Reviewed by: Wendy
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: N/A
Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.
However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.
There is absolutely nothing simple about how much I love and adore this book! It isn’t any one thing that made it perfect for me; it’s the combination of everything that just clicked and left me with a warm and happy fuzzy feeling at the end.
The notion of “less is more” struck a chord as it pertained to the level of angst in this story. There may not have been a lot of conflict going on here because Skip and Paul did fall pretty easily into their romantic relationship; however, it’s amazing how much fear and self-doubt can be left behind to wreak havoc on a new relationship when someone has been cast off from a long-standing one. Skip was very fearful of ending up with another broken heart, so he tended to hold back a piece of himself and clumsily change the subject whenever things looked like they might be getting too close to a real commitment. Paul was a very patient man, but everyone’s patience has a limit and I felt very emotional when Skip’s hesitancy and Paul’s patience came head to head in a fight for supremacy.
The secondary characters in this book were more than fifty shades of fabulous – I loved every single one of them! Even though Skip and Paul were awesome, and hot, and set off all kinds of fireworks together, the secondary characters were responsible for doling out the humor, embarrassment, love and swift kicks in the ass that made this story all kinds of wonderful. From the mischievous meddling mothers, to the fiercely protective (but not afraid to embarrass) siblings, to Skip’s first lover and later best “girl” friend Faith – the loyal listener (that helped him come out after confirming he was gay), to Skip’s best “guy” friend Johnny – the “get your head out of your ass” reality check (who ended up as Faith’s husband and gay-loving straight guy extraordinaire and couldn’t seem to get enough of the scoop on the gay sex life) – yeah, loved them all!
For a combination of romance, humor, heat, second chances, crazy friends & family, and a very satisfying happy ending, check out this book. I was sad to let go of Skip and Paul and would love to read more about them as well as anything else this author has to offer!!