Author: Kate McMurray
Reviewed by: Kevin
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
ISBN 13: 9781613726976

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Summary: Since childhood, Jake, Adam, Kyle, and Brendan have been teammates, best friends, brothers. Then one day, when they were twenty-five, Adam disappeared without a word, devastating his friends—none more so than Jake, who had secretly loved Adam since they were teenagers.

Now, five years later, Adam is back, and he has his mind set on Jake. But those years of anger, hurt, and confusion are a lot to overcome, and Jake doesn’t find it easy to forgive. He isn’t sure they’ll ever fit together the way they did. Jake, Kyle, and Brendan have moved on with their lives, but Adam’s high-profile career keeps him in the closet—the same place he’s been for years. Still, his apologies seem sincere, and the attraction is still there. Jake desperately wants to give him a chance. But first he has to find out why Adam left and if he’s really back for good.

Review: This is a story for every boy who has ever dreamed about the boy next door, his best friend and the jock of the sports team.  This is an emotionally satisfying, well written story by an author that I can’t wait to read more of. The characters were well developed, the storyline well thought out and researched and the romance one for the records books in this reviewer’s opinion.

To Jake, coming out as gay seemed to be an easy decision. Once he came out to his family and best friends, especially Adam, he thought his life would be normal and even more happy. But that was soon to change when Adam walked out of his life after finding out, only to resurface five years later ready to begin again. But sometimes the past cannot be forgotten and the only way to move forward is to face your demons head on. Jake finds once again he is falling for Adam, but what will he do if Adam walks out of his life again? Will he be able to survive and will he even want to?

Adam walked out on his three best friends and love of his life without even looking back. A man haunted by his demons and his sexuality, he tries to make it in the world on his own.  Unaccepted by his parents and deeply hidden in the closet he tried to ignore his feeling for the man he love and the world he feels he cannot be part of. But all that will turn his life upside down when he decided it is time to come home to the friends he misses and the love he can live without.

But all will is not that easily forgiven and the past will need to be made right before the two lovesr can continue on to the future that waits them

The dynamic between Adam and Jake was amazing. The fact that Jake could not just forgive Adam easily made it all the more real to me, something that I feel is important in contemporary romance.  Someone hurts you, it takes something to get over it. I love how he help Adam to embrace his sexuality, but more so I love how Adam makes Jake realize how valuable he is to everyone around him. Very romantic.

 

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