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Rough Recall

(Tidewater #3)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Zach left small town Edenburg twenty years ago. He got out, went to school, started a business, and never forgot his first love, Mason Gilbert. When he hears Mason's mother has died of a stroke, he drops everything to help his best friend get through it. But Zach left Edenburg for a reason.

Since Zach left, Mason has managed to make a small space for himself in Edenburg. He
Kindle Edition, Third Edition, 73 pages
Published September 8th 2017 by LoveLight Press (first published July 9th 2013)
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Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love Has No Boundaries Anthology: Volume 11. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!

So initially, I really liked this. I wish there were a smaller time gap instead of twenty years to make it more believable, but I appreciate the thought. But where things turned for me was the first sex scene, I wasn't really feeling an emotional connection from Mason (view spoiler)
I didn't enjoy this one too much. The setting was just too ridiculous as this story takes place in a town full of idiots. The over the top homophobia was just ridiculous. Zach returns to a town after 20 years and people are still holding a grudge against him for being gay? One guy overcharges Zach for groceries because he's gay which seems like an incredibly stupid thing to do unless you're looking to get sued. Zach's best friends wife says hateful things to Zach & Zach is supposed to feel bad t ...more
I think there where so many things that did nor kind of "fit together" that I can't even really say why I did not like this story. Maybe a few points.
Well, when I remember right it was in the promp but hey, please tell me the secret of this guy in the picture who is supposed to be around 40 years old...
Who the hell leaves everything behind to expect his first love will, whom he ddn't have contact too all the time, would just take him back after 20 years? He might even have a partner.
Never kn
3.5 Stars

Good story and good characters. I did find there were, to me, some obvious gaps...(view spoiler)
Jenn (not Lily)
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short
Excellent story! I'll have to look up more by this author for sure. ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story didn't make any sense to me. This review is spoilerish so be warned:
1. Zack goes back to his home town after 20 years. There's no family he goes back to. No relatives. Just a town full of homophobic asswipes who are holding a grunge against him after 20 years??
2. He left Mason 20 years ago and is still in love with him. He wants a future with him but they didn't have any kind of contact for 20 years?
3. He is rudely insulted be the wife of his best friend and sees the need to apologis
Kendra T
I'm voluntarily reviewing a free advance reader copy I received from the author.

I received this book as Rough Recall, but it appears to be Baited with a different title. I am not sure what has changed between the two books (I didn't read Baited previously), so I'm not sure if there is more information added to this to make it a different book.

That said, I had a hard time really grasping the deep connection between the MC's, and didn't quite get what made Zach and Mason get together. Zach had str
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, awesome, awesome. This was so good. It made me cry but that was ok. Excellent writing.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, the pace was slow but it works for the storyline. Zach and Mason were best friends from sense they were kids. In high school their friendship more. Zach went off to college and left Mason behind, ten years later Zach moves back home to try and rekindle the friendship and to become lovers again. Mason has changed, he lives in the closet trying to stay under everyone's radar. Achieving back to town brings the ugly bigotry into light. The two men try to relearn about each ...more
Denise GremoryKohta
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago in the Love Has No Boundaries set and loved it. Reading it again and I'm still blown away by the depth of emotions. Love Amelia btw. She really gave life to the story. Same with Kelly. All the characters really brought the town to life. And we can't forget Bailey. Seriously a great read and I found out there are more books. Yay!! I was given the privilege and opportunity to receive an advanced reader copy and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review. ...more
Devan Huff
Review originally published on Nautical Star Books . A copy of this book was provided at no charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Zach has just returned to Edenburg after having fled the small town 20 years previously. When he left, he also left his first love Mason behind as well and no amount of sleeping around or focusing on his career will let him forget his first love. He leaves everything behind in a desperate attempt to reconnect with the man who holds his hear
Veronica of V's Reads
Zach and Mason were childhood lovers, but Mason wouldn't come out of the closet. Nor would he leave their small town to follow Zach to college. Twenty years have passed and Zach has returned home, to be a comfort to Mason whose mother just passed away. See, Zach was sure Mason never "came out" because he didn't want to upset his mom--and Zach is hopeful that Mason will want to be a couple now.

