Monday, July 15, 2013

Open to the Past by Silvia Violet

Open to the Past, Silvia Violet, MLR Press
Mixed Tape Series
Can a high school crush become a happily ever after?

Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular his brother's best friend, Brad. In the intervening years, Pax accepted his sexuality and followed his dream of becoming a professional artist, but he's never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did. Now Brad is back in their hometown for his twentieth reunion. He surprises Pax with the news that he's gay. When he asks Pax to the mock prom his reunion committee is hosting, Pax decides to see if opening up to the past will lead to love or heartbreak.

This story is also available in Mixed Tape Series Volume #3

Being a child of the 80's when I first heard about this collection of short stories based on prompts of songs from that decade I was THRILLED!! So, not only do I get to read yummy stories of men falling in love but I also get to have that particular song running through my mind while I read about said yummy goodness...SIGN ME UP!

This was a great story that fit it's song, Open Your Heart, perfectly. I loved Brad's" not taking no for an answer" attitude and the way that he finally coaxed Pax into opening his heart was sweet and thoughtful. It was interesting to see the reactions of the high school friends when they showed up at the mock prom but I have to say WORSE prom idea EVER. LOL

I would really like to see a follow up story with these two characters, but then I always want to know more about the couples I read about and fall in love with.

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.  This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.
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