So... I'm an author and I went through the bad reviews to see what the four (4!) bad reviews were about. Other than the weird 1-star review that doesn't seem pertinent, I have to say I agree with what the other 3 reviewers said:
>> MCs have severe personality flaws.
>> They have bad communication skills.
>> They doubt themselves. A LOT!
>> There is a significant amount of angst in this book.
>> This is a slow burn.
And, guess what? I hate all those things about the characters. Why? Because I've been there and done what they did (not as good steam, I'll admit, but the rest I've definitely done).
But, here's the thing...
Tyler is 21 and he's been sheltered all his life (how much so becomes slowly revealed as the story unfolds).
Gray is 30 and he has serious abandonment issues. SERIOUS. And he compensated for that, to an extent, through the profession that, more or less, chose him.
So, of course, at 52, I SHOULD be frustrated by these guys. If I was a therapist, I'd say this is a fascinating case history. But I'm not.
As a reader, this story drew me in, tantalizing bit by tantalizing bit. It's long and it burns slowly.
By the time I got to the end, however, I was cheering for Tyler and Gray. They didn't make dramatic shifts, but they took advantage of what life through them (including each other) and ran with is as best they could. I'd LOVE to meet these guys 20 years in the future. I have no doubt they would still be an amazing couple and more deeply in love with each other than ever...
Bottom line: GET THIS BOOK!