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The Past Comes Home (Ames Bridge #2)

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Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular his brother’s best friend, Brad. Pax now runs a successful art gallery, but he’s never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did.

Brad Watson is back in town for his twentieth high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He’s there for one reason:
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Published October 3rd 2017 by Silvia Violet Books
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~2.5~

Pax was the biggest Debbie Downer of all time. He was scared of and worried about everything! His lifelong crush is back in town declaring his love, and all Pax focuses on is that Brad will leave.

Brad asks Pax to pick him up from a bar. Pax sulks because it's late and he doesn't want to get out of bed.

Brad tells Pax he's crushing on him. Pax asks, "You are?" Any declaration Brad makes, Pax questions.

Brad wants to visit Pax's parents (Brad was best friends with Pax's older brother); Pax wo
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I was crazy excited about this book. I mean, brother's best friend, age gap, unrequited love being requited twenty years later... what's not to like?

Pax. Pax is what I don't like. Let me tell you about Pax. There are realists. There are pessimists. Then there's Pax. He deserves a category unto himself with its own personal black cloud following him around like Pigpen. You'd think the fact that he's been crushing on and for all intents and purposes half in love with
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Andrew
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Just problematic.
Trio
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
3.5 stars
Very nice. It's a solid story but I didn't like it quite as much as the first one. I didn't really feel their relationship as much and I didn't love the characters. Still a nice story and always beautifully written by Silvia Violet.
Joyfully Jay
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
Updated for audio review:
Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


The Past Comes Home is the second book in Silvia Violet’s Ames Bridge series, and it works fine as a standalone. I read the first book, and while Pax is a secondary character there, you don’t have to have read that book for this one to make sense.

Where Violet excels for me is characterization. Here we have two MCs who have both pined for the other. While this could have been too over the top, the aut
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Carra
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The setup for this story is just right, it’s got a second chance vibe without really being a true second chance romance, and one of my favorite tropes—brother’s best friend/best friend’s brother—all in one. Just from that I was already keen to get started on this book.

I was already interested in Pax after reading the first book in this series, and for the most part I was happy with him here in this story. My only nit-pick with him was his ongoing negative outlook at how things would be if Brad s
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Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
3.5 Stars

Paxton and his older brother, Rob’s best friend, Brad, have always had a crush on each other, but neither is aware their feelings are mutual or that the other is even gay. Brad and Paxton both moved away after college, Brad to Chicago and Paxton to Savanna, but after Rob’s sudden death, Pax moves back home to help his parents get past their loss. Fast forward two years and Brad has returned to their small consecutive town for his 20th high school reunion, with a plan to finally win over
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Ali
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was a nice story that showed love and the support of others can get you through. Pax is mostly happy with his life and has really closed himself off to love as he knows it is hard in their small town. Brad never got over his attraction to Pax and is finally at the point in his life where he wants to pursue him.

Brad and Pax haven’t really seen each other much since Brad graduated high school but neither have
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Lila Hunter
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zz-10-uc-mm
Rate: 3.5 stars
mw138
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This is an enjoyable read with likable characters that will make you root for their happiness and success. I really liked Brad and his strength, tenacity and big heart. Pax was a little more difficult. Don’t get me wrong, I liked him, but his persistent, and often unfounded, doubts about Brad grated my nerves a bit. Even though several background characters were introduced throughout the book, I didn’t feel as though it was weighed down by them. They were all necessary to effectively t
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Lidia
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall i liked the story, Pax is very cute and Brad came back for him, after twenty years nothing is changed, the chemistry is there. One thing have me a bit puzzled , the two main characters have both more than thirty years but not looks as it from some dialogues and behaviour.
ItsAboutTheBook
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: candicelyn
Review can be read at It's About The Book

3.5 stars

The Past Comes Home is the second book in the Ames Bridge series by Silvia Violet. In the first book we met Cal and Beck along with some friends. Pax was one of those friends we met. He’s an artist, business owner, and an out gay man in a small town. The only one besides Cal (and now Beck).

