Title: Wes & Toren
Author: J.M. Colail
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 12th 2009
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary NA Romance
Page Count: 300 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.4 stars out of 5
It’s not so easy being young, gay, and in love for the first time at the average high school. Senior Toren Grey cares more about his family and his grades than what brand of clothes he wears. He agrees with the majority consensus that he’s a nerd. So he’s quite surprised when resident bad boy Wesley Carroll speaks to him in the hall, stirring feelings that Toren has to hide.
Disconcerted by Wes’s free and easy ways, Toren can’t deny the attraction between them. As he relaxes and gets to know Wes better, he finds there’s more to the sexy rebel than his public image. Before long the young men are exploring new territory and falling in love, but life just isn’t that simple. After they graduate, obstacles block their relationship at every turn: Wes working versus Toren in college, the virulent disapproval of parents, and everyday trials faced by any struggling young couple. Wes and Toren have to believe in each other… and never doubt that their love can conquer all.
A sweet, low angst read coming of age story about two young men falling in love in high school and their journey of exploration of their feelings and desires for each other after graduation. I loved Wesley and Toren, Toren’s family, and the supporting cast. Getting to see the boys grow into men and take their relationship to each level is a soft, comfortable treat.
It’s a gentle romance and, for me, is very much a comfort read. I’ve re-read it several times and have enjoyed it more every time. Whenever I read something too angsty or “too much” I find I can come back to Wes & Toren and it’s like slipping into a hot bubble bath. Told entirely from Toren’s POV, my only wishes for this would have been to get Wesley’s POV and see a continuation of their story to when they’re in, say their thirties.
Recommended for those who like a gentle romance with lot of hot sexy times, little angst, and fluffy times.