Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: A stories that shows family isn’t always just blood but those you choose to have in your life.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.
But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.
It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.
Review: Seriously?!? How could you not love these guys? And not just the main characters, Charlie and Josh, but the secondary characters are all pretty awesome too (well, except Charlie’s parents, who just suck)!
Honestly, some of my favorite parts of this book were Charlie’s conversations with Greg, and some of the interactions with Charlie and Andrew and Josh and Andrew. And I did kind of love Simon too! Josh was so sweet and shy and scared. He wanted to just be himself, and felt sad and scared and guilty that he wasn’t when it came to his brother. It was sad and frustrating to watch him struggle, but it was because of watching this struggle that we got to see how patient and understanding Charlie is.
Charlie knew from the moment he saw Josh that they could be something special together, and although he did get frustrated at times, after seeing Josh’s parents he realizes exactly why Josh is so hesitant to open up to Andrew—because of what he stands to lose.
I love to see stories that show a family isn’t always just blood, but is about those you choose to have in your life that will be with you through anything and stand by you and love you unconditionally. Although throughout this book Tanner is mentioned only a few times, and we don’t actually meet him (well, not technically), I can’t wait for book two to find out Andrew and Tanner’s story!
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