For His Love is a lovely short story about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality after growing up with a very bigoted father.
Title: For His Love
Author: William A Cooper
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Rating: 3.75 Stars
From the Publisher
Kai and Jae’s relationship has never been easy. Kai’s overbearing and ultra-traditional father has kept a tight leash on him. And being gay certainly isn’t on his father’s road map. Halfway through their second year at college together, Kai seems to be slowly coming out of his shell. Jae is perfectly content to let Kai take things at his own pace. He loves Kai more than anything, and is willing to work through all the little bumps that come along.
But when Kai receives a frantic phone call from his little brother Li, he finds his life completely turned upside down. Li has been kicked out of the house for kissing another boy. Now Kai has to sort things out with his family, and he’s not sure if his relationship with Jae can take the strain.
For His Love is the story of a new life, a fresh romance, and old wounds. How do you negotiate being you, when you’re supposed to be someone else?
Kai and Jae are in their 2nd year of college and have been in a relationship since senior school. Kai come from a very conservative Asian family and his father keeps a tight rein on everything he does and being gay has not and will not ever be acceptable. With his fathers views always at the back of his mind Kai feels comfortable kissing and cuddling but cannot bring himself to do anything else.
Jae is from a loving Asian family and although not out he is sure that his parents will love and accept him. He loves Kai and although he is keen to take their relationship further he is also happy to wait until Kai is ready.
This book is well written and both the characters are easy to like. We follow them through their first ‘proper’ date where Kai is close to a nervous breakdown in case anyone sees them and Jae is patient and calms him. We see Kais confidence grow as he tells two of their close friends that he is gay and in a relationship. The intimacy in their relationship grows with Kais confidence and apart from the stress of their exams everything is looking up.
Then Kai receives a phone call from his younger brother and everything changes. Li still lives at home and his father has just caught him making out with another boy and thrown him out of the house. When Kai realises he is going to have to look after his brother as well as maintain his schooling he panics and ends his relationship with Jae.
Kai takes Li home to the next morning and whilst defending his younger brother tells his parents that he is also gay. Both boys are disowned by their family and Kai has hit rock bottom. When Jae finds him alone and upset it breaks his heart and he promises Kai that he will help him raise Li and that he loves him more than anything.
Jaes parents were brilliant and I loved them! Not only were they solid and supportive of Jae but also of his partner and young Li. I would love to able to read more about this couple and to find out how they got on in the world.
I would like to thank the author for the review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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