Author: Colette Davison
Publisher: Smudged Ink Press
Summary: Following the death of their parents, Fin put his life on hold to raise his little sister. He’s convinced her well-being is all that matters, even if it’s at the expense of his own. A chance meeting with Noah opens his eyes to the possibility of happiness. A happiness that could shatter the moment Noah discovers Fin has an eight-year-old in tow.
Noah has been living a lie for years. When he gets publicly outed, he gets kicked out of his parents’ home and business. Although he’s angry at being disowned, Noah knows it means he’s finally free to love whomever he wants. But in order to have a fulfilling and lasting relationship, Noah has to get past his repressed upbringing and inhibitions, before Fin walks out of his life.
In order to stay together, Fin and Noah have to be brave enough to be honest with themselves and each other.
Review: This is a new to me author, and I chose this story because a prior book appeared well received. This story however, was not good for me. The pacing was glacially slow, with little forward movement in the 200+ pages of this character driven plot. Noah’s situation did a disservice to the plight of so many LGBTQ youth thrown out of their homes. He lands at his wealthy friend’s house with plenty of leisure time to improve his education and date while being unemployed. There’s barely a hint of how fortunate he is in comparison. The best thing about him was his sister finally coming around but she made it all about her, while he’s the one apologizing.
Fin was just ridiculous, hiding the fact that his parents were deceased and he had custody of his sister. Why would you waste your time with someone if you thought they’d cut and run when they find out the truth? Just too much absurdity in the entire situation, including Noah’s issues with PDA and intimacy and rejecting any professional help or counseling for it. I pretty much skimmed the entire second half of the story and was rather grateful when it ended. The writing was clear and well edited, which gave it a second star but aside from that, there is not much I can recommend about this one.