When Was the Last Time
This Valentine themed novella isn’t about new love, but about rekindling the love you already share. In this case, Evan and Paul have been together for fifteen years, but truth be told they’ve fallen into a rut (as many committed couples do). Paul works long hours and travels a lot with his job and Evan is the backbone of his support, taking care of the house and all the domestic chores. The more Paul has worked to build his reputation, the less time he’s had to invest in keeping his relationship with Evan from becoming one of complacency. When Evan brings up their lack of intimacy in conversation one day, it’s a wakeup call to Paul as to how long he’s been taking Evan for granted. Making plans for a big Valentine’s splash to show Evan how important he is sounds great, but when work intrudes once again, will Paul make the right choice?
This is a lovely read, a short novella told all from Paul’s point of view. He’s the one with the full time job, travelling around the world and it’s quite a fascinating job too, inspecting art collections and cataloguing them for clients. It’s never an issue of whether he and Evan love each other – it’s just that he’s been taking Evan for granted and realizing this, he also sees that if he doesn’t change things, he could lose him. We get a good look at his thoughts and feelings as he struggles with how to make Evan feel appreciated while at the same time dealing with the challenges of his current assignment. We do get a sexy scene with the couple as they make their way to a new and better relationship, and a sweet happy ending for the couple. It’s low angst, but with lots of emotion. When was the Last Time is a reminder that all relationships take work to flourish.