“Happiness is not a goal…it is a by-product of a life well lived.”
Bernard “Bear” Henson is a blessed man. He is happily married to the love of his life, he co-owns a successful business, and his grown son is desperately in love with a wonderful partner. But Bear knows all too well how precarious that happiness is, so he lives every day with love in his heart and gratitude for everything he has—especially his husband Richard Brightman. Richard has been HIV-positive for thirty years and every new day is a gift.
When Richard becomes unexpectedly ill and is rushed to the hospital, Bear braces for his beautifully constructed life to come crashing down. A hard-won life full of ups and downs, illnesses and setbacks, love and anger, and a lot of regret for how certain things went down. Certain things involving Bear’s alcoholic ex-wife Debbie and the start of Bear’s relationship with Richard. But the past can’t be changed, only remembered and studied.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Reflection on a love story
Richard and Bear are the owners of Big Dick’s, a gay bar/club that is a central location for several of the author’s prior stories. These two men are secondary characters in other stories and we know them, although not well. This is a wonderful addition to the series as we knew much about their character but not how these men, in their 50s, came to be together. This is a story of love, of reflection and of promise for the future.
I love this author and appreciate her stories as there is always something to be learned and after breaking my heart, it is always left full.