Reviewed by Susan65
Author: N.R. Walker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 269 Pages
Publisher: N.R. Walker
Release Date: December 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.
Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.
A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.
Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.
Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.
Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.
Review: This was truly a romance slash love affair for the centuries. Israel and Sam were the real deal and it was written beautifully. The feels, the love and adoration, and the deep and abiding friendship between these men are what we all aspire to in our own lives. They have what we all want, but it was not easy, it took forever for them to realize it (or voice it), and it came with some heavy duty family drama to get there.
Israel, or Captain as his friends call him, has it all…on paper, but in real life he is a proper mess. Raised by wealthy parents who care more about business and socializing than loving on their only son. It’s no wonder he is so screwed up, but then, to top it off, he finds out at age twenty six that he was switched at birth and those cold parents weren’t even his. What a complete and utter mindfuck.
Sam does everything but tell Israel how he feels. It’s in his actions, his words, his eyes, but Israel is blind to love, because he has never had it…poor thing. A rich man who feels poor and would give it all up for a kind word from his father…such a tragedy. Sam truly bends over backwards for Israel and though it took more than half the book to get there, once they do, the steam factor went supernova. I was missing some sexy time and then all of a sudden I was overwhelmed with the sexiness from two of the hottest guys I’ve read about this year. And I’m talking about all of 2016, lol.
But basically, this is a well rounded story with drama from the family(ies), best friends becoming lovers, one of the best group of friends I’ve ever read about, and a father-son relationship that needed a ‘scare’ to get them back on track. It was a great ride, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*