Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.
But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.
Poor Jonas, so confused. Tate on the other hand confident in his skin and life, or his he.
Jonas is shipped off to his aunt’s home because his parents, dad really, is tired of dealing with him. He is running for senate and can’t deal with him right now. Jonas has grown up rich, spoiled, with everything handed to him. So his new life is not sitting well.
Tate, lost his parents at a young age, now raising his two kid sisters him and a fried started this shelter. Having no time for a relationship he is all about the love them and leave them. Until he meets Jonas. A straight guy that is spoiled, snappy, rude and so cute, lost that he can’t help but want.
Tate and Jonas come from so different back grounds, but the patients that Tate has from raising those girls he’s able to help Jonas figure out himself first, the relationship second and family third.
I enjoyed watching Jonas grow into a better person. From spoiled rich kid to an adult that is worth something.
The interactions between Tate and Jonas, finding each other in and out of the bedroom was spicy and sweet. Great combo.
The only thing was, as reading, you could predict the whole book including the ending, and while it was all well done, writing, actions, characters, it didn’t have that pow.
Jonas has been hiding behind a bad attitude and snarky comebacks for so long that he doesn’t know who he really is anymore. After being expelled from college for hazing, he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle that he really doesn’t know for a year. His father is running for Congress and doesn’t want to deal with Jonas.
Tate is a confident slightly older gay man, who has had a difficult life and now with the help of his best friend opened a non-profit LGBT homeless shelter for teens. As he was on the streets taking care of his family at a young age he knows what the kids are going through.
Jonas and Tate strike a spark with each other from the first time they meet. Jonas is so far in denial, he doesn’t understand why he is drawn to Tate. As Tate and Jonas are around each other more he learns what his feelings mean and that it’s ok to follow them. He is in a safe environment, his aunt will stand behind him. Things are going great, Jonas is growing up and maturing. He is finally starting to get his life together, when in walks his personal devil, his father, who tries to tear him apart.
Yet when he threatens Tate, he goes to far and Jonas is done taking all the verbal abuse, and stands up for himself.
It doesn’t end their of course, but then you wouldn’t need to read the book if it did.
I liked this book, there were parts that you could guess would happen, but it was well written, the characters were complete, and kept me engaged throughout the whole story.