Title: All the Way to Shore (Stories from the Shore #1)
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, CEO, Bosses son, deceitfulness
Page Count: 204 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and forty pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT cruise. Marco doesn’t recognize him, the sparks fly, and Jonathan pretends to be someone else for the week—Jonah Rutledge—someone good enough to be loved.
Marco Pellegrini has always been driven. He rose from poverty to the pinnacle of business success, and he’ll do anything to protect his reputation—including hiding his bisexuality. Having saved Vallen Industries, he’s weary of the rat race and ready for a more meaningful life. When Marco meets his soul mate for that new life—Jonah Rutledge—on an LGBT cruise, he prepares to stop hiding and start living.
Back on land, the romance crashes when Marco discovers his perfect man is not only a lie but the son of his boss, Frederick Vallen. Jonathan resolves to win Marco back, but Frederick takes vengeful action. Jonathan and Marco must battle their own fears as well as Frederick’s challenge to get to the future that awaits them on the horizon.
Sometimes it is easier to pretend to be someone else. Being someone who is confident in who they have become. Someone who can forget about who your father is just a moment. To be someone who can live in the moment. That is all well and good, that is until it isn’t any longer and the truth of who you are comes out. The truth of who your family is and the truth does not come from you. What happens then????
Jonathan has never been confident in who he is. He has listened to his fathers negatively for so long that it has beat him down and made him feel less then he should. He has done everything to try and be the man that his father would be proud of even denying who he is for so long. The thing is I do not hunk that Jonathan can ever live up to what his father wants or who he wants him to be. I think that is why Jonathan put in the pounds and became a hermit.
After trying for four years to live up to what his father expected of him, Jonathan found his out when he brought in a new CEO for Vallen Industries. Jonathan tendered his resignation and move to Cape Cod to live his life, his way without anymore interference from his father. When Marco took over as Cro of Vallen Industries, he gave Jonathan his out.
Marco signed on for one year with Vallen Indistrues to try and bring the company out of the red. When his year is just about up Marco decides to take a vacation and get away for a week with his sister. Taking a week long cruise is the perfect opportunity to be who he is out in the open where no one knows who he is and does not judge him for being bisexual. Little does he know there is someone on the ship that knows who he is and what he does.
When Jonathan sees Marco on the cruise ship, he starts to panic. But an amazing thing happens, with all the weight loss and change in how he looks and acts, Marco does not recognize who he is. So Jonathan goes along with his cousins hair brained idea of calling himself Jonah. The only part of them getting to know each other and the things that they confide in each other over the week is Jonah’s name. Everything else is real that he says and feels but when Marco finds out about is name and who he is, he feels betrayed.
The question is can you get over the betrayal of being lied to? Can you get over feeling like you do not know who it is that you spent all that time with? Where do you go from here when you feel like everything was a lie?
This was a good read. Yes there was some intentional decietfulness on Jonathan’s part when he was not honest with Marco on who he was but I really felt like he did it because he did not trust himself as Jonathan. I think it was easier for him to be more hisself when he used the Jonah because their was not past laying between them when it came to who his father was. I also think it gave both men the opportunity to get to know each better then they would have because of who Jonathan is so it made their relationship more real in a way. I also loved being able to picture Jonathan going from this shell of a person to the person who was able to hold his head and to let the world see exactly who he is on the inside and outside. The relationship that Marco and Jonathan had was one made in the stars. They weee perfect for one another and wanted the same things out of life. I really enjoyed taking their journey with them.