Author: Nellie Christine
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: October 28, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 439 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Bentley Williams never thought he’d hit rock bottom at 19-years-old. From top-rated college running back to homeless, girlfriend-less, UCLA dropout, Bentley can’t help but wonder if he’s making the right decision. Pursuing a career as a BMX rider likely means a life of struggling to afford groceries, but he can’t imagine doing anything else. The sport’s in his blood. After a visit to his uncle’s shop involves him flirting with the green-eyed new guy instead of looking for a new bike, Bentley ends up questioning himself even more.
Kit Edwards was used to being treated like a leper in his small hometown of Junction, Ohio. After foolishly getting involved with the closeted high school quarterback, he decides to move as far away for school as possible. UCLA is perfect – the weather is beautiful, his roommate isn’t crazy, and people couldn’t care less about his orientation.
People care so little that Kit finds himself in a flirting match with the unfairly attractive guy that wanders into the bike shop where he works. But, Kit refuses to go down that road again. Popular athletes were a no, and straight guys were a definite no. Bentley doesn’t seem interested in going away, and as a friendship forms, Kit promises himself he won’t make the same mistake twice.
This is a really good read. There are so many things that you could say this book was about. Like finding your true self. Or pursuing a dream despite what others think. Also it could be described as a book about learning to love one’s self as well as others despite what others think of you.
Kit knows first hand what it is like to fall for a closeted athlete. He had his heart broken by one and now the last thing he wants is to get involved with another athlete. Especially one that has never been attracted to a man before. So when Kit meets Bentley and they spend time together, it is hard to ignore that even though Bentley is everything that Kit does not want, he is also everything that he does want at the exact same time.
Bentley takes the fact that he is attracted to a man at stride. The fact that he is as amazing as Kit is makes it that much easier for Bentley to accept. The problem is getting Kit to give them a try after the things he went through. Not only that but extreme sports may or may not be accepting of the fact that Bentley is with a guy. So the options really need to weighed and decided carefully.
Once these two men finally get on the same page and decide to give it a go, now it is a matter of being able to stay together. Can they do it or is it going to be just too hard?
This was a really good read. I enjoyed all the ups and downs and I really respected the fact that Bentley accepted his feelings for Kit so easily. It is a true statement as to his own self confidence and self worth that he was able to accept that he is at the least bisexual. This book is one that kept me enthralled through the whole read and definitely on my list of must read for others. I look forward to more books by Nellie in the future.
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