Book: One Plus One
Series: Maths #2
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication date: July 31st
Length: 115 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
James Cape has been in love with his mother’s best friend Laurie since James was sixteen and Laurie an inaccessible twenty-six. When he’s turned down flat by the older man just after his nineteenth birthday, James’s best friend Al encourages him to forget Laurie and find someone else. And James tries, he really does. But can he cope with his feelings for Laurie, his best friend’s home-life problems, and the deteriorating health of his father, all at the same time? And will Laurie ever notice the young man who’s right in front of him?
One Plus One is book two in the Maths series, but it actually reads as a prequel to book one. We're with James, Al and Laurie from James and Al's teenage years. I really enjoyed seeing this story from this perspective.
We meet James Cape and his best friend Al at age 16. James has just realized he is in love with his mother's best friend, Laurie. Laurie is 26 has has just brought his boyfriend over for a visit. James is horribly jealous and Al knows it. Al confronts James about his feelings for Laurie and the fact that James is gay. James and Al have been best friends since they were 10 years old. Al is a great support to James and is treated as a second son in the Cape family.
As some years pass, James's feelings for Laurie only grow. At 19, he confesses his love to Laurie and kisses him. Laurie turns him down flat and James is heartbroken.
As always, Al is there. Al has so many problems with his parents that the Cape family has truly become his only family. As the years go by, James has two constants in his life, Al and his love for Laurie. When the family suffers a loss, they all pull together for each other. James has Al and his mom, but always wonders if he'll ever have Laurie. Will Laurie ever see him as a man?
I had read and really loved book one of this series. I loved going back, I find that I love these characters even more now. I found this to be a 5 star read, it also has me going back for a reread of book one. I'm so glad P.A. Friday took readers back to the beginning.
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