A guest review by Lily
Shy and self-conscious Derek has spent two years of his life losing a hefty amount of weight and is about to enter graduate school to become a certified architect. Now he’s determined to find love, so he places an Internet ad in search of a boyfriend. Gerry, a confident, self-made man with his own landscaping business, falls head over heels for Derek as soon as they meet.
While Derek’s waiting for Gerry to find something wrong with him and call the whole thing off, Gerry is hiding something from Derek, afraid of what the consequences may be when and if it’s discovered. Only when they find the courage to confide in one another can they commit to love.
Twenty-two year old Derek Weston is ready to start a new phase in his life. He’s about to graduate from college and start an internship at a prestigious architectural firm and after more than two years of working hard he’s lost his excess weight. Excited and nervous, he’s on his way to meet Gerry Connelly, the man he’s been exchanging emails with after Gerry responded to his personal ad. They get along really well at dinner and the night ends with a sweet kiss and the promise of getting in touch after Derek’s graduation.
A few days later they get together when Derek offers to help Gerry in his landscaping business. Soon they’re spending more and more time together although their romance develops slowly as Gerry doesn’t want to rush things. When they do finally have sex it’s hot and sweet and really fits who these guys are.
I really enjoyed reading this mostly sweet romance. Derek and Gerry are both well drawn and likable guys although each has an issue that they need to work through. Derek is insecure about himself due to his years of being the ‘fat kid’ and finds it hard to believe that Gerry won’t grow tired of him and end things. Gerry, eight years older and the owner of his own small business, is almost leading a double life as he keeps his very religious and disapproving mother out of his everyday life and gives her the impression that he’s no longer a ‘practicing homosexual’ and at the same time he’s wanting to settle into a relationship with Derek. Things come to a head when Derek can’t accept Gerry’s choices and their relationship, so new and wonderful, is threatened.
However, a health scare shows Gerry who and what is really important in life and soon the men are once again happy. Now Gerry has to take control of his life and slowly help his mother learn to deal with and accept his sexuality and his commitment to Derek. Out of the cast of characters in this book Mrs. Connelly is the least likable yet at the same time it’s not so hard to understand her views since she has been a devout Irish Catholic all her life and is heavily influenced by the church’s stance on homosexuality. The other secondary characters, including Derek’s parents, are all portrayed as nice people and supportive of both Derek and Gerry. I especially liked Derek’s younger brother Brenden and his girlfriend Shana.
As I stated previously I did enjoy this book. The writing is solid and the characters are for the most part likable and believable. The story is written using alternating POV’s between Derek and Gerry and so we get a good feel for them both which makes it easy to care for them and their developing relationship. The plot is simple but not boring and the story flows well throughout which makes this an easy read with a very nice ending. Recommended for those that enjoy reading sweet romantic stories about nice men falling in love.