Branson Farrell lost his parents when he was thirteen, and for the last ten years his brother, Mac, eight years his senior, has taken care of him. But Mac’s love came at a price. Both brothers were raised to believe being gay was completely unacceptable, and Branson has almost convinced himself he can be what Mac expects. When he looks at a man in a bar and Mac notices, Mac drags him off in horror.
Mac’s distress and disgust leads to a car accident that leaves Branson injured and Mac in a coma. Branson heals and stays at Mac’s bedside, but when Mac doesn’t recover, he is moved to a long-term care facility. There, Branson meets openly gay, confident, and attractive Liam Sullivan. Liam stirs feelings Branson thought he’d rid himself of, and to honor his brother, Branson fights tooth and nail against his attraction. When the cost of denying who he is becomes too high, Branson must battle a lifetime of hatred that’s been beaten into his body and mind to try for something of his own.
Oh my gosh. This book is beautiful. But grab your box of tissues before you start. Heart. BREAKING! Everything Branson does is for his brother Mac. Every decision he makes and the way he lives his life is for his brother’s approval; even if it means Bran’s unhappy. The way Bran reacts to Liam at first is so sad. But he’s also reaction to a lifetime of fear and bigotry. There were times I wanted to smack Andy for being insensitive and causing problems. But he never means harm. He’s just that clueless friend that you shake your head at sometimes but love just the same. Watching the friendship between Bran and Liam build was wonderful. They became the best of friends over time, overcame obstacles most friends wouldn’t have to deal with. But they had such a solid foundation to start a romantic relationship that you knew they would succeed. The ending though is equal parts heartbreaking, happy, and endearing. So much this book. Just read it!
I asked Brynn to give us a little insight into what it’s like for Liam to love someone that hasn’t accepted themselves yet. Gotta say the little scene we received is beautiful. Read and enjoy!
Below, we’ve caught Liam somewhere in the middle of the book.
“I love my Branny, more than life itself, so I do. But it’s sometimes so hard. I see a beautiful man, who would do anything for anyone. Someone who’s kind and brilliant and clever. But I often have a hard time convincing him of that. He’s been conditioned to focus on where he falls short, and not on all his fantastic traits. And that’s just talking about his general personality.
Trying to get him to admit that he was gay was one of the hardest things I’ve ever witnessed. I can’t take total credit, or even most, really. Amy and Andy had been working on him for years, trying to get him to accept that part of himself, trying to get him to see that just because he had been dependent on Mac all those years didn’t mean that Mac had been right about everything. It was a big step forward on Branson’s part just to say “I’m gay.” There’s a lot more work to be done before he’s actually comfortable saying that, let alone comfortable being in a relationship with another man, but he’s on the right track now.
I see him making the effort. I see him growing each day, and that’s really all I can ask for. He’s fought so hard even to come this far. I love him so much. I can wait for him. I had told him all along that if friendship was all he was ever comfortable with, that was all I’d ever ask for. I meant that, but I’m so grateful that he seems to be trying for more. He’s not there yet. He might not be for a long time. But he’s trying. That’s good enough for now.”
I’ve always loved to write and wrote fan fiction before I even knew what it was called. When computers came along, with online communities and places to publish fan fiction, I wrote even more. Then a friend convinced me to try to have an altered version of an AU (alternate universe, meaning all but original) published. My manuscript was accepted and now I’m a ‘published author’.
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