Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Brad is a plain ordinary guy who works the night shift at a grocery store. Brad’s father is a doctor. The only reason for him to work is to pay for the extras he wants; his parents pay his room and tuition. Along with Brad is his best friend, Helen, who works the same hours. Since Brad is gay his relationship with Helen is one of brother and sister.
One quiet night at the store changes everything for Brad when in walks a guy singing his head off. The guy’s name is Jordy. He also attends Dickenson College, the same college where we met Freddie and Kurt from Biochemistry, book 2. Brad can’t get Jordy off his mind. When he sees him at school with one of the football players, a handsome well built guy, he knows he has no chance of ever getting Jordy to even see him.
For the Thanksgiving holiday, Brad’s parents have arranged for a cruise. Brad invites Helen to go with him. Helen comes from a poor, but loving family, and is at school with a scholarship. This trip is something she could only have dreamed about. One week aboard a cruise ship seems like fun, but when Brad sees Jordy on the ship, it suddenly seems like Heaven.
Brad, Helen, and Jordy spend their time together, and Brad can’t help but fall for him. When Jordy kisses him for the first time, Brad has no idea why someone who could stop traffic would want someone ordinary. Maybe Jordy is tired of seeing only what is on the outside and is finally looking for what is on the inside. This is a theme that Mr. Grey has used in the past, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” a theme that is always worthwhile repeating. So many people, male and female, fall for looks and are disappointed. Go with your heart and judge a person by their character and heart.
As always, I loved this story as I do all of Andrew Grey’s books. It is sweet and heartwarming. Of course there is sex, which is always done with dignity.