Title: There has to be a Reason
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, friends to lovers, coming out story, heartache
Page Count: 226 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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?
Wow this was such a heart wrenching story about how hard it is to not only accept yourself as gay, bi, or queer but to actually come out. This is a true coming to terms and coming out story and even though there was parts that broke my heart, made me mad at one or both of the main characters, or even made me cry, I truly believe that Kate McMurray wrote this story beautifully.
I truly felt sorry for both of the main characters for different reasons and then some of the same reasons.
My heart broke for Dave because for the big majority of his life he pushed aside the feelings he felt about other guys and played it off as it was normal for all guys to check out other guys or it is just boys play or whatever. Basically it was more of a personal joke in a way the way he reacted to guys. He never found it in himself to look at it deeper and to see that he was actually feeling attraction to another guy or at least he didn’t until he met Noel. After meeting Noel just one time it pretty much turned Daves life upside down and made him start to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about himself and start to accept what was actually a reality about himself instead.
Dave seemed to accept this all about himself in some ways but it was not easy and it was ever worse on him emotionally when he finally decided to come out to those around him. He truly broke my heart more then once in this book and he definitely made me mad a few times throughout this book. But even still Dave really captured my heart.
Noel though is the one who won me over from the moment he was introduced in this book. He has this amazing strength about him and has definitely had a huge lead on Dave on accepting himself but in doing so and being outed to his family, he lost his family and their support. So basically he was completely on his own and that really broke my heart for him because I could tell that is the one thing he really wants (to be loved and accepted by family) other then Dave.
Yes Noel was also in the wrong on pushing Dave to come out before he was ready but at the same time I could understand Noel’s view on being shoved back in the closet or being a dirty secret.
Honestly I felt bad for both of these men cause they were both in a very emotional situation and in the end it all came down to what was more important….. being loved and loving or walking away.
Like I said a beautifully written story. Very realistic. Definitely a book I would recommend to others.