Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
At first glance, Cade and Aiden hardly seem like a match made in heaven. Their worlds couldn’t be further apart. Cade is quiet, serious, and determined to succeed; Aiden’s a party-loving frat boy. Cade comes from a rough home and worked hard to get the scholarships that make it possible for him to attend college; Aiden’s had it all thrown in his lap by supportive, kind, and wealthy parents. Cade wants nothing to do with Aiden, but from the moment they meet, Aiden is determined to find a way to bring their different worlds together.
Aiden manages to persuade Cade he’s a decent guy, and a tentative friendship becomes much more. But a trip to Aiden’s family cottage puts Cade in the path of a ghost from his past, and a dark secret he never expected to face again. Cade did what he had to do to escape his dead-end life, but now he sees he didn’t leave it as far behind him as he thought.
Cade and Aiden are both college students but that is the only thing they have in common. Their personalities are like night and day and they have both lived and still live very different lives.
Cade’s parents are drunks who firmly believe Cade should stay at home working a minimum wage job to keep them in groceries and alcohol. When they refused to sign forms that would gain him financial aid to go to college he had to take a year out to earn some cash. His life is pretty dark and desolate and when he walks out of the house one day he has really hit rock bottom. Opportunity and desperation lead him down a dark road. He makes his financial requirements and makes it to college but still he isn’t really living the dream. He is nicknamed ‘the monk’ as he rarely leaves his room unless it is to study or work. After everything he had to do to make it he is determined to be the best student there is and his time management is completely obsessive. There is absolutely no time for any fun.
Aiden was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and never wanted for anything. He has an extremely close relationship with his parents; he drives a mustang and has an endless amount of money. He studies around parties and socialising with friends doing just enough to obtain the grades required. For all his wealth and apparent ease of life he is friendly and compassionate. He is a social butterfly who is genuinely interested in people and cares what people think of him.
Aiden is like a polite and well meaning stalker when Cade first catches his eye. The harder he tries to get Cade interested the more flat and deadpan Cade’s responses are. Every time is a definitive NO. There is no give and take, no compromise and no conversation as Cade has only one priority and it doesn’t involve Aiden. I think initially Aiden is intrigued by the mysterious boy who makes his sandwiches everyday but refuses to even look him in the eye but what starts out as a challenge becomes much more and you are left waiting for Cade to give an inch and realise how much Aiden actually cares.
When he does finally relent things move slowly. Aiden is conscious of not over stepping and having Cade close back down. Cade is equally attracted to Aiden but is scarred with memories from the previous year and when he stops too long to think about things he scares himself back into his solitude. A lesser man may have given up being dealt the cold attitude but Aiden grins and bears it and finally Cade relaxes and lets him in a little.
Cade’s past is just that – his past. Once things become ‘more’ with Aiden there is never a good time to bring it up but you can feel it festering in Cade’s memories. When a weekend with Aiden’s family at a remote cabin brings it crashing into the present Cade has no choice but to face his greatest fear and hope that golden boy Aiden will still want him.
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