Rewind by Rowan Shaw_Book Review

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The day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed. Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him down…until the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heart.

Florian Beaudry had his whole life figured out. His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last. Or so he believed…until he walked in on his girlfriend and best friend.

Still on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian. The one person he thought he would never see again. The one person he missed the most.

Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?

REWIND is an MM romance novel set entirely in France. Though part of a series, it is a standalone story without a cliffhanger.

aboutheauthor

Rowan Shaw is the queer (bisexual) author of REWIND, an MM / bisexual romance series set entirely in her home country, France.

Addicted to reading and writing, Rowan can usually be found with a book in her hands or sitting in front of her computer, typing while listening to music from the 80s.

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Website : http://www.rowanshawwrites.com

Twitter: @rowanshawauthor
Instagram: @rowanshawwrites
Facebook: @rowanshawwriter
Pinterest: @rowanshawwriter

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In her effort to fight biphobia, Rowan has also created a blog where she answers any questions readers and non-readers may have regarding bisexuality, being queer, the LGBT community, and more. Please note that Rowan is not an authority on those subjects. The blog is simply meant to help others by relating her personal experiences as a bisexual.

Visit her Ask A Bi page if you have any concerns you would like to be addressed or if you simply need someone to talk to.

review

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Rewind is the debut novel of new author Rowan Shaw. An LGBT second chance love story about two men broken by the same trauma and finding peace in each other after being reunited.

The main characters, Enzo and Florian, were real and flawed. Florian struggled with his bisexual identity, because his friends and family just didn’t understand how he could enjoy both sexes. He carried around a ton of guilt over the incident with Enzo, and he never really forgave himself. I gravitated more toward Enzo, after what he went through, he was so strong, brave and proud. Yes, he had lasting effects of that horrible day both physical and emotionally but that didn’t stop him from trying to live his best life. He taught sign language and spent all his free time volunteering and helping others in any way he can. Also, he was adorable when he would get shy and bashful. I think my absolute favorite aspects of the story was how Florian not once saw Enzo’s being deaf as a disability and embraced it as a part of him. Besides the easy friendship between the two of them, the sexual chemistry between them was passionate and loving.

The story itself was heartbreaking at times. The struggles both these brave men faced are real issues for many people in the world. As someone who accepts and embraces people sexual preferences, it blows my mind that others can be so ignorant and hateful. The dialogue seemed a bit forced and choppy at times but overall I think the author did a good job telling these characters’ story.

Rewind is the first standalone in the universe that author Rowan Shaw has created, and I am looking forward to reading the books to come.

When my mouth crashed against his, I was caught in a wave of memories.”

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He pulled me into a kiss so desperate and passionate, it shot shivers all the way down my spine.

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3.5/5⭐

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