Sloan Parker – Missed Connections – I Swear to You

missedAuthor: Sloan Parker
Reviewer: Wendy
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781623006129

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When roommates Grady and Mateo give in to their growing lust, it’s the best sexual experience of their lives. But are they really gay? Is this just sex or something more? It takes time for confused Grady to figure that out, but once he does, he’s determined to have all of Mateo. Too bad tracking down brokenhearted Mateo proves impossible.

So what’s a horny gay virgin who wants only one man to do? Grady posts an ad online to encourage his friend out of hiding and into his bed. Once he gets Mateo between the sheets, he’s sure he can convince him that what they had together was no college experiment. But Mateo’s been hiding from something—or someone. Grady is determined to tear down all Mateo’s walls so he can find out what happened to him and help heal his wounds, and in the process show his best friend that he won’t run. Not this time. He swears.

This book started out with one of the most gripping prologues I’ve ever read. I was instantly intrigued by the characters, their friendship, and their situation. The tension continued to ramp up as Grady and Mateo considered crossing that invisible line separating friends from lovers until it reached a point where I found myself holding my breath and jumping into the front car of the roller coaster as it was about to plunge over that first big drop, excited as can be to experience what I knew was going to be one helluva ride. And that was just the prologue!

We’re all humans and bound to make mistakes, so I love that this story started with that premise (a boundary crossed followed by a bad reaction), added a dash of groveling, a heap of second chance opportunity, and topped it off with a liberal dose of “Oh, god, can we do that again?” Grady may have reacted badly to the thought of being gay and wanting his best friend, but when he finally gets his head on straight (*snicker* – okay, a little pun intended) he’s a man on a mission to track down his friend, prove the error of his ways, lose his gay virginity, and make up for lost time.

Grady’s methods may have been a bit over the top, but he was ultimately successful in tracking down his man and whisking him away back to the place where it all started for them. However, Grady finds out that things may not have been easy for his Teo over the past six years. He’s clearly in hiding and obviously been through things he’s reluctant to talk about. He has a bit of a dark past that isn’t quite willing to let him go and it’s this past that lends an air of mystery and angst to their reunion.

Other than feeling like the ending got wrapped up perhaps a little too easily, I loved everything about this story – especially the level of intensity and connection that crackled between Grady and Mateo. I’d sum up my reading experience with this book in one word – unputdownable!

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