Sam reviews ‘Tied Together by Z.B. Heller. Self published on August 25th, 2015 and is 274 pages long.
Why I read this book: After reading the synopsis it sounded like a light funny read so I knew I would enjoy it.
Ryan Keller had it all when he came out in high school; accepting parents, friends and his own credit line for J. Crew. His cocky attitude and good looks got him what he wanted, including samples off the man meat buffet. Then he found his favorite dessert, Brandon. But Brandon wasn’t sending out a rainbow vibe so Ryan was sent to the land that crushes dread, the friend zone.
Brandon Ford was buried so deep down in the closet that clothes from the seventies had a better chance of coming out. His anxieties of acting on his desires could keep a therapist entertained for hours. Even though he did his best to build his emotions out of bricks, it was no use against Ryan’s charms.
Follow Ryan and Brandon’s relationship from high school, to college and beyond to find out if they will be Tied Together.
Warning: No Anaconda Turtles have been harmed in the making of this book.
Brandon and Ryan are both seniors but that is where the similarities end. They attend different high schools. Brandon has a difficult childhood with parents that don’t care about him and a father that beats him. He is shy, smart and keeps to himself. Ryan is outgoing, has a great home life, lots of friends and is openly gay.
While at a track meet at another school Ryan sees a boy being bullied. Ryan can’t leave it alone he has to help. After intervening the bullies leave. Leaving Ryan and this shy boy alone. After introductions are made Ryan invites him to go eat and hangout. This is what starts an amazing friendship between Ryan and Brandon.
Ryan is a big flirt no matter if the person is female or male. At times Ryan also turns his flirting to Brandon. Ryan is attracted to Brandon but knows he’s straight or assumes at least. But what he doesn’t know that Brandon is extremely attracted to Ryan but has deeply hidden these feelings. He can and won’t admit them to himself alone to anyone else.
This all changes the night of graduation day when Brandon lets his guard down and they end up kissing. Brandon then freaks out and runs off.
When they accidentally run into each other years later what will happen? Will they be able to put the past behind them and be friends again and possibly more or will the past ruin the future they could have?
Tied Together was a great story. It was funny, sweet and heartbreaking at times. The characters are well-developed and easy to connect with. The scenes are detailed making it easy to picture as you read. I look forward to reading other books written by this author in the future.
If you are looking for a good MM story that will make you laugh then I recommend reading Tied together by J.B. Heller.
9/10 Pots of Gold
As a little girl it was always a dream for Z.B. Heller to become She-Ra Princess of Power. Since this dream was unobtainable, she spent what was probably way to long in college trying to “find herself”. Becoming an artist scratched the creative itch until the stories in her head were getting to be to loud for her to get anything else accomplished. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, son and Flemish Giant rabbit Chloe. In her spare time she likes to read, stalk celebrities on Twitter and create the type of art that people scratch their heads about.
The Chronicles of Moxie is Z.B. Heller’s debut novel.
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