In many ways, this emotional story strikes me as closer to the real experience I have seen in the gay community than the typical twists and turns in many male/male romances. While I'm sure it continues today, the pattern of a gay man in denial, getting married to a woman, and coming out a bit later in life was very common among my gay friends in the 1980's and 1990's. On the positive side, it was meaningful to me to read a sympathetic but not necessarily uncritical story about this journey that so many of my friends endured.
On the other hand, the story moves through some life-changing actions and decisions at lightning speed, and I almost stopped reading at one point that seemed a bit disconnected from reality to me. To the author's credit, this "too soon" development then becomes an important theme throughout the rest of the story, so overall the emotional reactions eventually seemed relatively real and realistic.
Still, given such a weighty subject, it remains a somewhat brief male/male romance, with sudden heated scenes and the HEA required in the genre. In the end the speed of events (emotional and also perhaps physical) still seemed somewhat unrealistically quick to me and the ending a bit pat, so a solid, high four star "really good" read for me (rather than being blown away with five stars).