Tell Me Again by Becca Neil

A chance to forgive a past wrong and perhaps finally grab the love that was pushed away ten years ago. Can Coop and Josh find their way back again?

From the Tell Me Again blurb:

Every minute away from you is a minute too long.

It’s been ten years since he kissed me, and I can still feel it—his warm lips, his soft touch. He was my best friend, but then he abandoned me just before my entire life fell apart.

When he shows up at the diner where I work, with his fancy job, new car, and beautiful fiancée, my heart feels like it’s being ripped in two. Should I bury my feelings, forget the past, and give him a second chance at rebuilding our friendship, even though I know it can never be anything more than that?

Ten years ago, I made the worst decision of my life in the aftermath of the only kiss that ever meant something to me. I never stopped loving him, even if I didn’t get to tell him that.

When I run into Coop at a small diner in rural Nebraska, all those feelings I suppressed for years are back, threatening to upend the perfect life I’d built. I’ve got two weeks to convince him I’m sorry. But can I keep my other feelings locked away, or will that sexy baseball cap of his be my undoing?

Tell Me Again is a high-emotion, slow-burn(ish), second-chance(ish) MM contemporary romance set in a small town in rural Nebraska. It’s a story of best friends to strangers to lovers, featuring past emotional trauma, found family, virgin MCs, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.

Trigger warnings: references to alcoholism and an abusive parent with an alcohol use disorder, references to and brief instances of parental homophobia, mention of a parent who passed away from cancer, mention of past homelessness.

SNik's review:

Standalone. Childhood best friends. Second chance. Hurt/comfort. Found family. First times. Slow burn. Dual POV.

One kiss when they were fifteen and Coop and Josh have never forgotten even after ten years. But Josh moved away and now has a fiancée and Coop is barely making ends meet having been on his own for years. Reunited with past hurts to overcome, Coop and Josh slowly allow that spark to happen again, pushing through their hesitancy in a bid to find what they had once lost.

This story is filled with emotional writing, but a little scant on details and backgrounds. I liked the idea of Coop and Josh still being in love, but would have liked some additional scenes of them getting to know each other as they were now as young adults. I really appreciated the supportive secondary characters that were Coop and Josh’s found family and that in their small town they were accepted. Coop and Josh were equally caring, supportive and loving, with some steamy times and ready commitment.

Tell Me Again is currently available as an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription