Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
After a hard life filled with experiences he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can’t shove aside.
Brett can’t help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he’s determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.
Cory shouldn’t have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn’t ready to need, he reacts… and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.
This was a re-read for me and I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed Brett and Cory the first time round.
This story takes place over a four year period and once you get to grips with the way Brett speaks you can’t help but fall for him. He is the son of the town whore and as is typical in small towns everybody knows his business.
What they don’t seem to realise, or maybe they chose to ignore, is just how much abuse he lived with as a child and how it’s still affecting him with nightmares and flashbacks. He’s a tough cookie on the outside but his reality is a lonely life with no friends or family, the desperation for someone to love rolls off him but is not something he would ever admit to.
Cory is this delicate looking angel faced teenager with a huge and fierce heart. He lives above a pub with a drunk for a father and not a lot of happiness to fill his days. He has optimism in everything he does and even though his father shows him no love he does everything possible in the hope that one day he will.
These two broken boys become friends when Brett finds Cory in a skip. Friendship is totally alien to Brett but he is drawn to the younger boy and wants to give him all the things he never had as a teen and if that makes him soft he isn’t going to spend too much time worrying about it.
This is a slow burn romance with heart ache from the past and present. Not an easy story and with no easy answers or quick fixes Brett and Cory have a lot of hurdles to get over. They must learn to trust, to be honest with each other and then finally to have a little hope, not easy when life has only ever dealt you pain and disappointment.
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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