Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Michael
I’m about to do something huge, and it could change... everything.
I met Matt in second grade, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We went to the same schools, studied at the same college. When we both got jobs in the same town, we shared an apartment. And when my life took an unexpected turn, Matt was there for me. Every milestone in my life, he was there to share it. And what’s really amazing? After all these years, we’re still the best of friends.
Which brings me to this fragile, heart-stopping moment: I want to tell him I love him, really love him, but I’m scared to death of what he’ll say. If I’ve got this all wrong, I’ll lose him—forever.
“Life-and sexuality-is not something etched in stone, but written in the sand”
Every once in a while, I’ll stumble across a line in a book that I wish I could have on a sticker or embossed into a piece of wood. When I read that line, I knew that was one of them because it’s so true. We have a tendency to think our course is mapped out, our destiny preordained. But then Life throws us a curve ball, and everything gets thrown out of whack.
The same can be said for human sexuality. We like to think in binary terms, like computer code made up strictly of ones and zeros. But sexuality is much more complicated than that. And when emotions get involved, everything can go up in a puff of smoke.
So, considering all of that, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to understand how two self-professed straight guys can fall in love with each other and ultimately have no problem with it. Especially when the guys have known each other for well over two decades and in ways that no one else does.
This book isn’t your typical romance. It’s not angsty. It’s not overly dramatic. There’s no real “black moment.” It simply charts a relationship between two men, from the time they meet as children to the point when they realize their feelings for each other go well beyond the bonds of simple friendship and brotherhood. Even the realization that they’re in love with each other is relatively drama free (thanks in some part to two sets of parents who saw the truth in their relationship long before Matt and David do.)
Isn’t that what all of us wants: to lead a life as drama free as possible and to simply love who we love?
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