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I found myself not only staying up late to read this book but also thinking about the characters the next day and being sorry their story was over. To me that's a definite winner.


The novel's premise is as follows: "Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can’t imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone.

Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they’ll never find a way to be together—if he can even convince Matt to try."

What the author does really well in this story is provide depth to the main characters and convincing character development. While the other characters aren't really given much time or fleshing out, it works rather well in both showing the loneliness of Jared's life and Matt's similar isolation. Their slide into friendship is convincing and their barriers at moving past that point seem like a realistic struggle. I spent time being frustrated with both the main characters at times, but not because of contrivances or foolishness, but because it was obvious they could work well together if each could bend some for the other.

The claustrophobia of the small town is also well done and a factor in the story. So is the way a subplot about Jared's work gets woven into a larger point about his life and character. And while the secondary characters don't get any lives of their own, the way they do interact with Jared (most are his family) seem more natural than the way many "best friend" characters appear in romances simply to move the plot along.

In short, I enjoyed the book and plan to check out some of the author's other work.
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