No one should ever be a secret.
My heart broke as I read this story. It’s been a while since I’ve had a story cut me to the marrow. BG Thomas wrote these characters in a tender, loving way that made me want to know more about them and root for them, too. I loved Wade and Kent. These two are flawed, sure, but the journey is so…good.
I said my heart broke. Wade lived for a long time in the shadow of his former lover, Gene. He was a secret and expected to be quiet. Considering there are many gay people who feel forced to live this way–from their own choices or those of others–made him realistic. I wanted to hug Wade and let him know it was okay to cry and to move on. I liked the dynamic between Wade and Kent. The age difference is great and the way they look at things is good, too. They’re survivors and finding each other might be the best thing to happen to them.
My only quibble is I wish the story was longer because I didn’t want to let these two characters go. But trust me, it’s not a true quibble. I just loved them so much.
If you want a short story that will tug at the heart strings, then this might be the book for you.
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