Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Chris Patton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/27/2015
Length: 9 hours 32 minutes
Genre: M/M Romance
The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that’s just the beginning of their story. Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Suddenly Joe’s life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can’t conceive of a happy life without Joe. The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him. Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they’re both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn’t be is alone.
This is a pretty epic love story that spans 25 years.
It doesn’t start out as a romance. It begins with Casey a young teenage boy thrown out of his home by the people that should love him just for being who he really is. He has resorted to doing things he had never previously dreamed of just to survive and as we meet him he is almost at the end of his tether. Casey needs saving…
His saviour arrives on a motorbike in the form of Josiah Daniels, a gentle giant of a man with the biggest heart. The night he puts Casey on the back of his motorbike to take him home, clean him up, get him warm and feed him changes both of their lives.
Casey is a typical horny teenager after he has been living with Joe for a while and tries every trick in the book to seduce the older man. Joe stands firm, taking his role of caretaker to Casey very seriously. He makes sure he is fed, loved and has him finish his education. Some moments are mundane as these two men forge a lasting friendship and build their lives around one another but over the years Casey falls in love with Joe and it becomes a ‘thing’ in his head and his heart.
As well as the age difference and the fact that Joe sees Casey as a ‘kid’ Joe is also desperate for children and as a bisexual man this could easily happen. The problem is Joe doesn’t have relationships easily, he hates the thought of one night stands, and he loves hard and forever. When he suddenly realises he is in love with Casey he pushes him away instead of embracing it.
This story covers years of ups and downs. It touches on Aids when the disease was doing its worst. It tackles adoption when gay men weren’t deemed suitable parents. It deals with insecurities, longing and everlasting love. It is about family and the many different things that word can mean.
It is superb and just as good the second time around!
Chris Patton narrated the story perfectly and I could have listened to him for hours and hours quite happily.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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