Title: Can’t Live Without You
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance
Page Count: 193 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Justin Hawthorne worked hard to realize his silver-screen dreams, making his way from small-town Pennsylvania to Hollywood and success. But it hasn’t come without sacrifice. When Justin’s father kicked him out for being gay, George Miller’s family offered to take him in, but circumstances prevented it. Now Justin is back in town and has come face to face with George, the man he left without so much as a good-bye… and the man he’s never stopped loving.
Justin’s disappearance hit George hard, but he’s made a life for himself as a home nurse and finds fulfillment in helping others. When he sees Justin again, George realizes the hole in his heart never mended, and he isn’t the only one in need of healing. Justin needs time out of the public eye to find himself again, and George and his mother cannot turn him away. As they stay together in George’s home, old feelings are rekindled. Is a second chance possible when everything George cares about is in Pennsylvania and Justin must return to his career in California? First they’ll have to deal with the reason for Justin’s abrupt departure all those years ago.
Wow!!! This is an amazing read that left me both speechless, sad, angry, and happy. This is one of those books that brings out the emotions that the characters feel off of the pages and the reader feels it right along with the characters.
Justin is a movie star and he has most everything he has ever wanted. He has worked hard for what he has and he has done so and was able to keep himself real at the same time. He is not the type of person to step on others to get what he wants. He keeps his conscience clean by doing what he feels is right and not just going along with the crowd. Justin has not always had it so easy though. When he was nineteen he was kicked out of his home by his parents and was downed because he was gay. When this happened Justin walked away from the person that meant the most to him but it was not for the reasons the George may have thought. It was much worse but Justin does not talk about it and has never talked about it to anyone.
One night Justin gets a phone call letting him know that his father is dying and wants to see him. After debating with himself he decides to go back to his childhood home and try to make peace with his father. Little does he know the one person he left behind that he has always loved, will also be there and with open arms.
This is Justin and George’s second chance but with secrets between them and the fact they live three thousand miles apart, it may still not be their time together even though that is what they both want most. Both men have to figure out what they are willing to sacrifice in order to be to whether or they have to finally let each other go and move on with their lives once and for all.
This book was such a great read. I love how Andrew Grey did not make this just a love story where the two men meet up again and all is forgiven and they live happily ever after. Instead Andrew made the book more on the realistic side and more believable to readers. Andrew was able to write this book in a way that made the reader feel the emotions that the characters was going through and made it easy to connect with both Justin and George.
I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely put it on my recommended book list.