I actually despise Ames Bridge and if I lived there I’d move. There is no one that could make me live where I had to fear insults, slurs, blatant bigotry,
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Candice
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The Past Comes Home is the second book in the Ames Bridges series by Silvia Violet. In the first book we met Cal and Beck along with some friends. Pax was one of those friends we met. He’s an artist, business owner, and an out gay man in a small town. The only one besides Cal (and now Beck).

I actually despise Ames Bridges and if I lived there I’d move. There is no one that could make me live where I had to fear insults, slurs, blatant bigotry, and possible harm on a daily basis. I have no idea h
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Jessie G.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: silvia-violet
I love a good second chance romance and while Brad and Pax never acted on their first chance, there was still a lot of history between them to overcome. In small town Ames Bridge, acceptance is a slow moving process and while more of the town is standing behind Cal & Beck (Book 1), there are still (loud) dissenters. Pax knows all about them, having been the subject of their bullying all his life. He’d gotten out once, but after the death of his older brother, he returns to be closer to his a ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
The Past comes Home is the second book in the Ames Bridge series, and we reunite with Pax, who we met in the first book when he supported Beck and Cal. In this book, we start off when he is a teenager. He is watching his older brother and his brother's best friend, and realises that what ticks his boxes is NOT the female anatomy. The years pass, and tragedy strikes Pax's family, but his feelings towards his brother's best friend remain the same. So when Brad comes back to town for a school reuni ...more
ButtonsMom2003
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
A great second chance romance!

The Past Comes Home is book two in the Ames Bridge series. It can be read as a standalone but I believe you will enjoy it more if you read book one first. We met Pax in book one and learned a lot about him.

Paxton Marshall has lusted after his brother's best friend since he was a teen and first realized that the feelings he had weren't hero worship but something more. Too bad that Brad is straight – or is he?

I love a good second chance romance. Even though Paxton and
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Helena Stone
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The past comes home is a sweet and rather touching love story. Twenty years after they both privately admitted to themselves they were attracted to the other, Pax and Brad at last confess as much to each other. In theory it should be an easy and exciting coming together of two men who were always meant to be together; in practice it is a wee bit more complicated as misunderstandings, doubts, and hostile locals make life complicated for our two men.

I loved the setting of this book becaus
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Heather
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4-1/2 Stars
Paxton Marshall has crushed on his big brother's BFF since he was a teenager. Brad Watson has been crushing on his BFF's little brother since high school. Will twenty years and learning the other has felt the same be enough for these two to finally find happiness or did they miss their opportunity ages ago?

The Past Comes Home is a lovely read with interesting characters that will warm your heart, it may break your heart too at times but it's the warmth that is at the heart of this sto
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Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love friends to lovers…especially when they’ve been in love for so long like Pax and Brad. This also has the feel of a 2nd chance romance even though they really never got a first chance.

I love Brad. I love how he finally is going after what he wants and how he pretty much has always done and will always do anything for Pax. I love how open to change he is, especially when potentially moving back to a not so open town. The statement he makes with the reunion activity is awesome and he makes a
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Heather Martin
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Signal Boost Promotions for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

The Past Comes Home is Book 2 in Silvia Violet’s Ames Bridge series. You could probably read this book as a standalone but the town where the story takes place and most of the characters appeared in Book 1 so it would be more enjoyable to read this in the appropriate order.

Paxton figured out at a young age that he liked boys thanks to his crush o
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Katie Townsend
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved

I loved the past comes home it was such a amazing story

I fell in love with pax and brads story they stole my heart their journey had my emotions all over the place

Well following pax and brads journey you feel like your with them during ups and downs and uncertainty you just want to grab them and hug them

The past comes home was such a beautifully written story
Zane Kage
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5
3.5 stars
Bookbeard
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
3.5
Jennifer
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book would have been more enjoyable if Pax was not so whiny. Nothing seemed to please him!
Shirley
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm liking this series so far. Although I think I might have liked Down on the Farm a little bit better, it's not enough to make me want to choose between the two couples. The interesting thing is that there were some similarities between the couples in both books, they just took slightly different routes in reaching their HEAs. ;)

I liked both these guys and I'm really glad that readers got both POVs. There was a lot of back story with Brad and Pax and some of it was heart breaking. Brad kind of
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Ames Bridge (3 books)
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