on December 18th 2015
Pages: 230 pages
Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world's best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He's got friends who treat him like family, and he's proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he's still falling for the wrong men.
When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn't seem to know it. If he does, he's not telling anyone. And he's about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.
Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he's falling for the right guy. But Quinn's got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.
I highly recommend reading the prior books in this series to help get a better sense of background.
19 yr old Jason Stern went to NYU for college, where he came out as a gay man. When he told his father, a rabbi, Jason was disowned and cut off from his family. He pursued a relationship with Colin, who didn’t return his feelings. In this installment, Jason is running an LGBTQ shelter and working with Colin’s older brother Quinn Fitzpatrick. Quinn in training to be a Catholic priest.
In his own words, Jason has a pattern for falling for the wrong men–and what better way to continue this trend than to fall for a man who intends to become a priest?
I enjoyed both characters because they made bad choices but had a good heart. Jason was there for a sister who hadn’t spoken to him since they was thrown out of his home. He has a heart for helping people. Most of all, he longs to be accepted as he is and loved completely. Quinn, on the other hand, worked so hard to balm his mother’s wounded heart. He denied himself so he could be pleasing to her. It was sad but I admire the courage it takes to put others needs and wants ahead of your own.
The journey wasn’t an easy one for both guys. After all, Quinn hadn’t decided what to do about his pursuit of the Priesthood and Jason didn’t want to stand in his way even though he loved Quinn so much. I found the sex got repetitive or maybe just a tad too much for me given the angst of the situation. I was pleased with ending and felt like both Jason and Quinn had grown individually and as a couple.
If you are looking for a steamy read with a side plot of family drama, then this book is for you.
**E-arc received from Inkslinger Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.
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