Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Elijah Masters had his life fall apart beginning his senior year in high school when his beloved father was killed in an electrical fire. Everyone rallied around him to get him through his senior year so he could attend Stanford University with a scholarship. Unfortunately when he got to Stanford he did everything wrong including submitting a report that he plagiarized. Suspended and having to return home was devastating but it was just the beginning of the nightmare that his life turned into.
It has been less than two years since his father’s death and when he gets home he is greeted by a man much younger than his mother and he is now his mom’s fiance. Justin Michael is not what Elijah would ever have expected his mother to pick, he is handsome, a health food fanatic and apparently with no income of his own. Making matters worse is the fact that as a gay man Elijah can’t help his attraction to his mother’s fiance.
Elijah gets a job at a coffee shop hoping to save enough money to move out of his mother’s home and it was there that he first saw Mike Shatz, a kid from high school who was always rumored to be slow. Mike has ADHD dyslexia and processing disorder but he is in a two year college working towards getting into a four year one. Mike is gay and always had a thing for Elijah in school but they ran in a totally different crowd. Elijah sees that Mike is a very special kind of guy and very different.
It is Mike and his other friends that are responsible for pulling Elijah out of the depression he has found himself in all over Justin. Justin is a monster with a smile that draws you in and when Elijah finally realizes the full extent of his deception and evilness and confronts his mom she takes Justin’s side. Justin always seems to be one step ahead of Elijah and always comes out smelling like a rose.
I won’t go into detail about Justin’s actions or Elijah’s but Elijah never stood a chance against a man whose entire life was built on deceit and lies. This was not a happy read but it was a journey that Elijah had to take to come out a winner. Mike and Elijah work on a relationship and Mike is just a wonderful character who in spite of Elijah’s mess ups finds a way to overlook them.
The book was a love story, a story of overcoming odds and a chance for a do over.