Normally, I enjoy books with lots of action and intrigue. I am a sucker a good military hero. But every now and then fate drops a book in your lap that is just perfect! This is the story of a museum historian and one of his former students. There are no jealous exes or super villains to contend with. Just two men trying to solve their issues and find the best paths in life. And the way that language is used is simply lush and beautiful. It is quiet, eloquent, and incredible. This is the kind of book that earns a permanent slot on your e-reader or ends up being the dog eared paperback that you turn to when you need to be reminded why you are a reader.
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“Everyone has stuff. Everyone wants to connect. Everyday History is a permission slip to be nosy in a way that’s caring. The payoff is seeing the world through someone else’s eyes and discovering that your own perspective has shifted in the process.”
“Enough already, Ruben. Give it up. You had your fun. I had fun too, but I’m not going to hang around while you taunt me with options you yourself say you can’t deliver, just in case what you want turns out, somewhere down the line, to be me on my terms. I’m not that masochistic. And I’m through waiting.”
All those kisses—at Henry’s apartment, that desperate kiss at the harbor restaurant, Henry’s kisses at the lecture, the impatient kiss and handsy fumble in the backseat of Jamie’s car on the way home, Henry’s perfect kiss when Ruben got into bed… They were intoxicating, one and all, but none of those kisses even come close to this one. How can the same lips, the same mouth and tongue, the same brush of stubble against stubble feel so different and so much more intense? Something has shifted. It shows in Henry’s kiss.
If you woo, win, and walk away, a second chance is going to cost you.
Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can't convert to a speed bump. He's used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.
Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben's former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. When Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben, even as Henry's snowballing fame takes him out of town and farther out of reach.