Why I read this book: Well this is actually a reread for me in preparation for Stay. Honestly I was going to hold off on the reread and Stay cause I had quite a lot going on but my friends who did read Stay kept raving about it so I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait. But I am going to review it like it was my first time reading it.
At ten years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided mid-air when they dove for the same football. For three years, they were inseparable…until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night.
Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, seventeen years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn’t find his old friend grew up to be sexy as sin. Coop can’t believe Noah—the only person he trusted with the guilt over his parents’ death—is back. And gay… Or that Cooper himself suddenly wants another man in his bed for the first time.
There’s no denying the attraction and emotion between them, but can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts to have a future together?
This is the ultimate gay-for-you story. This was my first book from this author and it will most definitely NOT be my last. The writing is eloquent and passionate at the same time. You can feel the emotions these two men share, even after seventeen years apart you can see how much they mean to each other. I hurt for Cooper as he tried to work through the feelings he was having for his gay best friend. You can also feel Noah’s determination not to screw up his friendship with Cooper, but you also feel his pain at not being able to be with Cooper. There were times when I wanted to yell at Cooper to get his act together. But I stopped and reminded myself that he has been straight his entire life so coming to terms of wanting not just another man but his best friend is going to take some time.
“I tried. I tried so damn hard not to want you but I couldn’t do it. I don’t understand it. My brain keeps telling me it’ll go away but then I look at you and I don’t want it to.” Cooper grabbed Noah’s face as well, a hand on each cheek. “It scares the fuck out of me, Noah but that fear doesn’t have anything on seeing that bastard with you tonight. It doesn’t have anything on my need to make you mine.”
Now the ending, well I did not see that coming which I loved because most times I can figure it out pretty quickly. Just wow is all I can say.
The way she incorporates the secondary characters is brilliant, cause she leaves you wanting their story like RIGHT NOW!!! And with some books the names and description of the characters just don’t match what I have in my mind. Not this one, it was spot on, proof of how in depth the author gets in her writing. I for one can not wait to read Stay. Well done Ms. Hart, well done.
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