Contemporary, LGBT, New Adult, Romance

Review: REWIND by Rowan Shaw

REWINDThe day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed. Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him down…until the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heart.

Florian Beaudry had his whole life figured out. His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last. Or so he believed…until he walked in on his girlfriend and best friend.

Still on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian. The one person he thought he would never see again. The one person he missed the most. 

Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?

REWIND is an MM romance novel set entirely in France. Though part of a series, it is a standalone story without a cliffhanger.

3 Stars

MM Romance | New Adult | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during an Instgram Tour with ANovelTakePR in exchange for an honest review***

So everyone knows I absolutely adore M/M Romances, right? I mean this shouldn’t be a shocker at this point. I love a good M/M Romance honestly. I like the angst, the connections, the struggles – it just gives me feels. And REWIND definitely had me gushing at the synopsis, sign me up for the second change love! We’re going in…

Oh the characters, lets see if I can do this without rambling. Enzo was definitely a cutie, very much naive innocent cutie pie. Yep, that is how I am going to describe him entirely. Honestly even though I can say I really did enjoy his character I still felt he was rather lack luster, not memorable. Not in necessarily a bad way, but just simply wasn’t eye catching. I did love his personal struggles both with his ex which played a huge hindrance on his self-esteem but also himself and his friend. But again, with that being said, he was simply someone who lacked a back bone, for obvious reasons yes, but I still felt there was more of a growth or potential for his character that wasn’t entirely evolved until sixty percent of the novel. With that being said he did finally step up his game, having his voice heard, especially considering his disability. It just made his character shine more, just would have preferred more of that strong willed male character through more of the novel and not so much as the backbone to the ending of the book.

As for Florian, ah, where to start. I think I am the hugest critic when it comes to the first person who is introduced and Florian is that character today. He was more or less the most annoying character. I think what most annoyed me with his personality is how he handled many situations. He complained and then he sulked, he pushed people away thinking he could solve the problem himself by removing himself, and honestly this is just a horrible personality trait in my opinion. It added more drama that in my opinion was unnecessary. On top of this, the secondary characters that surrounded the build of Florian’s situation was ultimately lack luster and redundant. The constant reminder of his bad choice in friends was adamant and his girlfriend, seriously what was her continued purpose again? It just baffled me how back and forth his character was with the growth, it honestly took a good while for his character to really push away from this persona and really shine.

Now that I think of it… there seems to be a trend with Florian and Enzo – both surround themselves with absolute toxic people. Both have friends who say they are looking out for them but really just seemed to drag their characters down. Interesting. Didn’t really pick up on that until I started rambling… go figure. I think that added to their growth, really it did. 

One thing I will admit is their chemistry and connection was great. Florian may be an annoying character but him with Enzo made me swoon. Mix in all their angsty drama from past and present, it was a whirlwind of a romance. So one thing I should mention is that Enzo and Florian knew one another previously, as in high school buddies and first time lovers, at least in the experimental sense discovering themselves and their sexuality. But it didn’t end well, for either. Florian holds a lot of guilt  for what happened with Enzo, the boys ganging up on them, Enzo losing his hearing, Florian views himself as a threat towards Enzo, feeling like he can’t protect his love. I think I liked this about their characters more than anything else, this is really what developed their growth for themselves and for the romance itself. They really depending on the other’s acceptance.

I REALLY enjoyed this about their romantic growth. I think this was actually the entirety of my enjoyment if I am being honest. I liked how they developed together emotionally and mentally. It was very beautiful. They overcame so much from their past just by rekindling their feelings. 

Overall, I enjoyed a lot about REWIND. Enzo and Florian were decently developed characters with a hot shade of internal struggles. Regardless of my personal pet peeves with the characters I still admit that this was worth the read. I can honestly never pass up a second chance romance with angst. It was great. I cannot wait to get my hands on RETURN, I have a feeling it will be a good one. 

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