Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/11/2011
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
As Spring gives way to the heat of Summer, Sidney Wilks and Grady Nash settle into their new lives in a Chicago suburb.
Trying to fit in to his new surroundings, Nash becomes friends with his co-workers at the garage. The only hitch is he has to go back into the closet he’d finally escaped. With Sidney working long hours, Nash doesn’t feel the need to expose his relationship to guys who wouldn’t understand. The dual-life leads to misunderstandings and hurt feelings, forcing Nash to make a life changing decisions.
With Nash battling to find a purpose away from the ranch he loved, Sidney’s busy enduring long hours in an office he hates. With his prize-winning building completed, Sidney’s creativity is put to use designing buildings that don’t inspire him. When an opportunity to design the building of his dreams presents itself, Sidney’s loyalties are put to the ultimate test. Will he reach for his dream and uproot Nash from a life he’s finally settling into, or will he sacrifice his personal goals for the good of the man he loves?
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series as all four stories follow the lives of Sidney and Grady.
Summer, again, was so emotional. Nash gave up his life to follow Sidney and was struggling to adapt and find his new path. Sidney had a different kind of struggle in that he needed to figure out how to balance his love life and his own life. Their journey was not easy and continued to be hard. Both men were committed but a HEA doesn’t stop with the declaration of love. It takes work and this series was a great showcase of those struggles and the emotions they evoked. This journey displayed how love was needed to overcome the problems and disagreements, but that with true love, it was possible.
This story was set in the 90s so it was interesting to see how these men had to adapt into a new location as well as adapt into lifestyles that were not openly welcoming. The insight into the rationalizations and the alterations these men had to make was as fascinating as it was heartbreaking. It was a stark reminder of why we need to keep moving forward in our quest for equality.
I loved that while Nash and Sidney were the stars of the show, this book had amazing supporting characters and a secondary developmental thread. While Sidney and Nash figured out love and life together, they also had friendships to develop and fight for. For me, it made this book even stronger than the first because it added another layer to these men that was not there before. It made them even more human and real. And I admit, It was good to meet Butch, so heartwarming to see Luke healing and loving again, and heart wrenching to hear Josh’s confession and watch his self destruction.
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites of Ms. Lynne’s. It is slow and steady but so rich and emotional. I am loving my reading experience and can’t wait to read Fall!
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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