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.
(Book reviewed here previously)
WOW. NR Walker has done it AGAIN!
When I read the blurb I was a little leery, not that it wouldn’t be good, not that I wouldn’t enjoy it, but I was worried that this was going to be a story about Israel and his family MORE than about Israel and his new romance with Sam.
But, I should never doubt the master!
NR manages to move the story forward about BOTH Sam and Israel’s family – effortlessly! And I mean that she does it in a way that neither side felt less than the other and instead both seemed to work BECAUSE the other was moving forward.
This is an absolute fairy-tale of a story. Who hasn’t – at least once! – thought about if they were adopted/switched/belonged to another family at one time or another? Well, in this case I think the author gives a very plausible (if vague) reason for it and a way that opened up the story to the crux of the issue, which is how Israel feels and how his parents react.
The sexual tension in the story is WONDERFUL, and the release, even better! I loved these two together and thought they were not only adorable and sweet as a couple but HOT, too.
For fans of the author, fans of friends-to-lovers romances, anyone curious about how it would be to find out you were switched at birth, or anyone looking for a seriously-heart-warming story about finding your family, this is for you!
5 of 5 stars
What can I say about Joel that I haven’t already… he’s just so talented. He immerses you in the story and you know he’s as moved by what he’s reading as the listener. His relationship with NR Walker is a fortunate one that we all benefit from because she’s an amazing writer and he’s an amazing narrator and their chemistry together is off the charts! He’s the perfect choice for this story.
5 of 5 stars
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