Length: 70,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Designs
Neil isn’t a ghost, but he feels like one. Reincarnated with all his memories from his prior life, he spent twenty years trapped in a child’s body, wanting nothing more than to grow up and reclaim the love of his life.
As an adult, Neil finds there's more than lost time separating them. Joshua has built a beautiful life since Neil’s death, and how exactly is Neil supposed to introduce himself? As Joshua's long-dead lover in a new body? Heartbroken and hopeless, Neil takes refuge in his work, developing microscopic robots called nanites that can produce medical miracles.
When Joshua meets a young scientist working on a medical project, his soul senses something his rational mind can't believe. Has Neil truly come back to him after twenty years? And if the impossible is real, can they be together at long last?
Any Given Lifetime is a stand-alone, slow burn, second chance gay romance by Leta Blake featuring reincarnation and true love. This story includes some angst, some steam, an age gap, and, of course, a happy ending.
My Two Pennies Worth
*Tissue alert* Yes, I cried. But not where I would have expected, however that is a problem I can't discuss without spoilers so I'll leave it there with the warning that you may need tissues when you least expect it.
Wow, that was great. It's a contemporary but it's not because it heads into the future, and starts in a present that isn't quite our own (unless nanites exist and no one has bothered to mention them to me). I have to confess I struggled with the first 15/20% as we jumped around in time, it gave everything a disconnect and I never truly felt the impact of Neil's death. I did, however, feel Joshua's grief. It was a tangible thing, as was Neil's frustration throughout his (second) childhood.
I loved all of the characters: grumpy Neil, Joshua in all his guises (innocent, grieving, happy, grieving, confused), sweet Lee (oh, Lee!), sex-mad Derek, campy Chris (oh how I want the story of how he snagged his farmer husband), and lovely, patient Alice.
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