Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Twice the Hands to Hold
Author: Louis Stevens
Heroes: Brian and Matt Walker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 265 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: April 19, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Twin brothers Brian and Matt Walker went to live with their mother’s brother after the death of their parents at an early age. Brian is still wracked with the guilt he carries around from a young age and sees the world through a distorted lens of self-loathing. When he meets a sexy and interested college-aged guy at the beginning of his senior year of high school, he may have finally found someone who can help him escape his mundane existence.
Matt has his life all planned out — he longs for a solid career in journalism after graduating college. But his tenuous hold on family life threatens his dreams of independence, as does the attentions of a closeted new transfer to their school.
Can Matt pull away enough from his family to come into his own? And will Brian finally get to grips with his past and allow his twin to chase his own happiness?
Review: This was such a pleasant surprise and wonderful coming of age story. I don’t normally read them, but this one didn’t take long to pull me in and keep me turning the pages.
These boys have it pretty good now, even though it was a rough start losing their parents at such a young age. Their gay uncle stepped up to raise them though, and he’s done a fine job up to this point. The boys certainly don’t make it easy for him, but then, very few teenagers do.
Matt and Brian are twins who are pretty much free to be themselves. Matt is gay and out but more the geek of the two. Brian is a bi jock, star of the football team. They are both mostly accepted at school, but there are other issues they face along the way.
The three of them have been a very close family, with Matt and Brian sharing the twin bond as well. With college looming ever so quickly in their future, things are sure to change. They are hoping to go to the same school, but certain things have to happen for that to become a reality. Brian allows his fears to affect some poor decisions, and he ends up in somewhat of a downward spiral. Matt is interested in another boy, but that has its challenges as well. All of these things seem to be putting space between the two. Brian is most worried about all of this as he feels his brother slipping away from him. The two are close, very close, and while they do fool around some, things are never really pushed as over the line as I expected them to go.
This is also the story of Jake, the uncle who has basically put his life on hold to raise his sister’s boys. It’s about him finding love again with someone from his past and accepting that it is ok for him to have it in his life now. Again, the boys are lucky to have such wonderful and caring role models in their lives. I loved seeing this aspect as well.
This was very well written and pulled me right into the lives of these young men. It is sweet and loving, yet heartbreaking and sad at times. But, through it all, I had a feeling of wanting to see these boys journey through everything and find happiness at the end. Again, I don’t often read these types of stories, so when I do, and it works and leaves me with a total sense of enjoyment, that is saying quite a bit. Job well done, Louis.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*