Author: S.C. Wynne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, New Adult
Will Rory bring them together or stand between them?
Eighteen-year-old Lane Graham has always relied on his braver, more confident buddy, Rory. But Rory’s sudden suicide blindsides Lane and sends him into an emotional tailspin. How’s he supposed to start college in a few months feeling this damaged?
Baron MacDonald knew Rory from playing League of Legends together. He was always intrigued by Lane’s online presence, and Rory had promised to set them up. Now that Rory’s gone, Baron has to approach Lane on his own.
On the surface, Baron and Lane couldn’t seem more different. Baron is confident and serious, and Lane is guarded and uncertain. But it’s the pain beneath the flesh that binds these two souls together like barbed wire and cement.
Oh. My. God! This book was simply amazing. Heart breaking and sweet and romantic all at the same time. S.C. Wynne did utterly fabulous with this story. This one sucked me in so much I read it in one sitting at a coffee shop.
I never imagined such a great couple would be the result of a young man committing suicide. Lane is devastated when Rory, his best friend, takes his own life. He isn’t sure he can keep going but is buoyed by a couple of new friendships, once of which is with Baron McDonald. It turns out that Baron knew Rory from an online game called League of Legends. Rory had planned on introducing the two but ended up killing himself first.
Initially, Baron and Lane’s relationship is based around their shared friend but it soon becomes more than that. As they get to know each other they open up about their individual secrets; both of which are heartbreaking.
Despite the fact that they share a bond of depression and suicide, they still form a very romantic duo. The growth of their friendship to a romantic level was realistic for two young men nearing adulthood.
There were times when both Baron and Lane frustrated the hell out of me. However, I had to remind myself that these are young men and not full-grown adults.
The supporting characters were also fully drawn, especially Baron’s parents. Baron’s father could’ve been the clichéd homophobic asshole but instead Wynne gave him multiple layers. He still wasn’t likable but he wasn’t stereotypical at all.
I especially loved Baron’s mother who aided in giving Lane and Baron the happily ever after they so richly deserved.
This was an amazing story and I urge everyone to go get this book right away.
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