narrator during that particular chapter. It was only for a sentence within a paragraph, but it was jarring. Basically, the author had the wrong name in the passage, confusing the reader.

Over all, I enjoyed the heck out of Never Too Late, confusing issues aside. I believe MM romance readers will adore Dax, Michael, and the naughty Jagger. I would most definitely read more by this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed for Wicked Reads! 14 March 2016
By Lee'Anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was an okay story but at times it was a bit unbelievable.

Michael is the father of young Jagger who is always running off. Dax is the new guy in town who seems to be the one always finding Jagger off on his own making him question Michael’s ability as a father. Dax just moved to a small town where he’s starting his career as a kindergarten teacher. Dax’s attraction to Michael is immediate but he knows that nothing can ever happen since Michael is straight. (This is the part I struggled with, I just don’t see the entire “small” town being okay with a large gay man teaching Kindergarten and think that the story kind of glossed over that.) After Michael gets in a tough spot with childcare Dax steps in and offers to keep Jagger and Dax and Michael’s friendship grows. Then Michael realizes he’s starting to have feelings for Dax which he wants to explore.

This was a good read, I found it very interesting I just felt that the author glossed over a few things that needed to be gone into more. The plotline itself was great though and I look forward to reading more from this author.

*I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rating... 18 March 2016
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My Rating: A
My Review:
*happy sigh* I do love a good Gay-For-You story and it's been a while since I read one. This book hit all those happy buttons for me.

For Dax, he's starting a new life in the place where his old life ended. He was in a horrific motorcycle accident that he never planned to wake up from. It was his rock bottom moment. But he did wake up from it and it's taken six years to get his life back on track. He's a kindergarten teacher now and when he gets a job offer in the town where he had his horrible accident, he sees it as a sign...even though he's not too sure about small-town life.

For Michael, all he's known is small-town life. He was on his way out, but then a series of catastrophes left him floundering and second-guessing every decision he ever made. Now he's trying desperately to care for a small son who likes to test him at every turn, while maintain his own sanity. He's not doing a very good job at either thing.

When Dax moves to town, he lives three doors down from Michael. As a result, he has a front row seat to all the ways that Michael is failing with his young son, Jagger. Dax has an affinity to small kids and he steps in to offer help and a friendship blossoms between the two.

I really enjoyed the way the story played out. These guys are friends, Michael is not gay. He's not even curious. But love is love and sometimes a romance develops by falling in love with the person not the exterior. I think this is the ultimate love story...one that goes so far beyond the physical. Not that these guys aren't physical, because they are. But that is a by-product of the emotions, not the other way around which is the way that romance normally plays out. And that right there is why I love this trope so much...GFY is the truest type of love in my book.

And I just really liked both Dax and Michael. They both have amazing stories. Their trauma touched each of their lives so differently, but brought them together in the most unlikely of ways. I adored the story and think that most people will enjoy it, too...especially if you're like me and have a special fondness for gay-for-you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I also bought my own copy.

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