Again by Mary Calmes is a short story about love lost once and the attempt to regain it. Noah Wheeler and Dante Cerreto are the perfect match by all appearances. They look at each other across a room and it’s a house on fire. They had their whole lives planned together, including marriage and a child by surrogacy. That dream died a painful death when Noah arrived to pick up Dante at the airport and found him kissing a woman, or so Noah thought.
Calmes characters in Again are both strong and capable men who rebuild their lives after the disastrous end to their relationship, but it’s not the same. Again answers the unvoiced question at the end of every broken romance: would it work if we tried again?
Noah and Dante are two passionate individuals and the scenes between them smolder with intensity. There are some hot clenches in tight corners, and while the story works when it focuses on these two men there are some questions left unanswered.
Still, Again is a lovely read with nice pace and interesting characters. The story is short, but it doesn’t short-change the reader. It’s worthy of 3.5 stars.