Title: Loving Jay (Loving You #1)
Author: Renae Kaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.
An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he knew in life had been a convenient excuse to stay hidden. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.
Oh, how I LOVED this book! Renae Kaye has not let me down yet *happy sigh*.
At the start of the book, Liam is still in denial about being gay. I mean his dad would kill him, so of course he isn’t gay. It’s not like he is, not just noticing, but actually looking forward to seeing this gorgeous blond, and very out, man on the train every day. Not like he could tell you what this gorgeous man wears or how his laugh makes Liam ache. Nope. So, yeah, he’s not gay. Except, you know, he is.
And Jay — oh how I LOVED him. He was so over the top and delightful. Not at all afraid to be himself, not that he could be anyone but who he is anyhow, and he likes Liam. I’ve known a couple young men like Jay and, though they could be a bit exhausting, at the same time they were just so full of life I found myself envious of them.
I really loved Jay and Liam together. Liam, for someone that was uncomfortable about the prospect of coming out to his family, is insanely protective of Jay. Liam does not ever act ashamed to be with Jay and anytime anyone would utter a negative word in Jay’s direction, Liam stood up for Jay. It made my heart melt a little each time.
This story was pretty low on angst and pretty high on happy. Perfect.