Book Review: Here For You by Skylar M. Cates

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Here For You
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Heroes: Cole/Ian
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 234 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 27, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Life is a thread connecting us. One pull and it all unravels.

Cole Gannon arrives in the seaside town of Ocean Vista to work as a bartender and finally find a place to belong. Determined to make a home for himself, Cole lives happily with his four colorful roommates, whom he considers brothers. The only problem is Cole’s attraction to Ian Stark—a guy all wrong for him. He wishes he didn’t keep running into the sexy lawyer.

Ian knows Cole is attracted to him, but the younger man keeps him at arm’s length. It only makes Ian more determined to be with Cole and learn all his secrets. But while Ian has built a successful law practice, he hasn’t done too well with relationships.

When a sudden and devastating tragedy occurs, it shatters Cole’s world and throws Cole and Ian together in unexpected ways. In an instant, everything between them changes forever.


Review: Even through the sadness that takes place in this book, it was a really sweet romance.

Cole has created a family of brothers who share a house. Each has a reason for needing their little family, but the story centers around them keeping the current one intact. At the center of it all is Cole, the one who encourages the family dinners, keeps the peace, etc. When a major piece of that pie is taken from them, the family falls apart a little, and Cole tries desperately to keep it all together.

Brendan was a shiny beacon in the house. He was interning at Ian’s law office, and Cole believed Brendan had a bit of a crush on Ian. It was for this reason that Cole tried to keep his distance from Ian, even though the two felt some serious sparks. Up until this point, Cole had been a bit of a player without having any real relationships. But, beneath that façade, he was quite the caring guy. Ian sees this and continues to pursue. It eventually pays off, and in the process, Ian learns things about himself and relationships. There are bumps in the road and reasons for all of this, but to say more would give away too much.

Much of this story is about the guys dealing with their grief and Cole and Ian’s budding feelings. Ian has his previous failed relationship to get over, and Cole is adjusting to having one at all. I did have a bit of a hard time seeing these guys together at first, as they didn’t seem to have much in common. Neither has had much of a real family growing up, and it becomes more apparent that each gives the other something they were missing.

I was not completely wowed or blown away by this story, and I felt things got a little repetitive at times. There were also a few things that I felt needed more closure, mostly where the other housemates were concerned. But it is very well written, kept my interest and ended up being a really sweet romance. This most likely boils down to a case of it’s not you, it’s me, and I’m sure many people will totally love it. If you don’t mind a little sadness before you get your fabulous HEA, be sure to give this one a go.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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