Physically, it’s easy for Ethan and Wyatt to be together—well, if “easy” means stolen moments when Ethan’s roommate is away, or sneaking away to a hidden nook in the library. Privacy is hard to come by in a dorm, but finding ways to connect is half the fun.
Emotionally, though, that’s a different story. Wyatt isn’t sure if a relationship is something he can make last—years of having to hide his emotions have left him with a shaky sense of self-confidence. And when it’s time to head home for the holidays, their steamy on-campus connection may not translate so well to the real world…
First, let me just say that I really loved both Ethan and Wyatt from book 1 and was thrilled to get more of their story.
In the first book, Ethan's eternal positivity was so "glass half-full" that you could feel his hope for what he and Wyatt could have dripping from the pages. It was completely contagious. You have lemons? Great! Ethan's all for making lemonade and I loved him for that.
However, in this continuation, told from Wyatt's point of view, it's just the opposite. Yes, I realize that he's been dealt a fairly shite hand at the table of life, but at a certain point, when the person that you're with has consistently shown you nothing but beauty, loyalty and kindness, you really have to grab it with both hands and hang on.
The entire way through this story, up until the last few pages, the feel of the story was " this is great, but temporary and Ethan is going to dump me, so I shouldn't dare to hope for more ," which felt disheartening and overly emo.
I loved getting more of Ethan and Wyatt, but to be honest, I felt that the focus on Wyatt's hesitation to accept the gift that he'd been given, Ethan's love and boundless optimism, were being squandered here.
The book does end on a hopeful note for their HFN; however, I still felt that their relationship was one built on loose sand, with Wyatt 'wanting' to stay, but not going 'all in' due to his fear of abandonment or betrayal.
I'd rate this one 4 stars for Ethan and 3 stars for Wyatt, so around 3.5 stars overall.
Without a doubt, I will be reading book 3, but I really hope that it has a much more positive vibe than this story and ends with a significantly more solid HFN, if not an actual HEA.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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