Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father’s macho views. But emotionally he doesn’t fit anywhere, and he can’t connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates. Robby’s not in the closet, because he’s never guessed he’s gay. Now he owns a small commercial construction company, and one night after work he runs into Savannah Meyers. He finds her fascinating and agrees to a date, thinking maybe this woman would be different.
But Savannah has her own agenda. She is looking for a love match for her roommate, Tristan Chartrand, whom she rescued from the streets years ago. He’s like a brother, and her only family, so she wants him safe and happy. Her plan seems to begin well, because when Robby meets Tristan, he’s surprised to find it’s Tristan he wants, not Savannah. But some people in Robby’s life don’t approve of Tristan’s lowly station in life, and some don’t approve of Robby being gay. Some people are full of hate and violence, and Robby and Tristan will need courage and strength if a loving future is to be part of the deal.
Mia Kerick is an author who writes books that deal with subjects most shy away from, she isn’t afraid to take the tough subject and bring it to light in a way that people can read about something entertaining and learn about something important all at once. This book is no different, Liam and Jason are both dealing with the after shocks of a mass shooting, loosing people in the shooting, survivors guilt, and coming to realize that they feel something more than friendship for the other. This book allows you to look beyond typical definitions of gay or straight and just witness love as it happens, raw and emotional. No pretenses. Just love. I think that is something that I love about Mia’s work – it is always real.
A beautifully written story about a horrible tragedy and the following aftermath. This had to be one of the best stories about two men falling in love while identifying themselves as straight. This is a gay-for-you tale shown realistically. The love these men feel for each other sort of extends beyond gender and sexual orientation.
On the surface, this isn’t a romance. This is about fear and learning how to live with it, confusion, acceptance, lack of acceptance, and the discovery that one’s hero just might need saving too. There’s a saying: the life you save may be your own. This is the truest description I can give of our hero. Liam is big, strong, cool under pressure, loving, but oh so very much in need of saving. He has hero syndrome and the reason why will break your heart. Once Jason realizes the man that constantly rides to his rescue is hiding something even darker than the hell they’ve already faced together, he makes it his mission to help him and I was thrilled to see him set aside his own fears. It really was the only way they could move forward as a couple in a healthy relationship—codependent, yes, but openly and without illusion.
Dig deeper and this is very much a romance between two men who fit despite all the reasons why they shouldn’t. There are all the little quirks of getting to know someone, tender loving moments, great sex, dinner dates, meet the family moments, and flowers. It takes great skill as an author to fit all these pieces together and make it work. The love story wasn’t written as a cure-all for all the other issues, it was a complement, and that’s a skill I can only hope to learn someday.