My rating: 3 of 5 stars
ebook, 138 pages
Published January 8th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
Available at: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1615813799 (ISBN13: 9781615813797)
Book Description/Review Below:
Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone. Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt's affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt's co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together-if he can even convince Matt to try.
Romantic - YES
Sweet - YES
Tummy Squeezes - YES
Happily Ever After - YES
"The only thing you can do is decide how to live your own life. And to hell with everybody else"
So then why a 3.5?
My hesitation in giving this a higher rating is that it had predictable devices, BUT then I also found myself being surprised as a twist slowly developed. The story started out really well, has all the elements that make a MM romance enjoyable, but a couple of unnecessary cliche scenes gooped up the story and made it feel like a junior effort in an otherwise believable book. Also, I felt like the "promises" theme was dropped somewhere in the middle of the book.
So, this is a solid 3.5 stars. I can't quite go 4 stars, but I can recommend it as a solid read.
Matt Richards --
"Whatever this is with me and you, it's so much more, and I can't make it go away."
How could those words make me so happy while hurting so much at the same time?
Gorgeous Matt is the new guy in town and he makes fast friends with Jared. The author did a superb job in making it clear that Matt was struggling with his emotions, but I would have like to see certain parts of this story from his perspective.
Jared Thomas --
"...you can't just pick tiny pieces of yourself to share, and keep the rest to yourself. It doesn't work that way. It's all or nothing."
Jared is secure with his life. He's out to his family and friends, living where he wants to be and has everything in control. Then Matt enters his life.
The light breeze, the smell of the forest, the rushing water, the whispering leaves--they seem to fill me, like my soul is opening up and being swept clean. It is the only thing in my life I could call spiritual.
I found the writing straight forward and clean. Not prose filled, but still visual enough to keep me high in the mountains and this little town of Cody.
It was simply a silent recognition that we truly were kindred spirits. That we had both been alone for a long time and maybe we didn't need to be anymore.
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