Author: Chris Cox
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Cox Endeavors
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Summary: Friends since grade school, in love since high school, Rusty and Sean have grown up together. When Sean graduates from college, he is offered his dream job, thousands of miles away from home.
Two months apart while Sean trains for his new career has stirred all kinds of insecurities in Rusty. When they are finally reunited, Sean seems—different. Or is it Rusty who has changed?
When life experiences challenge their love and commitment, Sean and Rusty must decide. Will they move on with lives together or apart?
Review: Let me start out by saying this short story packs a lot of emotion between the two lovers, Rusty and Sean. This segment picks up after the first Bayou Boys, Meant to Be. In that part, Sean has graduated from college and they have to move from student housing. Unfortunately, so far Sean has been on thirteen job interviews with no offers. Rusty works as a landscape designer for his family but Sean needs to contribute. His own family threw him out when they found out he was gay, so Rusty is all he has.
What I loved about this story was that it was difficult for them. When Sean finally gets a job offer it is thousands of miles away. And while I understood his need to help them be independent, I couldn’t help but think “how selfish” in all he expects Rusty to just give up, walk away from. Then I’d remember how much Sean had been through and how much he wanted, no, needed to prove himself worthy of Rusty.
There were no times I felt like this was a passing issue – it was serious and problematic for these guys. I admit, I love their interaction together, the way they are, the way they want to be. It’s going to be tough for these guys but you know they’ll make it.