Date published: June 2013
Genre: M/M contemporary
Book format: E-book
Obtained via: Publisher Gift
Reviewed by Keldon
As a teenager, Jay Sparks couldn’t care less about romance—with girls or boys. His life was defined by music. On Jay’s eighteenth birthday, Matt Langdon—Jay’s best friend since childhood—gives him an unforgettable present by taking Jay to see the band Great White live. Matt’s real gift is focusing Jay’s attention on his orientation and then the two of them making love for the first time.
Thereafter, Jay goes on to a music career while Matt becomes a fireman. Over the years, neither falls in love with anyone else, and they gravitate toward each other, coming together sporadically as life pulls them in different directions.
The book begins in May 1987 and progresses through decades, chronicling their relationship through May 2013 and essentially carries the theme of one true love overcoming all obstacles.
The characters are well drawn but not deep—at 16,000 words, the story isn’t long enough to allow for a lot of characterization. The pace is relatively fast; I read it in one sitting in a couple of hours. I would have preferred more angst, but that’s just me. More angst near the end would have grabbed my attention more (no spoilers here).
Overall it was an enjoyable short story. I’ve read other stories by this author, and would check out future offerings.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.