By Tara Lain
Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he's gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.
In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will's problems seem like nothing compared to Noah's. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn't happy about.
When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah.
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This is Will's story. He is a senior in college and the star football quarterback. However he has a bog secret, and is terrified anyone will find out. He is trying to be exactly who his father wants him to be, the problem is, this isn't who he wants to be.
Will's problem is he is hiding, hiding in plain site. Will can't admit what he really wants or stand up for what he believes, wants or needs. He can't admit who he really is to his family or his friends. In fact, the only person that knows his secret is one of the guys on the team, who also has a secret.
To me this story wasn't one that held my attention. In fact to me the story got to a point that I was forcing myself to keep reading it. I typically don't have a problem with a coming of age, being true to yourself type of story. However this one came across as over done. He is a star football player (hey I like macho guys), has a girlfriend that is supposed to be the hottest thing on campus (star quarterback and head cheer leader - shocking match up there), doesn't want to really play sports (ok he has his own dreams he wants to follow), and heaven forbid his family supports him (why would they, this family tried to hide everything that isn't picture perfect - hello mom and dad are both alcoholics). This has been done over and over again. To me this was every angst and issue one could have piled up on top of each other in one story.
This really wasn't a story that kept me wanting more, wanting to find out what was going to happen and if he was going to get his happy ending and stand up for himself. Honestly, this story to me came across as overdone, and a little too much. I was hoping that with the guy from school that has the YouTube channel that did an interview with Will & another member of the team would make the story more interesting, however to me it still wasn't. Sorry but this wasn't a story that I would read again. There was too much going on and nothing really redeemable about the characters for me to care what happens.
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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