Author: Kate Pavelle
Publisher: Mugen Press
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/10/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Buffeted by the winds of fate, Jesse Hightower drifted far from his Crow reservation. Family issues, foster homes, and living hard on the street. Now his computer-jockey job got him out of shape, and a tough split with Renata threw him into depression. Even worse — to keep his job, he has to train for a mandatory, company-wide triathlon.
An heir to an ice cream empire, Sebastian Gillen was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and family expectations of an executive career. A brilliant swimmer, Sebastian had given up his shot at the Olympics for the sake of business. Meeting Jesse at the pool is an exciting breath of fresh air. Inspired by Jesse’s inner strength, Sebastian resolves to make this boyfriend thing work, even if he has to stand up to his family – including his sister, Renata.
I really, really liked this story…right until the end. And then I was left feeling like I missed something.
Treading Water was one of those books that made me want to slap myself for not reading it sooner. I purchased it right after it was published and just finally got around to reading it. Bad Katie!
Treading Water was a fantastic slow burn between two men who should never have met, let alone fallen in love. Sebastian is upper, upper class. He is from a world full of unreasonable expectations. Jesse is low, low class. The lowest possible as he was a former street kid who now lives with horrible issues stemming from his past. But together, these men gave each other what they needed to survive in worlds neither really fits in.
I loved Jesse. I hurt for Jesse every time a flashback to his past occurred. He was such a rich and multifaceted character. I wanted more from him. I wanted to see him grow. I wanted to see him succeed.
I liked Sebastian. I wanted to know more about him and how he ended up where he was. I wanted to see him blossom and become the nam he was capable of becoming. I wanted to see him succeed.
I liked Sebastian and Jesse together. I loved the kindness and understanding. I loved the way each man pushed the other to be better. I loved the way they connected on every level. I loved the way their romance was very slow and very much “friends first.” Their relationship resonated with me and just hit me right.
However, this story ended in a very “to be continued” manner that left me annoyed and sad. Sad because I did not get to see either man succeed. Sad because I did not get to see either man blossom fully. Sad because the ending felt abrupt and almost undid all the good this story had going for it. Treading Water is book one of a series that will most definitely consist of Sebastian and Jesse’s relationship moving forward in slow steady steps.
I think I may just wait until the entire series is published before I continue reading because I am not a fan of unfinished installments. I will wait for the entire story before I revisit. But revisit I will because I need to know how Jesse and Sebastian’s story turns out!
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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