Grade twelve is flying by like a pride parade of gay freedom and love until Skyler finds his gorgeous downtown boyfrie...moreSynopsis:
A West Coast Boys Novel
Grade twelve is flying by like a pride parade of gay freedom and love until Skyler finds his gorgeous downtown boyfriend cheating on him over Christmas break. The breakup leaves him raw and not up to ignoring the usual gay taunts from soccer star Ryan and his teammates.
When Skyler loses it, he’s surprised to find a straight jock like Ryan knows what it’s like to have your heart broken and what it’s like not to belong. Behind his cocky smile, Ryan is feeling hopeless about his grades, his chances of getting into university, and his lack of real friends.
When Ryan invites him on a family ski trip, Skyler thinks escaping the city will let him lick his very private wounds in peace. He doesn’t count on Ryan’s warmth and affection amid the grandiose snow-covered mountains with their wonderland white trees, or the magical way Ryan’s silky hair fills with perfect six-point snowflakes. He certainly doesn’t expect Ryan to have secrets of his own that could burn them both--or lead to Skyler’s first truly loving relationship.
I enjoyed this. It was cute and sweet and actually pretty hot in some parts. The thing that gets to me most when I got to the end of it is that it feels unfinished. Yeah, things work out for these two, but (view spoiler)[I wanted to see them go all the way together and see that wonderful first time between them (hide spoiler)] and I feel like Ryan's personal issues with himself, outside of accepting whatever his sexuality is, weren't really resolved. He still doesn't know what to do with his life and while he seems really put together, he's got some self-esteem issues. I wanted to see Skyler really support Ryan through something. Ryan is definitely there for Skyler through the whole story and Skyler listens to him when he talks, but I think they need to have a conversation about this. It's their last year in high school, after all. What's going to come for them after that?
I may not be asking these questions if book 2 wasn't switching to Jeremy and Logan (I have no desire to read about these two together). It's possible that because of their connections to Skyler and Ryan, we'll see those two in book 2 and maybe get some kind of update on what they're up to, but I'd have rather had that be a part of their own story.
So, while I did enjoy the story, I didn't love it as much as I wanted to.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I ended up reading this book into the wee hours one morning when I couldn't sleep. I had fallen asleep earlier in the night and woke up so...moreMy Thoughts:
I ended up reading this book into the wee hours one morning when I couldn't sleep. I had fallen asleep earlier in the night and woke up some time after midnight and couldn't get back to sleep. For whatever reason, the book I had been reading wasn't doing it for me so on a whim, I started this one. Then I stayed awake reading it until about two hours before I had to get up to go to work and then finished the rest of it on the way into work. For some reason, this book just worked for me. The relationship isn't a typical one, even with porn star MCs. The way that they work out their relationship may not work for some people, but I think it worked out best for them.
I really liked both Liam and Gael, though Liam shouldn't have just run off the way that he did. Gael was awesome for tracking him down and making him face what was between them. I was glad when Gael finally got to tell Liam the truth. (less)
Five years ago, an accident fractured Gabe Cooper’s family. Believing it was broken beyond repair, Gabe and his best friend Jamie Carlson lef...moreSynopsis:
Five years ago, an accident fractured Gabe Cooper’s family. Believing it was broken beyond repair, Gabe and his best friend Jamie Carlson left Minnesota behind for San Diego sunshine and college. Now another crisis brings Gabe home to help his ailing father, and he finally has to face the guilt that kept him away for so long.
Scott Stark also returns to Minnesota, with his young niece and nephew in tow, shouldering new family responsibilities. While Gabe comes to grips with his past, Scott struggles to accept his present role as a substitute parent, caring for two children, each with different needs. As Gabe and Scott get to know each other, reclaiming family life almost seems possible. Only two things stand in the way of love: Gabe’s unresolved relationship with Jamie, and Scott’s plan to leave Minnesota as soon as he can. Both men will have to accept past mistakes if they want to salvage a future together, and time is running out.
For some reason, I really devoured this book. I can't even put my finger on why. I cared about Gabe, Scott, Emma and Josh, but as characters go, they don't imprint on me as much as others have. Still, I wanted things to work out for all of them and I wanted a happy outcome for them all. They did get that and I'm glad for it. For whatever reason, this book had my complete attention while I was reading it. I'm happy that I did read it. The characters felt real enough, though they were pretty burdened with their issues. Still, things worked out and that's all I could really ask for.
I'm not sure if I'm going to read Jamie's book, but it sounds like he's got plenty of demons of his own to fight.(less)