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Too Soon For Love

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  328 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Michael Stricker is still reeling from his partner's sudden and untimely death when he meets someone new, someone he could really care about. But first he needs time, time to get his life back in order and time to get over is lost love. But learning to live alone again is nearly impossible with his well-meaning relatives treating him like a poor helpless blind guy.

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ebook, 328 pages
Published February 16th 2011 by MLR Press (first published February 15th 2011)
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Elisa Rolle
Oct 25, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
2011 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Jul 21, 2011 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
The book starts with Michael at his lover's funeral. You soon discover that Michael is blind and despite his lover's family's good intentions he just needs to escape. The nurse's aid the family had hired to help (the lover had a stroke) comes to the rescue and offers to drive Michael home. It seems Alan has been crushing on Michael for awhile and realizes his timing sucks, but offers to be a friend and read Michael's mail as Michael is tired of depending on his lover's family who treat him like ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it
Michael Stricker's partner of 12 years, Phillip, died of stroke. Blind since he is five years old and after being sort of depended with him, Michael feels that he will need time to get back on his feet again. He is definitely not ready for any kind of relationship. Alan Stuart is Phillip's nurse. Unknown to Michael, Alan starts to develop feeling for Michael, after all of those nights he sees the man sits by Phillip's side. So he decides to befriend Michael, just to keep seeing him. But when Ala ...more
Stacey Jo
This book opens at the funeral of Michael Stricker's partner of 12 years, Phillip DiMartino, who died after living only a short time after a stroke. During the time that he was in hospital, Michael met Alan Stuart, the nurses aid. They became friends, and when Michael needed help reading the mail (he's blind), Alan offers to come over and help him. They become fast friends and sparks fly initially but it's obvious that Michael needs a lot more time to grieve over the death of his long time, and ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Lily rated it really liked it
Michael is a blind man who has to adapt to life on his own after the unexpected death of Phillip, his lover of over twelve years. As he tries to deal with his lover's family and his own need for independence he turns to Alan, the nurse's aid who helped them at the end. Alan has been attracted to Michael since he first saw him and as they become friends his feelings deepen. Then he discovers Phillip was cheating and has to figure out whether to tell Michael the truth or let it go. Of course it ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Susan65 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.....I really liked this story, a lot. I had no idea that Michael was blind when I first started and since I adore mc's with a disability it was an instant hit for me. I also love it when a book can make me cry...which this one did. I enjoyed reading the story from both perspectives and since both guys were really good guys at heart it made it that much more sad and wonderful. They just happened to be two soul mates who met at the wrong time. But time is the great healer and equalizer ...more
Heather C
Feb 09, 2012 Heather C marked it as did-not-finish
This book was not for me!!!

I made it to 55% and couldn't continue. I was kinda liking it in the beginning and I was liking both of the MCs just enough to keep reading it. But...(view spoiler)
Apr 07, 2013 Feliz rated it really liked it
I was surprised that I ended up liking this book as much as I did, since some of my pet peeves kept popping up throughout. Mainly an awful lot of happy coincidences--(view spoiler) ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Jenre rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
3.5 stars

I like Kimberley Gardner's books but I found this one difficult to read at times. I liked that one of the heroes was blind and the details that we are given about how Michael lives with his disability were interesting and informative. I also liked that the book had the theme of growing independence for Michael. The loss of Philip meant that he had to relearn to be on his own as a blind person again. The grief of Michael over Philip's death is another plus point for the book, being reali
Michelle B
Aug 07, 2011 Michelle B rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a rather amazing book, with lots of little surprises/twists that I wasn't expecting. Yeah, it may have a soap opera type setting, but author easily transcends the cliches. I find myself thinking about these two characters a lot. A blind man, left alone by his much older partner who has babied him a bit too much--yeah, he could feel scared and suffocated. And the partner's loving family who are too much in his business, all with good intentions, but you really feel for Michael. ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Tj rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
A wonderful story of second chance. Michael is trying to put his life back together after his partner of 12 years has died. I really felt for Michael. There are lots of people who have this happen. He was young when he met Philip and he is blind so it seemed easier and natural to give up a lot of every day things to Philip's care. Now with him gone Michael is not only left with the grief but to try and become independent again. Alan was a certified nurses assistant for Philip before he died. ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Neet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful novel! Michael Strickler is grieving from the untimely death of his partner of 12 years,Phill DiMartino. Michael feels shocked and lost, and it doesn't help that Phillip's well meaning relatives are hovering because of his blindness. Michael is trying his best to regain his independence and confidence which he feels he loss depending on Phillip to take care of his needs. During the graveside service he meets again Allan Stuart, a nuse's aide who helped while Phillip languished ...more
J.P. Bowie
Mar 01, 2011 J.P. Bowie rated it it was amazing
What I loved about Michael, the blind man, was that he was strong - able to fend for himself despite the devastating blow when his lover dies and leaves him at the mercy of well meaning friends and relatives. Michael is an amazing character and is beautifully drawn to life by the author. Several times while reading this story I was brought to tears - not easily done, I can assure you. The emotion that pervades this story is real, never maudlin, and the affection Alan and Michael feel for one ...more
This book was incredibly hard for me to read because I loathe infidelity ... also, I found the character of Michael hard to be sympathetic towards after he was so hurtful & disrespectful & bloody hypocritical toward Alan ... In the end, I was left feeling that perhaps Michael deserved the duplicitous Robby.
Sep 25, 2011 Jayhjay rated it really liked it
Michael Stricker has just lost Phillip, his partner of 12 years. The men were together since Michael was just 19, so Michael has essentially spent all his adult life in the relationship. He misses Phillip intensely, and is also overwhelmed by the attentions of Phillip's family. Michael is blind and the family worries he can not handle things independently. Michael bristles under their constant hovering. At the same time, he realizes that over the years he has lost the ability (or the confidence) ...more
Jul 16, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, romance
Stars: 3.5-4/5

Focusing on the concepts of forgiveness, second chances, and independence, this novel is highly enjoyable, if not a little slow moving. While the pace dragged at times, I never lost interest in the characters or what was happening in their lives, although I did want to slap all of them upside the head. More than once. In a loving way, of course.

