Sebastien Cather moves to Falcon Pointe with a dream to live life his way. Offered a room at 959 Brenton Street, he discovers how liberating it can feel to live among accepting people, especially in a household where they practice loving physical discipline. And he quickly gains a boyfriend in Avery, a fellow student. Unfortunately Avery isn’t his first choice. His roommate David is fascinating and good-looking, and Bastien would do anything to have him—but he doesn’t think the attraction is returned.
Tensions rise as his roommates’ wedding is threatened and his present and past lives clash. Outed by the national media, Bastien knows he will never be able to return home again. Just as he’s sure he can’t handle any more stress, David shows his interest. Bastien slowly makes his way forward, trying to find firm footing in the minefield that is his life. But when his landlord makes an announcement about the future of the house, it may change all of his dreams.
Apparently at only two books in, I’m developing a bad habit with this series. Because Durston has become one of my favorite authors, I’ll read the book shortly after I receive it, but not write up the review once I finish it. Instead, I set it to the side, return to my regularly scheduled review books, and reread the latest Men of Falcon Pointe installment when it comes up on my schedule. I did it with 959 Brenton Street and I’ve done it again with Finding His Home. Fortunately, I enjoyed both books immensely, so I quite enjoyed getting to reread them – my review schedule, however, is not appreciating the splurge. Oh, well.
Finding His Home takes place three years after book one and Cory and Trent’s wedding is scheduled for the winter break, so series fans have that event to look forward to while reading. But I’m already going off on a tangent because the focus of this installment is Sebastien, a young man who has moved to Falcon Pointe in hopes of following in Trent’s footsteps – at least when it comes to leaving his Mormon upbringing behind in order to embrace his homosexuality. Rather than recycling Trent’s storyline for Bastien, Durston gives him his own story by focusing on Bastien’s adjustment to being “out” in his new community, and coursework that is harder at the private college than what he did at the community college level. We get to see Bastien begin dating someone he goes to school with, even as he harbors feelings for David – all the time believing that there is no future with him because Bastien believes David is attracted to women. It was cute to see Bastien finally come to terms with his actual feelings for Avery, and their “break up” scene was quite amusing and not at all what I expected. It was both sweet and hot once Bastien and David get on the same page, especially when Bastien admits his attraction to all that is David and him being intersex. I really cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like to be born intersex, much less have my partners reject part of me because of how I was born. The strength of character that Thurston gives David is a reflection of how loving his parents were because they had to have served as the foundation for him being comfortable with who he was and showing him that he deserved to be loved for who he was.
One of the things I liked this installment is that rather than having Bastien fight the same legal battle that Trent did to have his name removed from the church’s rolls, she relied upon David’s experience and reputation with the church to move that part of the storyline along. So Bastien accepts David’s help with the appropriate paperwork for having his name removed from the Mormon’s Church’s rolls, but after the paperwork is completed and David sends it off, Bastien has nothing further to do with the church. After that, his religious issues are mainly only addressed when his mother calls or when his mother actually finds out he’s gay – and THAT was a seriously screwed up way to be outed. Because Bastien rented a room in Cory’s home, he accepted Cory as the head of the house and understood that as a discipline household, he, too, would be subject to discipline. Despite having read the book twice, I can’t recall if any of Bastien spankings were because of punishment, but I think that’s because they were all the result of him needing a spanking as a therapeutic tool to relieve stress, and it was quite effective for him. Even though Sebastien is the focus of Finding His Home and he’s a new addition to the household, I strongly recommend you read 959 Brenton Street first so that you will have a better understanding of the household, the resident dynamics, and the religious issues surrounding the Mormon Church and what Trent endured as he fought to cease being a member of the church because that will give you better insight into why Bastien is fearful about being outed. Not to mention, it’s just a great book and Finding His Home was an excellent follow-up to it. I really enjoyed this installment in the Men of Falcon Pointe series and look forward to the next book – even if it doesn’t appear to be taking place in Cory’s home.
Okay, first I have to say I did not read the first book. And where the characters from the last book play a big roll in this book. I wasn’t lost.
I do have to say right off that I’m feeling that this author wants to throw all unique sexual and diverse situation within this series. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get the whole gambit, asexual, transsexual and of course we already got the bisexual before it’s through.
Bastien and David make an interesting pair. One that I was surprised was so well matched. From the start, Bastien seemed too trusting, too right. And David well, he’s a lawyer.
But it worked… Not at first, at first we played the whole ‘I’m you’re friend’ which I think made this whole, getting to know and understand you so much better. Both having some major hurdles to over come.
And even though, I didn’t get Trent’s story (not have read bk one) I loved that I got the conclusion.
And the house protects it’s own.
I wonder who else from this Mesa/Finland/ America group is going to show up.