Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Briggs-King Books
Summary: Gavin Perez is fully aware that he’s kind of a cliché. He works a dead-end job, shares a trailer with his waitress mom, has an abusive, absentee sperm donor, and he’s poor. So color him shocked when middle-class, white-bread Jace Ramsey agrees to hang out with him. Granted, Gavin is trying to make it up to Junior McHottie for dumping a bowl of cranberry sauce on him at Thanksgiving dinner. And boy does Jace forgive him, over and over again…until he goes back to college and stops returning Gavin’s calls. Oh well. Life goes on.
After living through the semester from hell, Jace Ramsey doesn’t want to do anything more complicated than sleep through winter break. He has no idea how to come out to his family, never mind tell his parents he wants to quit college. He also has zero plans to socialize while he’s home, but Gavin’s ready forgiveness draws them back together—both in and out of bed. But Gavin is out, and Jace knows he won’t be able to stay in the closet much longer.
Gavin isn’t good enough for Jace—at all—but Gavin simply can’t stay away from the younger, haunted man. Something happened to Jace during those weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Jace trusts Gavin with his body. He might even trust Gavin with his heart. But can he trust that a devastating secret that’s eating him up inside won’t destroy everything—and everyone—he loves?
NOTE: This book was previously published under the same title. It has updated cover art and has been re-edited. 3700 words of new content has been added, including a brand-new epilogue.
Review: Book 3 in the Cost of Repairs series is not my favorite but I rounded my rating up, since much of it is me, not the book. There’s a NA feel to this book, since Jace’s character is only 19 and Gavin is 23, I think. My life experiences are too far removed to relate well to Jace. However, AM Arthur has skills and I still could empathize with the results of Jace’s decisions and his descent into depression. Gavin was a very well written character and his street-wise maturity gave him the tools to relate to Jace without judgment but with honesty. I judged though, and cannot understand how much Jace and his sister distrusted their parents. Information about Keith and his wife was minimal in the prior books but indicated they were pretty open-minded individuals. There was a disconnect for me between those two scenarios.
There is added content in this edition but having skipped the first edition of this book, I’m unsure of exact details. I do know that I really liked Gavin and his protective and nurturing personality. The scenes with his mom were great. There was much that I liked, including getting pov’s from each young man. The intimate scenes were lovely, including the epilogue, which also gave excellent closure to the storyline. More of a standalone than the first two, this book was marvelous at developing peripheral characters into a solid storyline. On to book 4. Can’t wait to see Rey and Samuel again!