As a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he’s gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic’s GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he’s found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he'll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.
Fifteen years later Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado, after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He’s alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar's ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.
Since he was seventeen, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn't mean he’s ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won’t risk losing custody of his teenage daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.
It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.
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Tams gives this one 2 Stars (Narration is a solid 5 though)...
As teenagers, Dominic Jacobsen and Lamar Franklin share one night of passion that irrevocably changes them both forever. Lamar goes back home and begins a string of failed relationships, a pattern of falling for and clinging to the wrong man over and over. But he lives his life in the open. Dominic doesn't forget about the guy that helped him realize who he was, but he hides his true self behind a failed marriage and a teenage daughter that is his heart and soul. When Lamar's latest bad relationship fizzles, he moves to Coda and takes a job as a teacher, tries to start over. Running into Dominic makes Lamar believe they could have a second chance at happiness, but Dom is not ready to be honest with himself, much less anyone else, about his sexuality. So where does that leave Lamar?
Okay, I really wanted to like this book. It started out with a bang and the ending was cute, but that pesky bit in the middle had me wanting to scream! I never could get into the story or relate to either of the characters. Dom spent the majority of the book pulling Lamar close, then pushing him away. Promising he'd always be there for him, then pushing him away. Telling him he cared for him, then pushing him away. It got to a point where neither character was likeable anymore. Seriously, everytime I thought, okay this time is going to be different, this time Dom is going to stay. Nope. So then I was aggravated with Lamar for continually allowing that behavior and always being a door mat for Dom to walk over. No communication and more angst than the sparkly vampire books drove me mad.
The only saving grace for this book was Paul Morey. The man's voice just rolls down your spine like honey, it's so sexy and enthralling he could literally read the phone book and I'd listen. So, narration, fantastic, story, not so much.
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.
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