A lovely collection of Chris Cox’s Bayou Boys stories about Sean and Rusty, a sweet, loving couple growing to be independent men…
Author: Chris Cox
Publisher: Cox Endeavors, LLC
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
A Sean and Rusty story collection
Best friends since grade school, lovers since high school, Sean Delahunt and Rusty Duchene thought nothing could ever tear them apart. Then Sean graduates college and his world changes, while Rusty’s stays the same. Offered a job in Boston, Sean knows asking Rusty to leave New Orleans is a big sacrifice for his soul mate, who has a successful career and supportive family. Abused and rejected by his own family, Sean struggles with self worth and thinks this career opportunity will give him a new life. Rusty wavers in his trust but takes and chance and agrees to follow him to Boston. Alone for several weeks in a strange city, Sean is determined to make friends on his own. When Rusty arrives, this new Sean makes him feel insecure. Crushing student loans, being unable to find a job and suspicions about the nature of Sean’s friends strain an already tenuous relationship. A trip home for the holidays reminds both men of all they’ve left behind and makes them reevaluate what they want in their future. On the verge of wedding vows, a career crisis threatens to bring their lives back full circle. Money, moves and men…will this longtime love last forever or will life in the big city destroy their young love?
Includes: Meant To Be, Moving On, Tricked Up for Treats, Jingle My Bells and For Better Or Worse
Chris Cox’s Bayou Boys collection of stories, When Sean Loves Rusty, provides an account of the very real challenges these two young men face as they grow from young adults to be independent men. Throughout their year in Boston, Sean grows from an insecure young man who is deeply hurt by his father’s abuse and his family’s rejection, to a man with a promising career and budding self-confidence. Cox’s careful detail of Sean’s evolution is both authentic and at times painful to read. His fears sometimes run away with him, and he works hard to maintain a facade of calm covering his chaotic thoughts. Sean is terrified to be himself since he has been rejected by his family for that very thing. Cox handles Sean’s fears with sensitivity and allows the reader to feel how damaging his family’s rejection is, as well as how hard he and Rusty work together to overcome their challenges. Rusty’s experiences less obvious character changes, but he steadfastly loves and supports Sean, and his celebration of Sean’s growing confidence is sincere.
I really like the characterization of Sean and Rusty. Cox captures the hopefulness and anxiety of youth as Sean and Rusty clasp hands and jump from the comfort and security of New Orleans and move to Boston. Their relationship is depicted realistically – they make difficult life decisions, they make hard sacrifices, they have misunderstandings, they laugh, they have real friends, and they hold tight to the knowledge that they truly love each other and both are willing to do most anything to stay together. To put it simply, they grow to be men, and they do it together.
This collection is five separate stories, but they flow along relatively smoothly to cover the year after Sean’s college graduation. However, details about Sean and Rusty repeats in each of the individual stories, (likely since the stories were originally published individually), but it is noticeable to the reader. Nevertheless, I truly enjoy Sean and Rusty’s sweet, loving stories. I look forward to reading further installments as they revel in Sean’s career success and triumphantly return to New Orleans as happily married men. I recommend When Sean Loves Rusty to anyone who enjoys an authentic romance between two lovely and committed young men. I think you’ll become a fan of these Bayou Boys as well!
I would like to thank Chris Cox for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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