Sand & Water by Shae Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review edited as per request of the publisher on February 29th. See the comments on Goodreads for more.
I admit I'd be heartbroken if I ever found out this was one of those plagiarised works.
Because I really, really liked this story.
I liked the sweetness of it. I liked it even when it bordered eye-roll-inducing sappiness.
I liked how everything was so delightfully normal. I liked how family and friends didn't just disappear when the crushing started.
I liked how John never forgot to put his daughter first. I liked how Bryan loved that about John.
I liked that there was a happy hetero-relationship model in the book too.
I liked that no one was vilified to make the gays look better.
I liked the slow-build of the romance. I liked the talking that came before the kisses. I liked the kisses that came before dry-humping. I liked the dry humping that came before the actual sex. And I liked...
I liked how the story was about more than just romance. I liked how it was about the coming to terms with a loss, the moving on with your life, and the falling in love again.
I liked how not everyone was supportive or even accepting.
I liked how it was about forgiveness.
I liked how this was imperfect story with few too many artificial emphasis on just how manly and gay John and Bryan are.
I liked how a few questions remained unanswered, because real life rarely gives us any answers at all.
I liked the quietness of it.
I liked how it ended in a place of hope and happiness.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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