Author: Eli Easton and Tristan Wright (Narrator)
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: May 28th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Young Adult
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It’s not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they’ve been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school’s champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.
Their friendship survives, but Jordan’s worst enemy may be himself: he can’t seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with a hopeless case—his straight friend, Owen. Owen won’t let anything take Jordan’s friendship away, but he never counted on Jordan running off to find a life of his own. Owen will have to face the nature of their relationship if he’s to win Jordan back.
If I had to describe the book with one word it would be “really”.
I am really glad this was recommended to me. It has only the teensiest bit of angst, really just enough to move the plot along. I really enjoyed the main characters, Owen and Jordan, and I really love the HFN/HEA ending. My only complaint is I wish it was longer so I could spend more time with the boys!
Just as fun a listen as it is a read – this sweet novella is less than 3 hours to listen to – and Tristan Wright makes that time fly by!
This isn’t a traditional Young Adult story where there isn’t any explicit scenes – It has a couple of really great steamy sex scenes! I would personally classify this more as a YA/NA crossover. I would not have complained at all if there were more smexy scenes, to be honest. Fans of Easton’s Blame It on the Mistletoe and Unwrapping Hank will LOVE this!
Note: The editing on the audio book means the POV changes are sometimes lost – even though the change is announced with the character’s name. There is also some duplication of sentences where it appears Wright was trying a sentence in a different tone and didn’t edit out the duplicate.
I really, truly and thoroughly enjoyed it!