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Chase never had many friends, but at college, he meets and forms close ties with straight jock Tyler Davidson—a connection he fears he’ll lose if he tells Tyler he’s gay. Keeping his sexuality secret becomes harder for Chase as he joins Tyler and his family at their idyllic lake house for the summer. It grows more and more difficult for Chase to avoid Tyler’s attempts to set him up with girls, and he’s tired of making excuses. Chase is ready to embrace the man he is, but he’s afraid of what it will cost him.
The Davidsons seem like the perfect family, but Chase soon realizes there’s trouble in paradise. Tyler’s dad, Nathan, has done everything to make a good life for his wife and children—including suppressing his sexuality and denying his needs for years. But like Chase, Nathan is growing weary of living a lie. What begins as an offer of support from Chase grows into an unexpected attraction that will have profound effects on everyone. Chase and the Davidsons are about to learn that there’s no such thing as a perfect family, but that perfection isn’t a requirement for friendship and love.
First Edition published by Palari Publishing LLp, 2010.
I’m glad I’m not the only one left feeling like this after reading this book. I do think that certain things should have been in the beginning of this book. Like, I don’t know that it was a freaking movie first. I could have watched it somewhere instead of taking my time and getting invested into the story. I mean not once did I overly complain that it wasn’t a damn romance or that it 4 different p.o.v. I mean 4!!! I was okay with the dreary tone of the story. I was okay with the Stepford Wife Stacey, and the Entitled Tyler. I even put up with the aloofness of Nate. Most memorable character belonged to the 10 year old Birdie! I adored her, everything else gets me ragey mad. No wait, it gets me mad. The treatment of Chase in this story gets me mad. Don’t get me wrong, I understand he played his part in this Telenova, but No One, No One treated him right. He’s a kid at the end of the day and yeah he’s only 20.
This entire family is wrapped around the notion that they are perfect and living the American dream. Well hate to rain on your parade sweetheart, but most people lives aren’t perfect. They are living in an illusion of their lives. I mean I can understand Nate and Stacey were high school sweethearts who became teenage parents at the age of 16. They didn’t have a chance to grow up or experience things like normal young adults. They have to become parents early and doing so Nate repressed a side of himself that he never got to experience. I was able to deal with the tone and pacing of the story. It’s not a romance at all. Everything seemed to implode in one weekend. Chase basically has no one that cares about him. He talks a little about his alcoholic mother and his father died when he was younger. So he’s done everything by himself and he then he enrolls into a university after working hard at a junior college. There he meets his straight jock best friend Tyler. That’s how he seems Tyler. Tyler who comes from the perfect family with a summer beach house. The summer beach house is where lives comes to be destroyed it seems. Tyler’s entire reaction at Chase not telling him he was gay was b.s. imo. He was that heartbroken, did he not understand why Chase never said anything? I literally wanted to punch him in the face a couple of times. He was clueless, and selfish. GTFO about being hurt because he didn’t share it with you. I won’t give away the plot in case some miserable sap decides to read this. Just know it’s not a HFN or HEA. It’s just ends. Really after all of this shit, Chase is left with no one, Stacey has to get a real personality, Tyler needs to come up off that pedestal and Nate gets to drive off in the sunset with some resolutions to work out amongst himself. Sure. That’s fine. Well let me explain my rating, I was enjoying the story all the way up until the 85% mark. I couldn’t rate 0 stars, that seemed unfair even though my thoughts are telling me too. At one point I was think 4.25 stars because after all of ranting I was still liking the book, but then it ended and after all the F bombs I throw at it, I had to think impartially and like a reader. So I went with the cordial 3.