Writing was good and I'd definitely check out other books by this author. I enjoyed Gardner's style; it was to the point mo
Madison Parker
Jan 22, 2012 Madison Parker rated it it was amazing
I cried twice in chapter one! That's how quickly and deeply I felt for main character. This story had so much depth to it. It wasn't merely a tale of two people falling in love. As we discover that Michael's deceased partner of twelve years had been secretly having an affair, I found myself wanting to hate Phillip. But as the tale progresses, I found that I really couldn't. Especially after the scene where he "comes back" to Michael and professes his love for his husband. Despite his faults, I ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Raevyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is one of those stories that had me clenching my fist and crying at the same time. Michael was such a loyal and loving character... why is it always them that gets the bastard for a partner? Phillip was 18 years older and cheated in more than one way. Yes, he kept someone on the side but he also knew Michael would probably never find out because he was blind. He cheated Michael out of his independence too by 'taking care of him' and keeping him from doing many things on his own. So, Phillip ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Shanna rated it really liked it
I loved how this book took the reader all the way from the beginning when Michael is putting his partner to rest all the way through to when he's moved on and starting a life with Alan. There were loads of ups and downs and plenty of missteps by both guys but it gave the story a great sense of realism with out making the book drag. It was great that Michael took steps to be independent after he realized that he was too dependent on Phillip before he passed. Over all this book was an enjoyable ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
Sometimes love grows. Sometimes love dies. Sometime love lies. And sometimes love is blind. When it is all these and more, that is when you know hard love really is.

Michael is reeling from his partner Phillip's death. Nearly half of his life has been spent at Phillip's side, and now that he is gone, Michael is coming to realize just how much he depended on Philip to be there as guide and protector. Now he has to learn how to function again in a world that is as foreign to him as his own sight. B
Apr 19, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
Too Soon For Love from Kimberly is a contemporary M/M romance featuring a blind protagonist whose partner of twenty years has died. Michael Stricker has no clue how he’ll go on without Phillip Di Martino, the man he lived with and loved. Even though Michael’s blind, he functions almost as well as a sighted man, although Phillip’s family, including Phillip’s sister Jane, wants Michael to move in with her and her husband because she thinks Michael won’t be able to live on his own. Michael feels ...more
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Oct 18, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 Stars The storyline was engaging enough to be a 4 star read for me but just lost half a star for a couple of things.

Doing a love story about a person, Michael, whose long term partner has just died, is sometimes tricky to balance. Add in the bonus of the dead partner also cheating & then you run the risk of demonizing the old relationship in order to make the new one progress. That didn't really happen here. This was a fairly realistic portrait of someone coming to grips with his grief,
Nov 26, 2015 glorybox6 rated it did not like it
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At times it hurt to read this story and I had to lay it down and have a break because it got me so agitated. (view spoiler)
I liked the writing style and the
Oct 29, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, own, m-m-animals
4.5 stars

So obviously there was a lot I loved about this book. First, the Guide Dogs. I'm fascinated with assistance animals, all the things they can do, how they are trained, and it was cool to have this in a novel. I love books with pets in general, but even more so when they're actually part of the story, which was definitely the case here.

I really liked Michael building his independence back. I think in most relationships, especially long term ones, it's jarring after it ends to find out ho
Edina Rose
Feb 12, 2012 Edina Rose rated it liked it
Interesting read.
The plot is rich and well developed with a few unexpected twists.
The two main characters are flawed. Their flaws will either make the romantic reader drop the book like a hot potato OR care more about the characters. For me, it was the latter.

Disturbing bits: (view spoiler)

The end was not brilliant: not enough su
Jan 09, 2012 Sadonna rated it really liked it
Shelves: pdf, mm
This is a very well written story. It starts at a funeral, so right away, you know it's not going to be all sweetness and light. One of the things I really liked about the story included the portrayal of Philip's(the deceased) family and their overprotective tendencies toward Michael because of his disability - which are all too common. I really liked Alan - and I kept liking him more and more through the story. He stood up for what he believed in even though it costs him. He really does try to ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Meggie rated it liked it
The story is really full of emotions. Both main characters were warm and truly great together. I liked them a lot. They were interesting as a couple. The plot is a bit predictable, but hey it's great the way it is. We got great story.

The only strange point I have to express is sex scenes in this book, between Michael and Alan.
Let say that Michael was a kept boy from his youth by Phillip for 12 years. And as we get to know Phillip true Michaels memories, he was into Daddy/boy games and loved it.
Despite some flaws, I liked it.

There was quite a few happy coincidences, alongside characters and fairly long secondary stories introduced so that convenient solutions could happen.
I also had this uneasy feeling all the way through the book that something horrible was going to happen to one of the MCs and while I think that tension added to the reading experience it also didn't make for easy reading.

However I really liked that the MC's weren't perfect and made some stupid decisions. It added
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