Drifting by Jayson James ~ Review by Leisa

The compelling continuation of Jayson James’ Finding Our Way Series…

imageTitle: Drifting

Author: Jayson James

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

What happens when the person you love is having doubts?

These two boyfriends have been through a lot. Best friends since childhood, fell in love in high school and thought they would be together forever. They stuck together even when their friends and family found out about their relationship. Struggling with challenge after challenge, they have finally made it to college and are living on their own. Living together is a whole new world and being open with their relationship is even more so.

Spending every day together as a couple they begin to learn about their differences. Things that never bothered them are now annoying traits driving a wedge between them. Can their relationship survive their differences? Can it handle new friends and new romances? Will they find their way together or will they drift apart?

My View

Jayson James’ Drifting is the third of his Finding Our Way Series that focuses on the evolution of two young gay men, Derrick and Justin, who meet and become friends in middle school, through their high school years when they fall in love. Drifting is a sweet and realistic glimpse into the lives of Derrick and Justin as they make the transition from high school sweethearts to college. They hate being apart, and soon Justin transfers so they can attend the same college and room together. Also featured are other young gay men who are within Derrick and Justin’s social circle. Justin is naturally more outgoing than Derrick, and this difference eventually causes friction and problems within their relationship, and they begin to grow apart. Drifting also includes their handling of this relationship change, as well as their ultimate decision whether to part ways, or to commit to staying together.

Drifting is a great “coming of age” story, that offers an honest and realistic view of the challenges facing these young men as they deal with the pressures of growing up, fitting in, and finding and maintaining loving relationships. While first person is not usually my personal favorite writing style, it works beautifully to allow each of the characters to speak directly to the reader, and to convey action, as well as their thoughts and feelings. James uses a conversational style that mimics the manner with which young adults actually speak, that lends authenticity to the story’s content.

This story (and series) is enjoyable, and the characters are real and likable. I also love Jayson James’ lovely original cover art. Fortunately a few small editing misses were not overly distracting from the otherwise very good story. I recommend Jayson James’ Drifting as a sincere and honest depiction of the growth and evolution of the relationship of two young men as they grow from boys to men.

Buy Links:

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I would like to thank Jayson James for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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