Book: There Has To Be A Reason
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: January 9, 2017
Length: 226 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Dave is enjoying his junior year at a big New England university, even if none of his relationships have been especially satisfying. He plans to hang around with his best friend Joe and focus on his studies until he graduates, and then he’ll figure out the rest.
Meeting Noel changes his plans.
Noel is strikingly beautiful and unlike anyone Dave knows. Something about Noel draws Dave to him—an attraction Dave doesn’t feel ready to label. And even if he was, why would Noel be interested in Dave? And what about Joe? He hates Noel and everything he represents, and he might hate Dave if he finds out about Dave’s secret desires. So Dave will have to keep those feelings hidden—along with his relationship with Noel.
But Noel has fought too hard for his identity to be Dave’s dirty secret. Will Dave tell the truth and risk the life he’s always known… or live a lie and risk losing the love of his life?
New Adult or NA stories are one my favorite sub-genre's. There's just something about that age, late teens or early twenties, that is just so appealing, you know? You've got characters who may or may not be on their own for the first time, figuring out who they are, and spreading their wings to see who and what they want to be. I love it. Such is the case with Kate McMurray's new book, There Has to be a Reason. Dave and Noel are two great, likable characters who meet, fall in love, and in the process find out more about themselves along the way.
Dave is in his junior year of college and a chance meeting with Noel, in a bathroom of all places, sends Dave into a bit of an identity crisis. He has a girl he's been seeing for a while, but he's not exactly feeling all warm and fuzzy with her. But seeing Noel around campus a few times has certainly got him interested. He's never been attracted to guys before, but he's not really too surprised to see himself attracted to the cute, and very out, Noel. What begins first as a friendship, with some flirting thrown in, quickly turns to a complicated relationship as Dave tries to come to terms with his bisexuality. He's afraid to talk to his friends about his feelings for Noel for fear of their reaction, but Noel is out, and won't stay in the closet for anyone, not even Dave.
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