Title: Life Worth Living
Jake has been in love with Quentin throughout college, studying the sexy science major from afar. Quentin has been in the closet his entire life, keeping his sexuality a secret from his political right-wing family. A summer romance brings the two men together but when Jake is attacked before graduation and then later in his home, the truth about the violence threatens to tear the men apart forever. Only when secrets are finally revealed can Jake and Quentin discover a life worth living.
Author: Tina Blenke
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Publisher
Published: December 18, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance, New Adult
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What are two men, who have found one another but are thrust upon two different paths, to do? Jake has secretly loved Quentin all through college and one fateful night, Quentin finally notices Jake. Quentin’s family comes from old money and would not accept Quentin’s sexuality; so he lives in hiding. Whereas, Jake is full of life and is content with who he is.
This book had many ups and downs. It started off with Jake trying to gain courage to speak to Quentin. I believe, though, that the timeline was off, it seemed to speed up then slow down. The majority of the book was during one great summer that the two of them spent together. Than the next part sped up through 4 years.
The heat between Jake and Quentin were not as steamy as some of the other M/M stories I have read. I enjoyed reading this story because it was sweet and yet hit on some serious issues that homosexual men deal with today. With times being the way that they are, you would expect men to not be afraid of who they are and what they love. However, so many men and women feel pressured to be who their families want them to be. I loved how Jake tried so hard to be everything Quentin deserved and wanted but he gives so much of himself that when the inevitable happens, he’s left broken.
Jake does his hardest to regain who he was after Q leaves and he makes himself better. So I was disappointed when Jake was so accepting of Quentin after he leaves and comes back with not much effort on Q’s part. Sure there was an explanation and things were all laid out but within hours it was like nothing happened. There were some heart wrenching scenes were I could not hold back the tears. The author did a great job helping the audience connect with the characters.