- Dreamspinners Press
- Release Date
- November 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ
Rory was Ben's oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they'd harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love… and he's regretted it ever since.
Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he's excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton—the first love he's never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn't take Ben long to realize he'll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it's starting to look like even his best might not be enough.
Dec 08, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Ben and Rory have been best friends since they were kids. They did everything together. Until finally the barriers broke and the two young men discovered they felt more for each other than simply being friends. At seventeen, they were in love and in a relationship.
Until Ben broke Rory's heart and just let him go, drawing away day by day until Rory no longer had the strength to fight it. Ben needed to escape, to prove something to his father and try and suppress the feelings he had that made him feel threatened about his gayness and about being accepted by his peers.
Eight years later, at the school Ben works out, he comes face to face with the new Chemistry teacher. Rory. The only man Ben ever loved. His biggest regret.
The two men need to work together so they cannot afford to let their past affect their present. They agree to remain friends and for a short time, they manage. But then the old attraction creeps back in, the emotions and deep feelings each man has for the other sneak to the surface and finally they give in to their deepest desires.
This is not a story about quick, rekindled love. These two men go from silent acceptance of each other, to being friends, to lust-driven individuals satiating each other's needs, to lovers, to friends with benefits, back to friends and then finally to being apart so that Ben can find his peace, loving a man who no longer seems to want it the way he does. Ben accepts that--after all he was the one who threw it all away in the first place.
But when things come to a head, and both Ben and Rory accept that the love they have for each other isn't going away, then they find they both have some difficult choices to make.
As a short read, this is heart wrenching in places, sexy and sensuous in others, an emotional drama that rips your heart out and makes you feel a lot for the two men. It is also a great story of friendship and family, and all these combine to make this book a great recommended read, one that I could definitely read again and again.
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