Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Decisions We Make
Author: R.J. Scott
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 137 Pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: January 22, 2012
Available at: Love Lane Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Daniel Keyes is an orphan, fostered by the Walkers. The product of a lonely childhood, he is thrown into the chaos of the Walker family and into the life of his new foster brother Jamie.
This story is the journey of Daniel and Jamie finding their place in the world. Through Jamie being a victim of hate crime to coming out to family and friends, there are many decisions the boys have to make before they become men.
Review: What a wonderfully sweet story this ended up being, although the road getting there was anything but. A fabulous tale of discovery and acceptance that I quite enjoyed.
Daniel is lucky enough to be fostered with the Keyes family, all of whom are very supportive and caring. They help him come out of his shell after the loss of his parents. He grows particularly close to Jamie, who has taken on the job of protecting Daniel whenever he can.
Daniel learns early on that he is gay, but it takes a while for him to come out to the family. Every one of them was loving and supportive in their own ways. Jamie had a bit of a problem but more so because he was disappointed Daniel had not confided in him.
Over time, Jamie and Daniel grow closer, and Jamie starts feeling more than brotherly feelings for Daniel. Unfortunately, the nasty would-be prom queen overhears about it and takes matters into her own hands. This was my least favorite part of the story in terms of her character and her actions.
But, the boys come through. So many times Daniel was ready to run, to escape the feelings he had about the family, Jamie and whether he deserved any of it. He broke my heart many times. Jamie is the more steadfast of the two, doing everything he can to prevent Dan’s escaping.
I loved watching these two discover themselves and each other. Though they take things slow, and never go that final step, what they do experience is intense and emotional. I loved that Jamie’s research solidified his feelings of not being ready for more but that he still wanted everything else he could get.
Things are still in the beginning stages for these guys as they head off to college bringing a whole new set of fears for each of them. I would love to see another story showing how things are going. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story of young adulthood and definitely recommned for those who like the sweetness of young discovery.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*