They could hardly have been less alike.
David is striking, tanned, smooth, charismatic, blond with an ice melting smile, and possesses an unmistakable gift as a fiction writer, even at twenty-one. Wyatt looks as plain as paper, short by comparison, white as a ghost, graceless, a celebrated oil painter. He is single and he is out. David, raised a strict evangelical fundamentalist, is embarrassed by his own virginity. Both men are sent to Puffin Island and, within days of their arrival a young woman washes ashore, frozen and unresponsive after her kayak crashes against the rocks.
David and Wyatt save her life. Days later, Wyatt is charged with rape. While the authorities investigate, the woman’s nineteen year old identical twin brothers paddle their way to Puffin to teach Wyatt a lesson. Their goal, to avenge their sister.
The bond between David and Wyatt increases during island duty, and his heart struggles with the imbedded childhood dogma and lethally homophobic parents, propelling him to bond with Wyatt, but, when the inthinkable happens, Wyatt is once more left alone. Wyatt has no option but to move on because there is a lot at stake and he turns to the unlikeliest of characters to fill the void, a person who will teach him an important lesson; that love is all about choice. By making a decision, Wyatt must sacrifice a need that had been created by his past with David.
This book ran the gamut for me when reading. I went back and forth between “I love this” to “Big fat WTF?! face”. There are some parts that I loved and the emotion in them are fabulously written. There are parts that are heart wrenching. Sadly there’s also parts that just flat out didn’t make sense in the story. I wasn’t a fan of David’s continuous jealousy and rages about it. I saw what happened to David coming. I kind of wish it would have been mentioned in the blurb a bit more. I would have liked more building of the relationship between Wyatt and Thayne. Kathryn was a great character. I loved her sense of humor and how supportive she was of David, Wyatt, Shayne and Thayne. There were some instances of abuse mentioned that seemed to be throw away aspects of the story. They were never really discussed or resolved. Just happened and move on. I really like that Wyatt and David helped Shayne and Thayne learn to read and write. I also enjoyed that the story had a solid and complete happily ever after.
Three and a half
“ I need to ask you a point blank question.”
“You can always ask, David. You know that.”
“I…I want to…I want know if…fuck this is so hard. Just a sec. I need to breathe.”
I waited a few moments, listening to him breathe deeply.
‘Okay, I’m ready. You still there?”
“Still here. What’s bothering you David?”
“I…I’ve never done this before so please forgive me for botching it up.”
“Talk to me, David.”
“Okay. Okay.” He whispered, and then taking a deep breath, said, “I want to know if you love me. I mean, are you in love with me?”
* * *
Knock me over with a feather.
I’d been staring out the window watching a couple of kittens chasing each other up and down a pair of maples in our yard.
Somehow, I suddenly identified with the chaser.
“I’ll answer that if you promise to answer the same question. Deal?”
I heard a gulp in my ear piece. “Perfect. I’ll answer it first since I asked it,” he said. “You need to know that I love you. I am in love with you. And I’m fucking miserable not having you by my side. I’m even more forlorn knowing you’re dating someone else.” He paused and took a deep breath. “Okay? There, I said it.”
“Do you feel better?”
“That depends on your answer.”
Kristopher Quentin has been writing for decades. He is a businessman and broadcast journalist by trade, a man up at 3:45 every weekday morning for a stint on the news desk; a little earlier on weekends to write fiction in his man cave. An upstate New Yorker by birth, he now lives in the most rural area of far northern Maine, USA, on 54-acres of land: wooded, lawns, driveways, and a few buildings including his four thousand square foot home which he calls the white house; because it is. His property is home to moose, deer, rabbits, raccoons, porcupines, fox, weasels, black bears, and one Bard owl.
He loves reading gay romances among other forms of fiction; non-fiction; and memoirs most of which he considers to be fictional. Travelling, dining out, boat riding are among his passions; that and flying his own single engine airplane when he was younger.
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