Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 217 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad. Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it? Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families–and lovers.
This is one of those books that just blows your mind a few times over. I have to admit one of the main characters really upset me the more I got to know him. At first I thought that hey, he is such a great guy and why is he still single? Then he sets in motion a series of situations that almost loses everything that should be important to him. He is one of those individuals who does not think before he speaks or reacts and so he almost ruins several lives because of it. Regardless in the end he becomes a little more likable but still not the man I originally thought he would be.
James is finishing out his senior year in high school but has already turned eighteen when his truck decides to break down. He is not really worried about it breaking down so much since he has been saving up for things such as this but what he did not expect is to meet the tow truck driver and feel such an immediate liking toward him.
Dylan was just as surprised about having such an attraction to James as James was to having an attraction to Dylan. But as these two decide to get to know one another better, attractions and connections start to build between them. Dylan has things in his past that he finds himself opening up to James about. Things he has not really opened up to others about it. James finds that even though he has little to no experience when it comes to sexual things, he cannot keep his hands off of Dylan. As of yet, they have kept their relationship to themselves and not shared much with their families. They want to make sure that they are going somewhere together before bringing others into their relationship along with getting to know one another better first.
While Dylan and James are building something sweet, almost innocent between them their dads are both starting a new relationship as well. Much like Dylan and James, they are not sharing as well.
Mark is James’ father and a teacher at the high school James and his twin sister attend. Though Mark is not one to usually go out and pick someone up often, one night he ends up meeting and hooking up with a man named Steve. What starts out as a hook up ends up growing between these two men. Steve opens up about the things his son Dylan has gone through in the past. From the adoption and leading up to Steve adopting Dylan and even the things that have happened since the adoption. Steve never takes into consideration the man he is falling for might one day use that knowledge against him. But that is exactly what happens and in the worst way possible.
When Dylan and James decide it is time to introduce each other to their families they find out that their dads have been keeping secrets from them as well? How will everything play out in the end? Will someone, or more than one someone, walk away broken hearted? Can the aftermath of finding out secrets be overcome or will it all just be too much?
This was a good read but as I said I truly did not like one of the main characters. Regardless of that I loved the others and Dylan and James truly made this read a spectacular read. This is definitely a book I recommend to others.
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