Author: CR Guiliano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (70 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 12th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4
Blurb: 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.
The Dedication was so sweet, we had to include it:
Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to meet TJ Klune and
Eric Arvin at the last GayRomLit I attended, so wasn’t able to become friends with them. They don’t know me. I am but a drop in the vast ocean of love and support that surrounds these two men. But they don’t need to know me, for I know them. They are family in a genre I call home. The struggles they are facing right now are monumental.
My hope is that whatever God may be watching over them, he sees fit not to take Eric away from TJ when their lives together are just beginning. I believe Eric is a fighter, and he has someone very special to fight for. I wish I could hug TJ, hold him, and give him my strength as he struggles to be the rock Eric needs right now. I would not be the only one. There are many caring hands and loving hearts for these two amazing men.
I am but a drop. I don’t have skills to offer—I’m just a writer. I know what helplessness feels like. I’ve been there, where TJ is now. The worry, the fear, the unknown. But we are all here for them, with our knowledge, our love, our spirit, and our help. For You is a story about two men with a love so deep and real that they fight the worry, the fear, the unknown, the anger and the obstacles to be together.
Just as TJ and Eric fight. This dedication is for them… TJ, Eric… this dedication is For You.
Review: Short, Sexy and Steamy. My three favourite colors! Add to that the heart warming dedication to TJ Klune and Eric Arvin and how can you lose with this short story?!
Jeremy is a teacher and the softball coach for Graham’s nephews little league team. Graham is taken with Jeremy from the second he lays eyes on him, and judging by the smile that lights up his green eyes and makes those dimples appear, Jeremy is just as taken with Graham. But Jeremy is in the closet, deep in the closet. And Graham recently ended a relationship because his lover refused to acknowledge him publicly. Can he go through that again? Is the electric and immediate connection he and JJ share enough to stay hidden?
JJ is fearful of what will happen if he comes out. , The response from his ultra conservative family and the people at the school where he teaches. So he continues to convince Graham they have to keep their relationship a secret. But secrecy has a price. Soon they go from a loving, caring, happy couple to fighting and arguing almost daily because JJ refuses to show any type of feeling when they are in public. Then the unthinkable, Graham moves out, leaving JJ heartbroken and confused.
This really was a heartfelt story about being true to one’s self, and remembering that your actions have consequences that affect not only you, but the people around you as well. Especially those that love you. What is that old saying, “we always hurt the ones we love.” That is assuredly fitting for this story. My only complaint is that the story itself was way too short. I wanted more details on some things that were glossed over. But overall, the story was a well written, fast, fun read about just being who you are.
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **