Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Evan Wainwright’s good relationship karma is paying off. After helping his friends, Sean and Michael, discover their sexuality—and each other—Evan meets the love of his life. Their new housemate, Daniel Collier, is everything Evan could want in a boyfriend. Now if Evan can just work out why Daniel panics whenever Evan tries to get close.
Daniel has finally met his soul mate. Evan is perfect for him—at least, he would be, if Daniel could find the courage to overcome his demons and leave the past behind. But his mental scars prove difficult to heal, and Daniel struggles with his heart, even though it tells him Evan is the one.
Life in the student house goes on despite the usual interruptions: a wedding, a trial for a hate crime, a gay couple with exhibitionist tendencies. Through it all, Evan and Daniel remind themselves they are meant to be together. But until Daniel trusts Evan with the secret that’s tearing his family apart, “meant to be” is on hold.
I think Evan is my favourite character in this series. He is sexy and sweet with a great sense of humour and has a wicked side of naughty when he needs it. He was also exactly what Daniel needed to help him on his road to recovery.
This is the second book in the series and is similar yet different. Daniel is the new housemate and it is very quickly clear that he has suffered abuse in his childhood. It is also quite obvious from the start what sort of abuse this was but when he finally opens up it is a harrowing story. Evan is there all the way for him along with Michael and Sean and again this book compels you with its sense of friendship and the support these young boys give each other.
With counselling for the past year since he arrived at University Daniel has made a lot of progress. His panic attacks have lessened and he is desperately trying to move his life forward and achieve what he sees as ‘normal’. He is enthralled by Evan but also terrified.
His world comes crashing down when he receives a letter from home and he has to face the biggest dilemma of his life. With the support of Evan and the other boys he has to find the strength to face his demons head on but first he has to find the courage to tell Evan the full story and his biggest fear it that Evan will look at him differently or turn away from him.
With all this going on we are still treated to the shenanigans of Michael and Sean who are still very much in love and just married. Their sex sessions are becoming legendary in the house with their stamina and noise! They are also trying to calm and support Michael as the trial for his bashing looms.
Evan has to grow up a lot in a few short months to become the friend and lover that Daniel needs. He does this admirably and proves himself to be a strong compassionate young man. I loved watching Daniel slowly heal but there was certainly no quick fix given, it was harsh and painful and he had to work for a every little bit of progress.
There is a lot going on in this second book. It may be Evan and Daniel’s story but their lives are wrapped up with their friends and it feels more like a story about a large extended family. We are watching them grow up, face their challenges and fears and fall in love for the first time. The overriding feeling in the series so far is friendship and it leaves you with a warm feeling and very hopeful!
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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