- Release Date
- October 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, New Adult
Meeting the family shouldn't be this complicated.
As the designated slacker of the family, Peter Stevens was accustomed to being eclipsed by his "perfect" older brother, Mark. But when Mark came out to their parents, it was his turn to be the black sheep.
Even more surreal was Peter's brief encounter with his brother's boyfriend, Colin. The unmistakable sparks between them shook the foundations of his confirmed heterosexuality. Years later, when they meet again as graduate student and professor, that bone-deep attraction is still there.
Thanks to the emotional scars Mark left behind, Colin has had his fill of Stevens men. Having Peter at his university shouldn't be a problem though, as he knows the younger man is straight. But when Colin realizes the electricity sizzles both ways, he can't resist indulging in a passionate affair.
Yet some old flames stubbornly refuse to die. This time, Peter refuses to step aside—and when an emergency brings the family together again, Colin must decide if it's worth the risk to trust another Stevens brother with his heart.
Oct 24, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
88 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this almost coming of age story about a young man, Peter, who revisits a relationship from years ago. Nineteen-year-old Peter first meets Colin when Peter's older brother Mark introduces him to the family as his 'friend' (at least at first), then in the spirit of Christmas, Mark decides to come out to some rather disagreeable results with his parents. Mark ends up blaming Colin for the unsavoury turn of events and their relationship wanes to the point where they are no longer together.
Peter quite liked Colin but as a mate, not anything else. He has feelings for the older man but he suppresses them. They keep in touch, and two years later, Peter is doing grad school in Colin's neck of the woods and wangles himself an invite to stay with Colin while he's there.
Of course, that is just the beginning. Peter and Colin become lovers despite Colin's reluctance to get involved with yet another Stevens brother after the last debacle.
Out of all these characters, I liked Peter the best. He's funny, warm, accepting, non-judgmental and a hoot. Mark was a little whiny, resentful of Colin's relationship with Peter. Colin was just lovely, a little confused between the two brothers at first and wondering what on earth he did to deserve two of them teasing him and giving him trouble. However, Peter made him laugh, made him enjoy life.
The story was sweet, tender, emotional in places and full of the feel good factor. The relationship between the two men was well developed and fun to watch as it changed from being one of reticence (on Colin's part anyway) to a full blown, sexual and loving relationship. He can't resist Peter's charm and full on kissing assault. Of course there are always the usual family mishaps and angst to contend with and make their lives miserable, but together, they weather them.
This was a wonderful read and I'd recommend it as a shorter, cozy, sexy read for a rainy day. Or when the sun shines or the snow is falling. Oh heck. Just read it.
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