Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father's macho views. But emotionally, he doesn't fit anywhere, and he can't connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates.
Robby's not in the closet, because he's never guessed he's gay. Now he owns a small commercial construction company, and one night after work, he runs into Savannah Meyers. He finds her fascinating and agrees to a date, thinking maybe this woman would be different.
But Savannah has her own agenda. She is looking for a love match for her roommate, Tristan Chartrand, whom she rescued from the streets years ago. He's like a brother, and her only family, so she wants him safe and happy. Her plan seems to begin well, because when Robby meets Tristan, he's surprised to find it's Tristan he wants, not Savannah.
But some people in Robby's life don't approve of Tristan's lowly station in life, and some don't approve of Robby being gay. Some people are full of hate and violence, and Robby and Tristan will need courage and strength if a loving future is to be part of the deal.
©2013 Mia Kerick (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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Different, intriguing and raw.
The author taking on the challenge and writing a unknowingly closeted guy that has lived a straight life.
This was my first. I wish he could capture a little more inflection and change in tones.
Tristan Chartrand is shy, slightly introverted and nervous around strangers. He really only opens up to his best friend and roommate Savannah. When they were younger, Tristan and Savannah saved each other from some bad circumstances, and the two have been connected at the hip since. While they love each other and are very protective of each other, the connection isn’t a romantic one. Savannah is determined to find someone that can love Tristan with all his faults, protect him and understand their relationship.
Robby Dalton lives a shell of a life under his father’s thumb. Everything he has ever done has been to impress the one man whom he is never good enough for. When he meets Savannah in a bar, he’s intrigued and wants to spend more time getting to know her. Then he meets her roommate and is instantly enamoured with the beautiful young man. The three of them agree to an unconventional relationship, not your average threesome. And the three of them truly fall in love with each other, just in different ways. It’s hard to explain and not give too much away, so I’ll just say that I was intrigued by the dynamics of it all. The way they had the relationship of the three, but then the individual relationships and how it all played out in the end.
Kerick conveyed a believable struggle for Robby, the unknowingly closeted gay man, that never even realized his sexual preference. When you are surrounded with stupid, hateful and ignorant people like Robby had in his life though, it’s no wonder. It takes him a very long time to decide that his love for Tristan is worth risking everything for, because it’s REAL love. Not the fabricated, imitation love that his father and supposed best friend have been traipsing around in front of him his whole life. So, to spite the fact that he made some bad decisions, at the end of the day I wasn’t mad at him because he really didn’t know any better. Everything is fresh and new and he is learning as he goes along with Tristan.
There was uncertainty, passion, genuine love and nurturing in this story that drew me in and kept my attention throughout. This was my first audible with Hogan and while it wasn’t the best I’ve heard, it definitely wasn’t the worst. He was good when conveying emotions, especially during the more romantic and passionate scenes, but a couple times he supposedly went from Robby to Tristan and I had to rewind to be sure of who I was with at the moment. If you are a fan of Kerick’s books or those love stories where the characters have to work for their happy ending, you will enjoy this book.
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