Author: NR Walker
Release Date: December 26, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Friends to Lovers
Page Length: 3414 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.
Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.
A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.
Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.
Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.
Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of this author, and the fact that I just met her for the first time at GRL, and that she was amazing to talk to and so goddamn sweet and funny…….had really nothing to do with my rating. Because this book will speak for itself.
Walker was a little more hush hush about this release of hers than some of her previous books. I remember seeing the blurb only very recently and reading Walker’s words about it being a bit angstier than her norm. That was really all the prep I had. And I love me some angst, so hell yeah, I’m in!
Israel Ingham is 26, an only child, and has pretty much been told and shown how much of a disappointment he is to his parents for his entire life. He has no other family to speak of, so it’s his group of friends, and Sam in particular, who bring the only light and sanity to Israel’s life. Sam. Sigh. What a perfect boyfriend. We’ll get to him in a moment.
Israel and his parents are summoned to his birth hospital, and a bomb is dropped. They think Israel and another baby boy were accidentally switched in the nursery 26 years ago. Israel is met with a plethora of emotions, but one stands out. Is this why he’s never felt a sense of belonging in his family? Because he never really belonged with them to begin with?
His entire world turns upside down, and a woman who’s his birth mother and her children want to meet him. He can’t handle another rejection after what he’s felt from his parents his entire life.
Enter Sam. Sigh again. Sam has been Israel’s best friend since the ripe age of 13, and he isn’t about to let Israel walk a step of this journey alone. He drops everything to be with him through the shit storm that has taken over Israel’s life. Even with only Israel’s POV, Walker wrote Sam’s character so freakin’ well. Sam is clearly pining for our Israel and wants to jump his bones something fierce, but poor Israel is completely clueless……..until he’s not.
The author takes us through Israel’s three journeys: Israel and Sam, Israel and his biological family, and Israel with his parents.
This book has it all! The perfect amount of angst, best friends to lovers, amazing banter between not only our MCs, but their circle of friends as well, that left me laughing out loud, and shit-hot sexy times! That’s right, my friends, Walker brings the dirty in this one, and I was fanning myself. I’ll never listen to Give Me One Reason to Stay Here again without thinking of this book and a certain sexy grinding dance that had me panting.
I will also never be able to read the One Fish, Two Fish Dr. Seuss book again without thinking “I do not give one fuck, two fucks, red fucks, blue fucks.”
5 glorious stars and a high recommend!
**PS – Take a moment to appreciate that cover because holy hell, that is beautiful!