Thing is, you can't go back home. And the small town where they live has some seriously homophobic issue
Joyfully Jay
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jason
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

I am starting to become a real fan of Veldura’s novellas. The two I have read had some good, unique twists and elements and the tension and angst are well done. I immediately took to Mason’s character and liked Zach’s, but had a hard time reconciling the “sell it all and hope for the best” course of action he took.

The secondary characters are polar opposites, not really demonstrating much depth, but serving a larger purpose in the story and so the hatred and acce
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dritc
LHNB Story released 9.7.13
This is a very nice reunited lovers story set in a small prejudiced town. After he hears about the death of Mason's mother, Zach returns to the small town where he grew up some 20 years after he left. His sole objective to win Mason back. There is a great supportive cast in this story, but my favourites have to be Amelia and Jasper the cat - particularly the tuna sandwich scenes they have together. There's no big drama in this between the two MCs, save for Mason's reluc
Can an adult go back to their small town home after never looking back for almost 20 years?
I seriously doubt it. People would be too made about being forgotten without a Holiday card for so many years so when Mason reacts badly to Zach's return, the only one surprised is Zach and perhaps his loyal cat Jasper.
The small town bigotry in Edenburg wasn't surprising either, but I loved the wild bird portions of this short story. It was fascinating and made this original because childhood friends chang
Cassie Richards
This was a lovely little story about Zach, who returns to his home town and lost-love after twenty years when he learns that love's mother has died. He's given up his home and his job to come back and he's thrown when he's not welcomed back with open arms. Mason isn't exactly pleased to see the guy who walked out on him 20 years ago, but gradually the two re-connect and find what they lost despite the best efforts of a town full of homophobic idiots.

The story is funny and serious and well writte
I had a tough time getting through all this and I think I have to attribute it to the discrepancy between the inspiration picture and how old I felt the main characters actually were.

There was a lot of back and forth, accusations and pushing. If the hurt felt real, the resolution felt forced.

I definitely appreciate the author's gift of the story.

[NOTE: I rate most writing event stories (free reads) 4 or 5 stars because of my appreciation of the author's participation.]
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than I expected due to the relatively low overall rating. I can be pretty critical when it's deserved, but I can't find too much fault with this. Good character development (both primary and secondary). Good plotline with satisfying emotional content as well as the closure of conflict & resolution. Great sexual content between 2 beautiful men. What's not to like? ...more
Wow! I didn't know whether or not to be pissed off with Zach for leaving Mason and then daring to come back after so many years away. I loved the reading of the will. Masons mom must have been one smart and witty woman. ...more
Rachel Emily
I just loved this! So many great things in this story...great characters, I just loved Amelia, and I liked the pace of it as Zach got to re-know Mason. His mother's will was the best thing ever. Thank you for a beautiful story, I really enjoyed this one! ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
3 read for me.

I liked it, but I didn't love it.
I think the 20 year break was what killed it for me. 20 years without a single phone call, but he comes back and Mason is suppose to be just waiting.

I wasn't feeling the characters connection.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-yummies
3.5 stars but upped to 4 'cos I did like Zach!

OK, 20 years should have made a difference, but I can understand why, in some places, it does not.
A sweet story, with reluctant MCs, but I appreciated the likely HEA!!!
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - I really enjoyed this story and the characters. Nice interpretation of the photo and the story letter. Thank you Tami Veldura for donating your story, your time and your talent.
Izzah Zulaikha
So sweet ;;D
Mason's mother is so cool xD
But i wonder how their life will be in the town...
There will e full of hardships...
Anyways, Thank you!
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
3.75 stars
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, novella
A really good, fast paced romance with an emotional HEA. dI wish, we got a sequel to this story, because I liked it to much. Hope we will get more from Tami Veldura!
Katy Beth Mckee
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Zach has come back to help a friend and hopefully rekindle an old flame. But there seems to be a lot to overcome. And accepting each other is really just the start.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unrealistic, but highly romantic idea.
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Tami Veldura is an enby/aro/ace author of queer fiction. Their pronouns are they/them/Mx. They love romance, fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories that push genre limits. Their work has been nominated for the M/M Goodreads Reader Choice Awards and they have been nominated and placed in the Rainbow Awards.

Website: Failure To Communicate
Twitter handle: tamiveldura
Email: tamiveldura@gmail.

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