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    great novella

    I wavered between 4 and 5 stars for this one; there was a point in the middle of the book (well, maybe 3/4s of the way in) where the story could have gone off track (for me), but it didn't - probably partly because of the novella length (there was no time for the middle to get too drawn out). The point is, though, that I really enjoyed reading this and I loved Landry and came to love Justin as he 'got his head out of his a**' (paraphrasing his own words). It's well-written and the dialogue is believable. I do have trouble believing they spent ten years as best friends without these feelings (on either side) being revealed somehow before this point. But I'm ok with suspending my disbelief on that point and enjoying the story.
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    Learn to trust the focus

    Justin Akron has been best friends with Landry Jacobs for a long time. For the last 8 years or so, he has been in love with him too. He just did not know how to tell him. Landry is an openly gay man. Justin is a closeted collegiate athlete, who is afraid to "come out". Justin's father died a couple years ago while he was attending college. His father left him his RV to travel in and have his own adventure. As soon as they graduate, Justin and Landry leave for the summer to travel and say a final goodbye to his father - whose ashes they will place in the 12 locations that were his favorites. Landry is living the life he is supposed to. Just without Justin as open as he is. He does not know that Justin has lied to him this whole time. Can he tell Landry and still be best friends? Is it possible that this summer trip is the time to find out if they can be more than friends also? Justin has a had a lot to lose in the past. He also has had good reasons for not telling anyone he is gay. Now he wants to share his life with Landry. For the first time, he feels like a future could be possible as a gay man with his best friend and love of his life. Can they work it out? I was impressed by how the subject matter was approached. Not every one with a straight best friend will find that they return their feelings. In this book, however, it is almost obvious to those around them that they are meant to be.
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    A Summer Road Trip Changes Their Lives

    -- MY THOUGHTS -- Judging a Book by it's Cover: I purchased this book when I received approval for book 2, Focus on Me, but had been wanting to read it for quite some while. The men, wearing a kind of match-y dress casual, are holding hands and it is this that is the focal point. Blurring and fading the edges brings your eye to the exact place the publisher wants it to be. The synopsis sounds interesting and I look forward to reading about how Justin adapts and overcomes (assuming he does) the obstacles that his mother set for him, and how Landry plans on helping Justin through it all. Looking Deeper: First person POV, from Justin's perspective. Justin and Landry; childhood friends, two halves of a whole. One out and proud, the other feels forced into repression. They have just graduated college and are taking a summer road trip together to honor Justin's late father. There are plenty of raw emotions on this adventure, and many laughs, too. The grilled cheese scene had me laughing out loud - while reading in public. Pike's Peak made my heart hurt. The characters felt very real... as did their dialogue, interactions, decisions and reactions. Their chemistry is raw and believable. Secondary characters were few and far between, many were introduced as memories, blog comments and/or telephone conversations but each added a layer to the characters and helped to build the story. The plot was an excellent concept, it was executed well and written very smoothly. There were plenty of conflicts, and not many were resolved in a mature manner, but by knee-jerk reaction which makes the story more tangible. There was only the most minor of predict-abilities (Jud, for one) but that did not detract from the overall effect. The conclusion was solidly wrapped up, no cliffhangers. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Heat Level: 4 [R] ~ Score: 4.1 ~ Stars: 4 ------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Wonderful

    This is an exquisitely told story of a young man's journey to not only honor the memory of his father but also finding and accepting his own self. It is gripping and heartwarming and a book I won't forget for a while. Coming to terms with his sexuality and the love he feels for his best friend Landry as well as determining the right path for his future is weighing heavily on Justin Akron. There are moments of tenderness, anger, love, and rage but in the end, being true to his heart is the only way to go. This is a great m/m love story that I highly recommend.
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    Beautiful story about self-discovery.

    4.5 Stars I truly wasn't expecting to fall in love with this M/M romance but I did. It's the story of two 22 year old best friends. Landry is gay and has always been in love with Justin but thought he was straight. Justin is straight but we soon learn that it had always been an act. After he confesses his feelings to Landry, the story becomes about how these two deal with these new feelings for each other and how Justin deals with others knowing he's gay. In the background, happening throughout the book, is the cross country trip to spread Justin's fathers ashes. I enjoyed reading this very real and beautiful emotional story of self-discovery, acceptance and love. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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