Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he’s gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.
In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will’s problems seem like nothing compared to Noah’s. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn’t happy about.
When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah.
This book left me with bit of a dilemma when I came to write the review. I enjoyed the story and I adored Noah but right up until 80% I really didn’t like Will. I didn’t like that he seemed like such an entitled ass. He did redeem himself at the end but by then I felt like I wanted to shake some sense into him!
Will is the quarterback of his college football team and in the eyes of his adoring public he has everything. The problem with that statement is that he does actually have everything but his whole life is lies so his everything is very materialistic. His lies are stacked like dominoes, teetering and ready to fall down if he slips up once. He is living his father’s life more than his own.
His father’s dream is for Will to play football and graduate in business with the most beautiful woman on his arm. Wills dream is to have a boyfriend and graduate in the subject he is passionate about which is art. The solution is to pretend to have a girlfriend, attend an art course secretly, lie to all his friends and pay a male prostitute for a quick blow job every now and again. At this point I should have felt some compassion for the young man who was being bullied into his life choices and was scared to be who he really was but I constantly felt like he was taking the easy route so he didn’t lose his wealthy lifestyle rather than because he was afraid.
Noah was a beautiful soul who had survived a god awful childhood and was determined to make something of his life. When they meet on an art college course there is an immediate attraction that is hampered by all sorts of problems the biggest of them being they are going after the same scholarship. They both need it badly but for very different reasons. Add in the fact that Noah has huge trust issues, their art teacher is set to cause trouble and Will is hidden away in a luxurious closet and things are not set to be easy!
When there is a concerted effort at College to prove that Will is gay things turn awry. His ever bullying and blustering father tries to take control of events again but FINALLY it seems Will may have grown a back bone and things are about to change.
I must add that Ms Lain added some fabulous secondary characters to the story. Jamal was Will’s best friend and a much more rounded person, I look forward to reading his story. Jamal’s sister and one of Will’s pretend girlfriends was a hoot with such a big and fun personality.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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