Author: Indra Vaughn
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/28/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Gay Romance
Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
OMG the emotions! Right from the start they hit me full force and then it was one after the other. Ollie’s grief at the beginning of this story was tangible and so real that it brought me to tears. I honestly don’t know how I would have reacted if that were me and I thought even through the pain, he showed amazing strength. And Sam’s parents! I wanted to beat them. Yes, they lost a son, but what they did to Ollie was harsh!
Then the story shifted and my heart broke for Thomas. His love for Ollie was so obvious to everyone but Ollie and I wanted to cry for the way he silently loved Ollie through his grief. And then Ollie finally started to move on and BAM! Thomas found someone and my heart broke for Ollie all over again. It was like the author wanted to keep me yearning for that HEA I could taste, but she wanted me to work for it. She wanted all my tears before she would finally give me my reward! Damn, I loved this story.
A little past half way, things finally started to look up. Both Ollie and Thomas were at a place where they could give it a go and then BAM the author did it again! But the next phase of the story had some humor to temper the harder emotions. That baby added a great element of fun that really rounded out the blossoming romance between Thomas and Ollie. I laughed and laughed at some of the thoughts in Ollie’s head. The love between Sam and Ollie that was shown at the start was completely different from the love growing between Thomas and Ollie. It was a nice change of pace from the sadness of the first half of the book. Oh don’t get me wrong, there were still some harder emotions but this time when I cried, I cried tears of joy.
I have to say that I thought it was so great that Ollie never let Sam go. His grief and healing was real, with backslides and freak outs and finally with an understanding that Sam may have been gone but he was still and always would be loved. Ollie found a second love, not a replacement love and I applaud the author for not taking Sam away from Ollie for the sake of making things pretty.
I loved this story. The emotions stole the show but that was only because the characters were so great that I instantly connected with them and fell in love. This story worked so well because every element melded perfectly to create this overwhelmingly solid romance. It was not easy, the characters worked hard for their love and to be honest, the reader worked almost just as hard. But it was so worth it in the end. I highly recommend this one.
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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