Accompanied by a Waltz Book Cover Accompanied by a Waltz
Andrew Grey
M/M Romance
Dreamspinner Press
February 14, 2011

Reviewed by:    Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Jonathon Pfister has been in a loving relationship with his partner, Greg, for seventeen years.  They are as deeply in love today as the day they met.  Only Greg’s two sons from his former marriage cause trouble; they hate Jonathon and blame him for their parents’ divorce.  Greg’s daughter, Jeana, has always had good feelings about her father and his lover.  But tragedy strikes when Greg suddenly dies, leaving Jonathon in a terrible state of depression.  The only light in his otherwise dreary life is Jeana who comes to live with Jonathan and begins to call him dad.  Jeana never objected to their relationship since she discloses she is a lesbian.

As a gift, Jeana arranges for Jonathan to go to Vienna for two months, where he will stay in an apartment owned by her girlfriend, Inge’s family.  It has been two long years since Greg’s death, and Jonathon still can’t get himself to move on.  He refuses to allow himself to find a new man, always feeling as though he is betraying Greg.  Realizing he has to try to start living again, Jonathon accepts Jeana’s gift.

In Vienna he meets Fabian, Inge’s cousin, a man who shows an interest in him, an interest Jonathon still feels unable to reciprocate.  Although attracted to Fabian who is a tall, handsome man, Greg is still in his thoughts.  How long can he hide his attraction?  When will he realize that he is not betraying Greg?  Jonathon is a wonderful, caring man and deserves to find love again.

As Jonathon and Fabian spend more time together their attraction deepens.  But, will Jonathon give in to his desires? Even Jeana, Greg’s daughter tries to get Jonathon to open his heart again and let Fabian in.  She knows that Greg would want him happy and would not want him to keep depriving himself of love.

This was a wonderful love story about a man who lost everything the day his lover died and who has to fight to let love back into his life.  While reading this book I realized that I stopped thinking of it as a book about a gay relationship but as a book about two people dedicated to each other.  Their love was one that anyone would hope for no matter their sex.  The story was beautifully written.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a really great love story.  The author makes you feel Jonathon’s pain over losing Greg.  Watching Jonathon deal with his loss while trying to go on with his life was so realistic and something so many of us have had to face.