Dreams and Expectations (Before….and After #4)

Title: Dreams and Expectations (Before….and After #4)
Author: Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 6, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 95 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.8 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

At what point are differences irreparable?

Tom McAllister and Nick Corwin have always had a comfortable friendship, even though Nick is a Native American webcomic artist and Tom’s father is a rigid Christian. But they’re about to discover growing up means more challenges than choosing a college major. It might mean making decisions that change pivotal relationships—or sever them.

When a bully confronts Tom and Nick and a dark, unsettling aspect of Tom emerges, Nick is shaken enough to end their friendship. As both young men struggle to balance their own dreams with the expectations of their families—both in terms of career and faith—they recognize the emptiness that parting ways has left in their lives. But when reconciliation leads to confessions that might mean something more than friendship between them, will it make their path easier to navigate or more difficult?

This was such a sweet love story between two young men just starting to figure out their lives and what they want to do with it. I can somewhat see why it is called a before and after book but I will be honest in saying with it being a before and after book this was not what I expected it to be. Regardless I truly enjoyed this read. It is definitely a sweet romance.

Nick and Tom have best friends for as long as they can remember. They have been through so much together that they cannot picture ever not being friends with one another.

They only thing that could possibly come between them is Nick is gay and Tom is not. But so far it has not been an issue because Nick has never voiced that he is gay.

Nick and Tom are both eighteen years old and about to go to college. They are planning to go together to be same school but all their plans may be coming to an end when Nick sees a side of Tom that he has never before seen.

Now Nick is left wondering is this the person that Tom really is? Is Tom homophobic? Will he hate Nick when he finds out that he is gay? Can Nick get over this feeling he has about Tom? These are all questions that Nick has and the answers to them may just surprise you.

Like I said this was a great read. I really enjoyed it and I think others will also. Susan Laine did a really good on this book. I look forward to more books by Susan in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.