Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
I read this book basically in one sitting. It definitely kept me hooked in. So many things going on this book, but not overly done in that respect.
From minute one in the book, you are already anticipating what you know is ahead, the death of a beloved young man, and the growth into a new relationship. I’ve never read a book that walked its reader through the entire grief process, as part of an mm romance. The author did an amazing job with it, though. The book takes place over the span of a year, and yet, you see every stage of Ollie’s grief at losing Samuel, and every stage of Thomas’ losing Ollie over and over again.
The story never dragged on, it allowed the reader on the journey as Ollie learns how to be himself, and how to learn to love someone in an entirely new way (actually two someones). What a blessing for him to find a way to not only let go of the past, but find a way to incorporate it into his future.
I really enjoyed following along on this journey to Ollie becoming a new man, a family man, and Thomas finally getting what he had wanted since the first day he met Ollie.
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After living in Michigan, USA for seven wonderful years, Indra Vaughn returned back to her Belgian roots. There she will continue to consume herbal tea, do yoga wherever the mat fits, and devour books while single parenting a little boy and working as a nurse.
The stories of boys and their unrequited love will no doubt keep finding their way onto the page—and hopefully into readers hands—even if it takes a little more time.
And if she gleefully posts pictures of snow-free streets in winter, you’ll have to forgive her. Those Michigan blizzards won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
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