Author: Thomas Grant Busco
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: MM Contemporary
Summary: T.J. Alton is shy and reticent, living alone with a rescue cat after his parents’ death a year earlier. He rarely strays from his usual daily routine of work and home and back again.
Then he meets Devon Ryder, an outgoing, colorful, and ruggedly handsome man, with his own long list of emotional baggage. After a month of chatting online, the two men decide to meet in real life, and their first date is at a local Great Escape theme park in upstate New York.
As they discover more about each other through conversation and food, a connection is made. But will T.J.’s fears of large crowds and intimacy drive him back to isolation, away from the social circle of life, and the idea of starting a new relationship with someone special?
Review: TJ and Devon have been talking online for a month and they decide to meet in person. They head to the Great Escape theme park to spend the day together. TJ has been reclusive since the death of his parents and this is a big step for him. They get to know each other at the park, meeting an ex of Devon’s while there as well.
TJ definitely has some issues, some relating to his father and they work on this. Since the whole book takes place over the course of a day and night, everything is pretty compressed into a small time frame.
I have to put it out there, for about half of the book it was 3 Hearts, maybe 3.5. The addition of the drama of Pete, however, pulled it down for me. I understand having being friends with your ex, but why in the world would you bring him on a dinner date? Why hold hands with him at the table, where your date is sitting? “Devon and Pete held hands, affectionately, as if they were on a date.” Pete acts like a complete jerk in the restaurant, he’s rubbing Devon’s leg (and TJ’s by mistake) and so on and so on. Devon even has to put in the qualifier, “It’s not what it looks like.” That was a problem for me, because I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be rooting for Devon and Pete, or Devon and TJ. It just seemed disrespectful and weird timing.
If you like complicated beginnings this might be the book for you. It sort of changes tune about three-quarters of the way through, or at least it seemed so to me. I should mention, my problem with the book were character based. I liked the writing and so was disappointed how it turned out.