Author: C.M. Lievens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/23/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, New Adult
High school seniors Ellis and Dale are as different as day and night, or so Ellis believes. Ellis loves to write, while Dale loves soccer. Ellis has only a handful of friends, and Dale is Mr. Popularity. But when they’re partnered up for an AP English project, Ellis learns different can be good. Really good.
Dale Stephens has it all: friends, a hot girlfriend, mad soccer skills—and a secret. He’s bisexual, but because he’s never been in love with a boy, it’s always been easier to keep that part of himself hidden. Until Ellis changes everything.
As their love grows, Dale realizes it’s Ellis he wants to be with—only he’s not ready for the world to know about them, especially after the way his mom reacts to the news.
But when they are outed by a bully who has made a career out of tormenting Ellis, Dale and Ellis must face down their fears and try to stay together. What will happen when the bully goes too far? Will Ellis come out of it unscathed?
I really wanted to like this story based on the blurb, but it just didn’t work for me.
Some books draw me in and I look forward to reading them. This wasn’t one of them. In fact, I had to force myself to pick up my iPad and read it. It took me until I was halfway through to realize why.
The POVs here just weren’t very deep. It was more like skimming the surface of the lives of these people. Yeah, I liked Dale and Ellis but I never felt like I really and truly knew them. The problem there is that I just didn’t really care all that much what happened them.
I did like the scenes of Dale and Ellis coming out to their respective feelings and the reactions of Ellis’s brothers in particular. I’m glad Dale identified himself as bisexual instead of suddenly all the way gay.
This one wasn’t my cup of tea but fans of Catherine Lievens, the aka of C.M. Lievens, might like this more.
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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