Jayson James – Drifting (Finding Our Way #3)

driftingAuthor: Jayson James
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13:   9781481291613

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

Summary:  What happens when the person you love is having doubts?

These two boyfriends have been through a lot. Best friends since childhood, fell in love in high school and thought they would be together forever. They stuck together even when their friends and family found out about their relationship. Struggling with challenge after challenge, they have finally made it to college and are living on their own. Living together is a whole new world and being open with their relationship is even more so.

Spending every day together as a couple they begin to learn about their differences. Things that never bothered them are now annoying traits driving a wedge between them. Can their relationship survive their differences? Can it handle new friends and new romances? Will they find their way together or will they drift apart?

Review: This is the third in a series following the story of Justin and Derrick, friends turned best friends turned boyfriends who are now struggling to find their way together.  They are now together away at college, out and living together in the dorm.  Sounds perfect, right?  Well, hmmmm.

As they being the journey to being real adults, real problems start to intrude.  They have conflicting interests.  Conflicting schedules.  Friends who aren’t doing them any favors.  They are trying to stay together but now every little thing is adding to the burden.  And remember, this relationship, while not new, really is new in a way.  They are away from family, old friends and the old routine.

The story is told in alternating point of view, so we get the emotions of both men.  We are also introduced to a couple of new people (at least I think they are new to this book.  I haven’t read the first two in the series but since they meet at college…).  Ian and Ryan are lovely.  Ryan is so shy and Ian so chattermouthed, they just are great characters.

What I liked about this couple is that it wasn’t really anything earth shattering that was causing problems.  It was the real life stuff that splits apart couples all the time. Things that as a new love are cute  – he leaves his towel on the floor  – are entirely a different matter as an established couple.  Especially one dealing with all new territory in life. I felt for both of them.  They spend time hurting each other, sometimes unintentionally, sometimes on purpose.  It was heart wrenching to read sometimes.

Something that dropped my rating just a little was the dialogue.  At times, it was so formal sounding that it was difficult to imagine two college students, best friends and boyfriends, talking to each other this way.  “We still have a couple of more issues to deliberate on…” just seemed stiff to be coming from Derrick while talking to friends.  This happens often, so I am assuming this is the author’s writing style.

When they finally start communicating, they handle it as rational adults, even as some rash actions cause more problems.  I admit, I was hoping their knee-jerk reactions to the dorm situation wouldn’t have been solved so easily.  I wanted them to see the consequences but that’s not nearly as romantic, I suppose. This is a coming of age book of sorts, with not overdone sex.  I absolutely loved their compromise on how to work things out because they were adult enough to see what they were doing to each other.  You end up pulling for their long term.

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