For You

C. R. Guillano
For You
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Publisher
Dreamspinner
Release Date
March 2014
ISBN
9781627985642
Genre
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Graham and Jeremy's first meeting sparks an explosive and passionate relationship that proves opposites attract. However, as time wears on, their differences cause a lot of strain between them.

Jeremy, a first grade teacher and softball coach, is deeply closeted and sees no way out of the darkness. Graham is out and proud and doesn't understand Jeremy's fear at revealing his sexuality. After four years of trying to balance the differences, Graham leaves.

Jeremy is heartbroken, knowing that the love they feel is the real thing. He knows he's the one who needs to change, but old habits are hard to break. He'll need support from friends and family to make things right with Graham, but most of all he'll need to find strength within himself to be honest about who he really is.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Apr 13, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
True love means cooperation and compromise, not just saying "I love you" over and over.

When Graham Hamlin and Jeremy Jarrelle meet at Graham's nephew's Little League game, they immediately feel a bond. But Graham also realizes that Jeremy hasn't come out yet and after having one disastrous relationship with a closeted man, he doesn't particularly want to pursue another one.

However, when Jeremy asks Graham to go out for coffee after the next baseball game, Graham decides to give him the benefit of the doubt. So begins their three-year relationship.

The story jumps from vignette to vignette in the past until finally ending in the present and future. Along the way, readers will become annoyed at how two seemingly adult men can ignore the obvious in order to wallow in their self-pity, self-righteousness and self-doubt for a year before one of them capitulates and does what the other demands.

Graham gets so sick of being Jeremy's little secret that he eventually moves out of the house they rent together. Instead of treating Graham as a good buddy when they're together in public, Jeremy shuns him, pretending he doesn't even know Graham because Jeremy thinks he will break down and inadvertently show affection for his lover. Instead of working together for a solution so they can be happy and stay together, they are too busy airing their own sides of the argument.

Readers will immediately recognize that this is a situation that calls for cooperation and compromise, and maybe just a little counseling, too. Each man has formed his own solution to the problem and is adamantly sticking to that solution. However, if Graham and Jeremy truly love each other, they should be able sit down and decide how both of them can help break through Jeremy's fears and help each other find a solution that would strengthen their union.

This novel is billed as one steeped in angst. Unfortunately, the constant repetition of how much they love each other without any actual sign of it, other than lip service and wishful thinking, only makes for superficial angst and not love.

In the end, Graham and Jeremy are beating themselves up unnecessarily. True love should be based on two people being much more committed to and considerate of one another than the so-called love these men profess to share.
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