Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.
But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.
It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.
This is book one, but I actually read it second. And now that I have I’m glad I did. To me they made much more since that way.
Josh is 26 and living with his brother, who has raised him. Same brother is giving him a guilt trip and hard time for wanting a life outside the home. Brother is kind of a jerk.
Charlie is a sweet, school teacher that wants to help Josh break away and start a relationship that he knows will be made to last.
Josh and Charlie are cute together, Watching Josh grow and develop, stand up and even help his brother was entertaining at times as well as frustrating and even heart breaking. But finding out Charlies tale and the fact that he’s over come and willing to stand up and not let these people hurt him anymore is amazing. And the end when Josh sticks up for Charlie, you just want to cheer!
The best friend add’s a nice colorful twist to the tale.
Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.
But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.
When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.
This is my first book by this author,yes, this is the second one in the series but some how I read this one first. I didn’t feel lost so I’m guessing it doesn’t matter.
Because this book is told in two phases instead of flashbacks won big brownie points.
The book itself happens in two phases, first 100 pages or so, is the kids being just out of school around nineteen, discovering sexuality, each other feelings and planning a big trip. Tanner and Andrew have been friends for forever but I guess the way they were brought up, neither one was allowed to express feelings or maybe they were late bloomers? Although they both realize they like each other they certainly haven’t talked about it. When things fall apart and finally Andrew pushes Tanner away, Andrew turns in on himself and decides that’s that
The second phase is Tanner coming back to town, ten years later after Andrew tells him he just can’t.
Ten years on, and Tanner never lost his love for Andrew. Andrew is still shy about everyone knowing even though everyone is ten years older. But watching these two develop a more adult friendship and then a courtship and finally a sexual relationship was charming. The way Tanner gives Andrew time,space to wrap his head and heart around everything.
The fact that Andrew finds that people are actually understanding and supportive including his brother adds a real feel good touch to the book. The HEA was also well done.