Author: Jayson James
Reviewed by: Susan
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: M/M Young Adult
ISBN 13: N/A
Justin and Derrick have a secret that they revealed only to their closest friends. They are gay and are now a couple. The story of Justin and Derrick continues as they learn more about being a gay couple in their senior year of high school and the complications that arise from it. Some friends will have their backs while others simply stand on the sidelines. Other friends will be accepting and others will ridicule them.
Sometimes love is almost not enough to save a relationship and both Derrick and Justin begin to have their doubts as they watch relationships around them rise and fall. Justin and Derrick both want to have new experiences, new choices and make new friends, which leads to them questioning their own relationship. They soon discover that some of the people they consider friends have their own secrets, some darker than others. The couple begins to see how people react towards homosexuality and just how people want to deal with it and them.
Will Justin and Derrick be able to hold onto each other while their lives and secrets spiral around them?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?
Tormented Discovery, the sequel to Finding Our Way, reintroduces us to Derrick and Justin. The boys have been a couple for a while now, although just exactly how long is a matter of debate between the pair! Again we hear the story from alternating points of view but this time we also get to hear from Hayden, one of the boys’ other friends. In the first book, Derrick and Justin suspect that Hayden might also be gay and in a secret relationship with their friend, Ryan, so it was great to learn exactly what was going on there.
At the start of this book the boys are beginning their senior year of high school. This is their last year together as a group and then their lives will change. Disturbingly, Justin keeps finding threatening and hateful anonymous notes on his car and in his locker and he has no clue who could be leaving them.
Derrick is still frustrated by his mother’s insistence that he spend more time with his family and it’s clear that she has some serious issues with his homosexuality. Justin is developing a better relationship with his father since his mother left them and he has stopped drinking.
Derrick and Justin are an incredibly sweet couple and the intimacy between them is clear to see. Their relationship is changing and developing all the time but through it all they remain the best of friends as well as lovers.
Derrick is also developing a new friendship with Kristian despite the fact that Justin dislikes the other boy. Derrick enjoys having a new friend and tries to be supportive when Kristian confides in him about some serious stuff in his life. Kristian is not an easy character to understand although later in the story when we learn more about him his motivations become clearer.
For me, Hayden and Ryan are the stars of this second book. Their relationship was unique and quite indefinable and I really felt for them through their struggles and misunderstandings.
This story is filled with many interesting and well-developed characters and I began to care about all of them. This series is improving with each book and I am looking forward to learning what happens when the boys head off to college.