Book Blurb :
After a hard life filled with experiences he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can’t shove aside.
Brett can’t help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he’s determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.
Cory shouldn’t have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn’t ready to need, he reacts… and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.
Two people starved for attention. One hides behind a sarcastic ‘screw the world’ attitude while the other struggles to get even a smidgen of love and comfort from his own father. A chance meeting at, of all places, a dumpster, leaves an impression on both Cory and Brett. Neither can stop thinking about the other. Brett can’t help but feel protective of Cory and he finds himself going out of the way to do small things for him. I found it both sweet and endearing for Brett’s character, because even though he gives off the tough as nails vibe he’s got this sticky sweet center just waiting to come out and enrobe the right person.
Brett’s childhood makes me want to scream and cry for what his mother put him through; no child should ever be subjugated to such evil, twisted, vicious torment that Brett dealt with, never! It’s no wonder Brett has struggled to make it, but it’s also a testament to how strong his personal character is that he goes out of his way to extend himself to another and be there for Cory.
It’s a shame how hard Cory has to struggle with his own father, Roderick; always seeming to go out of his way to do anything for him, only to get grief in return and largely ignored. His father can’t even manage to show an ounce of love towards his only son, more focused on his drinking as he is, and his singing aspirations. He is oblivious to his son’s needs.
I’ve gotta say, though, this story sure did a number on my head. It’s written well but also very confusing. With the chapters done month by month, it’s hard to get a true feel for what’s really happening. Before you know it, you’re halfway through the book and 3 years have gone by, yet it only really feels like a few months have elapsed. I honestly wouldn’t have known how much time was transpiring between each chapter if the months and years weren’t defined as they are.
As time rolls by, a beautiful friendship blossoms. The love between Cory and Brett is definitely there, just very well hidden. But when Brett gets scared he says something that causes both their worlds to come crashing down.
When Steven comes into the picture I hated him on sight. There is just something about this guy that rubs me the wrong way! They way he pursues Cory is just disgusting. Not to mention, the way Cory’s father tries to basically pimp his own son just so he can possibly make some inroads for his music aspirations (Steven is a part of the band called Dirty Laundry).
This whole situation with Steven coming in the picture just doesn’t fit! The story was building so well, then Steven is thrown in, and everyone bends over backwards to fill this creep’s every need. I went from enjoyment to utter confusion. Why was this added to the storyline? It does nothing but make all the characters look bad because they don’t lift a finger to stand up for Cory!
OMG! I could have killed Roderick! Hell, I could kill all the damn employees at that pub, and seriously smacked Brett. They way they all turned a blind eye to Steve’s unsubtle manipulation while he damned near raped Cory made me furious! GRRR!!! So completely messed up! How could they not see how uncomfortable Cory was around that guy?!
At this point I was all ready to have some serious sympathy for Cory, only than he had to turn into this annoying little brat and treat Brett harshly. I mean, I understand that he was almost raped. But after 2 weeks of healing, it’s like he’s just stringing Brett along with mixed signals. One moment Cory is pissed at Brett and telling him to leave, then he’s begging Brett to kiss him only to push him away again.
The strength Brett had to take the roller coaster ride Cory is putting him through after the attack showed just how much he truly loves Cory, maybe even feelings bordering on a slight obsession. But you can’t fault Brett for his strong feelings. While he does carry a smidgeon of guilt in not being present to protect Cory, he also doesn’t give up on him.
I swear, by the end my emotions were a complete mess! I’m not sure what to think or say but this was just a twisted mess of a bit too much angst! One thing for sure, Brett is a damned angel! Seriously! I don’t know why but he sure as hell worshipped Cory, and I’m not entirely sure Cory deserves it! While I still don’t like Roderick, he does make an attempt to clean up his act, which was nice to finally see.
I give this 4 couples. It’s a beautiful story that takes place in the span of roughly 4 years. It’s about a budding relationship that isn’t without its struggles of hardships, yet strives to reach great heights so in the end love will conquer all.
Pubisher : Dreamspinner Press
Source : Publicist Provided for Review
Released : September 21th 2012
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