Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend's jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.
Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn't the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.
Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he's bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…
Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy.
He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.
Bella's Review: 4.5 StarsWhat's better than reading about falling for the best friend's older brother? The m/m version, of course!
Loved this book!
Toby and Levi. Sigh. I loved this story about these two beautiful, flawed, real characters.
Levi is Toby's best friend's older brother. He has harbored a secret crush on him forever. It is, in fact, how he realized he was gay. Growing up in a small town was not easy for Toby - the only gay and black guy in his community. Escaping to college allowed him to explore his sexuality and come to terms with who he is. But he has never allowed anyone to get close. His mother leaving when he was a child really did a number on him and he does not want to give anyone a chance to leave him again. If they don't get close, they can't leave him. So he keeps most people at arm's length.
Levi has always been the golden boy. Good looking, charming, smart and destined to follow in his father's footsteps and become a doctor. In his second year of medical school, however, he isn't so sure if this is what he really wants. Is it HIS dream to be a doctor, or his dads? And how can he really change the course of his life when his family has invested so much money in this one?
Levi and Toby connect while at home for winter break and they feel a pull towards each other.
What I loved about this book:
~ The writing. I just got sucked into the story so quickly. I felt connected to the characters and I was rooting for them!
~ The characters are realistic. They're flawed. They make mistakes. And I loved watching them grow into better people throughout the story line.
~ Chemistry. Whew!! Hot, hot, hot. I loved Levi and Toby as a couple.
I'm so glad I had a chance to read this book. The characters stuck with me long after I finished.
Bottom line: READ IT!!!
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When not playing with her kids or spending time with her husband, Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. She’s a proud romantic who has a soft spot for flawed characters who aren’t perfect and make mistakes. Her motto is be kind and she believes in following your heart.
Nyrae is living her very own happily-ever-after in California with her gorgeous husband and two incredible kids.
She’s written for Grand Central Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Harmony Ink, and is self-published. She’s represented by Jane Dystel.